December 2013

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and HOW many days?

I’m going to take some time off for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.  This break will be needed.  There will be 87 days until Timber Rattlers Opening Night when regular posting begins again at Rattler Radio on January 6, 2014.

If you want to check on the Winter League action during this little hiatus, check out the Australian Baseball League or the Caribbean Leagues at their websites.

For now, I want to share a couple of video clips that show what Christmas means to me.

First, the greatest Christmas moment on network television…probably ever*, but definitely in the last ten years:  Ziva’s convenience store shootout from the Newborn King episode of NCIS.

If you think an Israeli NCIS agent beating the crap out of a Russian mercenary in slow motion as Silent Night plays and Gibbs is delivering the child of a female Marine in a different room isn’t Christmas…well…you and I have very different ideas about what Christmas is.

The greatest Christmas carol of all time is Bing Crosby & David Bowie’s Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth:

Allow me to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you in 2014!

happy holidays

*-I will also accept the end to A Very Brady Christmas at the top of this list:

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2008 Star Wars

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

The first Star Wars night of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was held in 2008.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of photos from that year.  But, these photos should show off the design.

That’s Ron Garth on the left of the first photo and staring straight into the camera.  This shot shows off the X-Wing underneath the ‘R’ in Rattlers.  You can also just see the patch on the player with his left leg up on the top step of the dugout.

On the bench

On the bench

Juan Diaz is at the plate and you can see the starfield on the back with the design of the numbers.

At the plate.

At the plate.

That would be Garth at the plate.

Follow through

Follow through

Check out the fans in the stands.

The kid in the background...still thinking about meeting R2D2.

The kid in the background…still thinking about meeting R2D2.

Can you find Alex Liddi in this next photo?

I picked this picture because someone in the background is actually reading a PLAY BALL! magazine.

I picked this picture because someone in the background is actually reading a PLAY BALL! magazine.

I’m pretty sure that the player in the dugout who has his hands on his hips is Phillippe Aumont.

One last shot.

One last shot.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

Wild Card Wednesday – Atlanta Braves

This feature has been tracking its way through the parent clubs of the Foxes and Papermakers for the last few weeks.  This week, a look at the cards from the parent club at the end of the Wisconsin State League Era.

The Appleton Papermakers were affiliated with the Boston Braves in 1952 and the Milwaukee Braves in 1953.  Those were the only times a team in Appleton has been partnered with the team that is now in Atlanta.

NOTE: This will be the last Wild Card Wednesday of 2013.  The feature will return on January 8.

In 1980, every guy had the exact pair of sunglasses that Joey McLaughlin is wearing for his baseball card.  Brett Butler didn’t quite have the “pose for baseball card” look down at this point in his career.

I'll trade you that Doyle Alexander card for a John Smoltz rookie card.

I’ll trade you that Doyle Alexander card for a John Smoltz rookie card.

Most of the players on this sheet were better known for their time with other teams.  I am also showing these off to remind everyone how horrible “power blue” as a uniform color choice.

Say Biff Pocaroba and try not to smile.

Say “Biff Pocaroba” and try not to smile.

Bruce Benedict’s last card is almost identical to the Brad Komminsk card in the first entry.  Rick Camp went from clean shaven to mustache to full beard in this series of cards.  Chris Chambliss spent seven years with the Braves…the exact amount of time he spent with the Yankees.  Chambliss played 886 games and hit 80 homers with the Braves and 885 games with 79 home runs with the Yankees.

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I prefer Camp’s jacket to the one Chambliss is wearing.

Jeff Borroughs looks like the stereotypical 1978 baseball player in his card on the top row.  Couldn’t they have put Vic Correll behind a plate behind the plate instead of just saying, “We’ll take it right here.”  Also, the Fleer guys weren’t feeling too creative with the cards for Bob Horner and Charlie Spikes in their 1981 set.

Bob...Freaking...Horner!

Bob…Freaking…Horner!

In order: a top reliever of the era who helped stop Pete Rose’s hitting streak at 44 games, an outfielder Braves fans insist should be in the Hall of Fame, and a Hall of Fame pitcher.

Remember the Gene Garber card from the Phillies last week?

Remember the Gene Garber card from the Phillies last week?  We will come back to this.

The 1978 and 1979 team cards.  Bobby Cox was the manager in both of these photos from his first tour of duty with Atlanta.

Future Stars!

Future Stars!

This card of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry is from the 1982 Topps set.  Perry only pitched for the Braves in 1981 and was released by Atlanta on October 5, 1981.  He had 297 wins at the time.  Perry would sign with Seattle in March of 1982 and win his 300th game on May 6, 1982 with a complete game at home against the New York Yankees.  He was 43 at the time.

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Perry didn’t look too worried that he wouldn’t get a shot at #300

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Tater Tuesday – Shawn McCorkle (2000)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Shawn McCorkle, a Timber Rattlers first baseman in 2000, is the subject this week.

McCorkle also stole FOUR BASES in 2000.

McCorkle also stole FOUR BASES in 2000.

McCorkle hit seventeen home runs for the Rattlers during that regular season and added one in the playoffs.  He finished second on the team in home runs that season.

HR #1
Date: April 19
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: N/A
Score After Homer: N/A

HR #2
Date: April 27
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: N/A
Score After Homer: N/A

HR #3
Date:
 May 8

Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher:  N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: N/A
Score After Homer: N/A

HR #4
Date: May 13
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher:  Cheyenne Janke
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #5
Date: May 21
Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tommy Marx
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Type: Two-out
Score After Homer:  Wisconsin 2, West Michigan 0

HR #6
Date: May 21
Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tommy Marx
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, West Michigan 0

HR #7
Date: May 24
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brian Matzenbacher
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 1

HR #8
Date: June 11
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dave Pember
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0

HR #9
Date:
 June 25 (Game 1)

Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Simonson
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, South Bend 0

HR #10
Date: June 25 (Game 2)
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Parker
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 0

HR #11
Date: June 26
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Greg Valera
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: South Bend 2, Wisconsin 1

HR #12
Date: June 30
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Marc Sauer
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 2

HR #13
Date: July 2
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Beckett
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

HR #14
Date: July 10
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Henry Bonilla
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Quad City 2

HR #15
Date: July 28
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jamie Escalante
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 4

HR #16
Date: July 29
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Julian Harris
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer:  Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 3

HR #17
Date: August 16
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: JT Harris
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Cedar Rapids 3

POSTSEASON
HR #1

Date: September 7
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Marc Neubauer
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 0

NOTES:
The first three homers have information missing due to me being gone for my announcing job with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Shawn McCorkle and Leone went back-to-back with home runs on June 30.

Leone and McCorkle also accounted for the only two runs July 2 game against Kane County.  Both hit solo homers off Josh Beckett in a 2-0 win.  JJ Putz tossed a complete game shutout for the Timber Rattlers in that game.

McCorkle hit eleven of his seventeen regular season homers on the road.  He started the season in the lower part of the order before moving up into the #3 spot in the lineup for the majority of the season.

McCorkle, a 7th round pick in 1998 out of Mount Clair State, was a midseason All-Star.  He was also named the MWL’s Postseason All-Star First Baseman.  McCorkle played the 2001 season for San Bernardino, Seattle’s California League affiliate, but was let go before the 2002 season started.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through games of….

There appeared to be some issues in the Winter Leagues over the weekend with some stats not being reported…All of the Winter Leagues.  It appears these statistics are through games of either Friday or Saturday and several teams have only two or three games in the stats.

There are also some issues here in Northeast Wisconsin.  It’s cold and there’s snow on the ground and I’m sick of it already.

Yuk.

Yuk.

New players to add to the report this week: BOBBY! Livingston is in Puerto Rico, Eric Marzec is in Australia, and JC Ramirez is in Venezuela.

BOBBY

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (24-27):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1 game; 0-0, 5.40ERA; 1.2IP, BB, 0K; 3.00 WHIP

Bravos de Margarita (20-30):
Hunter Morris: 3 games; .091/.091/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Renee Cortez: 13 games; 1-1, 9.37 ERA; 16.1IP; 10BB, 7K, 2.08 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (24-26):
Oswaldo Navarro: 29 games; .288/.374/.425; 2HR, 16RBI
Luis Valbuena: 23 games; .322/.427/.471; 3HR, 13RBI
Jose Escalona: 13 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 7.50 ERA; 18.0IP; 12BB, 15K, 1.94 WHIP
Caesar Jimenez: 10 games; 0-1, 4 Saves, 5 Save Opportunities, 3.38 ERA; 10.2IP, 4BB, 10K, 1.03 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 17 games; 1-1, 6.75 ERA; 8.0IP; 2BB, 8K, 1.50 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(25-26):
Mike Fiers: 4 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 12.79 ERA; 6.1IP, 4BB, 10K, 2.37 WHIP
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP

Navagantes del Magallanes (27-24):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI

Tirburones de La Guaira (26-23):
JC Ramirez: 3 games, 0-0, 9.00ERA; 2.0IP, 3BB, K, 3.50WHIP

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (25-27):
Kalian Sams: 22 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (25-27):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI
Johan Limonta: 16 games; .164/.215/.197; 0HR, 5RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (25-15):
Edward Paredes: 7 games; 0-1, 7.71; 2.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.14 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 20 games; 1-0, 0 saves, 1 save opportunity, 2.45 ERA; 18.1IP; 3BB, 6K, 1.42 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (14-27):
Juan Diaz: 27 games; .172/.232/.234; 0HR, 3RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (18-23):
Carlos Peguero: 7 games; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (26-15):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (24-17):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 20 games; .184/.245/.306; HR, 2RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (12-16):
Jeff Dominguez: 26 games; .214/.290/.310; 0HR, 6RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 2 games; .200/.200/.200; 0HR, RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 8 games; 0-0, 0 saves, 1 save opportunity; 4.09ERA; 11.0IP, 5BB, 7K; 1.73 WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (14-15):
Efrain Nieves: 8 games, 5 games started; 2-1, 3.96ERA; 25.0IP, 15BB, 25K; 1.52 WHIP
Bobby Livingston: 1 game, 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1.0IP, 0BB, 0K, 1.00 WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (13-13):
Justin Souza: 11 games; 1-2, 3 saves, 5 save opportunities, 5.73 ERA; 11.0IP; 7BB, 5K; 2.00 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (16-13):
Martin Maldonado: 17 games; .204/.290/.278; HR, 7 RBI
Hiram Burgos: 8 games; 5 starts, 0-1, 1.99 ERA; 22.2IP, 11BB, 24K, 1.24 WHIP

Leones de Ponce (15-13):
Rene Rivera (2 teams): 20 games; .184/.226/.286; HR, 9RBI
Joel Pineiro: 2 games, 2 games started; 1-0, 0.00ERA; 9.0IP, 3BB, 9K, 0.67 WHIP

Australia:
Melbourne Aces (10-9):
Eric Marzec: 3 games; 0-0, 4.15ERA; 4.1IP, BB, 6K, 1.75 WHIP

Sydney Blue Sox (10-9):
Craig Anderson: 6 games, 6 starts; 2-3, 3.15 ERA; 40.0IP, 11BB, 25K; 1.43 WHIP

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2009 Star Wars

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

The second Star Wars Night held by the Timber Rattlers was in 2009.  The design was Timber Rattlers in the Star Wars font with a green lightsaber under the team name.

I think that they turned out pretty well.

The Jim Henderson autograph just adds to it.

The Jim Henderson autograph just adds to it.

Numbers are also in the font

The font will be with you?

The font will be with you?

Here’s a look at the full front of the uniform.

Team autographed jersey.

Team autographed jersey.

Here are a

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Fang got into the act, too.

Not a real lightsaber.

Not a real lightsaber.

The game was supposed to be on June 6, 2009.  But, it got rained out.  The team is taking the field on Sunday afternoon June 7 here.

This was for game one of a doubleheader.

This was for game one of a doubleheader.

Yes. A winter cap on June 7, 2009 for an afternoon game.

Brett Lawrie on deck.

Brett Lawrie on deck.

You will note that the bullpens are not beyond the outfield fences.

BROCK!

BROCK!

The team took care of game one, went up to change into their Brewers Sunday jerseys, and got ready for the sequel…er, the second game of the doubleheader.

Game one was a win!

Game one was a win!

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

Wild Card Wednesday – Philadelphia Phillies

For the past few weeks, Wild Card Wednesday has looked at the parent clubs of the Appleton Foxes.  It’s going a little deeper into the history books this week.

The Philadelphia Phillies were the parent club of the Appleton Papermakers from 1947-1949.  While no former Papermakers may be in my collection, there is a former Fox Cities Fox, a few Hall of Famers, and several with Brewers ties in the following peek into my collection.

The Willie Montanez card is from 1974 and is still one of my favorites.  The four cards from 1978 of players that had a lot to do with why the Phillies were the NL East Champions that year….and the year before that…and – except for Foote – the year before that.  Warren Brustar looks like Cal Naughton, Jr.

Look at Gene Garber in the center square. This will be important next week.

Look at Gene Garber in the center square. This will be important next week.

Top row is current Phillies broadcaster Larry Christenson.  Middle row all became major league managers.  Bottom row spent time with the Cubs.

De Jesus was traded to the Phillies from the Cubs in 1982 for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg.

De Jesus was traded to the Phillies from the Cubs in 1982 for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg.

I didn’t think that I had any Steve Carlton cards.  Now, I realize that I have two.  I should also mention that all five of these players were some of my favorites from that era.

Bake McBride!

Manny Trillo? Also a former Cub.

Now former or future Brewers from that era.

Look up Randy Lerch Tae Kwon Do

Look up Randy Lerch Tae Kwon Do

The team card is from 1978.  That must have been taken outside the stadium.  Check out the Leisure Suit on the guy in the second row.  I wonder how many times the photographer tried to get this picture.  Look at the photo taking no-nos:

Top Row: Guy in the middle turned to talk to the player on his left
Middle Row#1: Third player in from the left also turned to talk to the player on his left.
Middle Row #2: First player in from the right is doing something to his left ear with his right hand.
Middle Row #3: Second player in from the right is turned to see what the first player in from the right is doing.
Front Row: The batboy (?) on the far right is taking a look at everyone else in the front row.
Seated: Middle guy is covering his mouth.

Also, Another Jim Kaat card?  I must have one of him with every team he has worn a uniform.

Sparky Lyle, 1964 Fox Cities Fox.

Sparky Lyle, 1964 Fox Cities Fox.

The 1981 Phillies were the defending World Champs.  They won the first half before the strike, but lost in the Divisional round to the Montreal Expos.

Larry Bowa...In Action! at Wrigley Field.

Larry Bowa…In Action! at Wrigley Field.

I hated Mike Schmidt for what he would do to the Cubs on those games on WGN.  But, he’s a Hall of Famer now and one of the greatest third basemen in history.

Dayton's own!

Dayton’s own!

Meet my Wall of Tim McCarver.

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

If you look closely at the cap on the following card, you can tell that the cap was placed there through the 1978 equivalent to Photoshop.  Cardenal was with the Cubs in 1977, but was traded to the Phillies in October of 1977.  The original photo must have been him in a Cubs cap and there wasn’t enough time for them to get a new picture of him.

Oscar Gamble-esque!

The hair is Oscar Gamble-esque!  And it is Perfect!

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Tater Tuesday – Justin Leone (2000)

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Justin Leone, a Timber Rattlers third baseman in 2000, is the subject this week.

Leone hit eighteen home runs for the Rattlers during that regular season and added one in the playoffs.  He was the team leader in homers for that team.

Leone is also the first former Timber Rattler to inspire the name of a blog.  Lookout Landing, the SB Nation blog that covers the Seattle Mariners, started by Jeff Sullivan as Leone for ThirdTrue story.

HR #1
Date: May 6
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: N/A

 

HR #2
Date: May 8
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: N/A
HR #3
Date: May 28
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Landkamer
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 19, Dayton 7
HR #4
Date: June 1 (Game 2)
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Scott Dunn
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Clinton 2, Wisconsin 1
HR #5
Date: June 16
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Carlos Hernandez
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 2
HR #6
Date: June 16
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Carlos Hernandez
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Michigan 4
HR #7
Date: June 23
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Corey Artieta
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 3
HR #8
Date: June 28
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ben Bonilla
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, South Bend 1

HR #9
Date:
 June 28

Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aric Le Clair
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 1
HR #10
Date: June 30
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Marc Sauer
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 2
HR #11
Date: July 2
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Beckett
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
HR #12
Date: July 13
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ty Howington
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 3
HR #13
Date: July 14
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Javier Martinez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Dayton 9, Wisconsin 5
HR #14
Date: July 21
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Roberts
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 1
HR #15
Date: July 24
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Derek Stanford
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 1
Notes: Leone broke up Stanford’s no-hit bid with his two-out solo home run in the top of the ninth.  Leone also drew two of the three walks that Stanford issued in this game.
HR #16
Date: July 26
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dustin Robinson
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Clinton 6, Wisconsin 3
HR #17
Date: August 6
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kevin Sprague
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 0

HR #18
Date: August 28
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brandon Bowe
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
POSTSEASON
HR #1

Date: September 10
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Parker
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4

NOTES:
The first two homers have information missing due to me being gone for my announcing job with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Leone followed a home run by Shawn McCorkle with a home run of his own on June 30.

Leone and McCorkle also accounted for the only two runs July 2 game against Kane County.  Both hit solo homers off Josh Beckett in a 2-0 win.  JJ Putz tossed a complete game shutout for the Timber Rattlers in that game.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Rattlers Alumni Report – Winter League Games through December 8, 2013

Joel Pineiro ('98) made his Winter League debut for the season with Ponce in Puerto Rico.

Joel Pineiro (’98) made his Winter League debut for the season with Ponce in Puerto Rico.

Also last week in Winter League news, Rene Rivera was traded to Ponce while Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Hunter Morris made their debuts in Venezuela.

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (23-26):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1 game; 0-0, 5.40ERA; 1.2IP, BB, 0K; 3.00 WHIP

Bravos de Margarita (18-30):
Hunter Morris: 3 games; .091/.091/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Renee Cortez: 13 games; 1-1, 9.37 ERA; 16.1IP; 10BB, 7K, 2.08 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (22-24):
Oswaldo Navarro: 28 games; .291/.378/.430; 2HR, 16RBI
Luis Valbuena: 19 games; .329/.424/.493; 3HR, 12RBI
Jose Escalona: 12 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 7.16 ERA; 16.1IP; 10BB, 11K, 1.96 WHIP
Caesar Jimenez: 9 games; 0-1, 3 Saves, 4 Save Opportunities, 3.72 ERA; 9.2IP, 4BB, 10K, 1.03 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 16 games; 1-1, 7.71 ERA; 7.0IP; 2BB, 6K, 1.71 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(22-22):
Mike Fiers: 4 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 12.79 ERA; 6.1IP, 4BB, 10K, 2.37 WHIP
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP

Navagantes del Magallanes (24-20):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (23-21):
Kalian Sams: 22 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (22-21):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI
Johan Limonta: 16 games; .164/.215/.197; 0HR, 5RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (24-14):
Edward Paredes: 7 games; 0-1, 7.71; 2.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.14 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 19 games; 1-0, 0 saves, 1 save opportunity, 1.50 ERA; 18.0IP; 3BB, 5K, 1.28 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (13-26):
Juan Diaz: 26 games; .172/.232/.234; 0HR, 3RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (17-22):
Carlos Peguero: 7 games; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (24-15):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (23-16):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 20 games; .184/.245/.306; HR, 2RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (12-14):
Jeff Dominguez: 24 games; .221/.302/.325; 0HR, 6RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 2 games; .200/.200/.200; 0HR, RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 8 games; 0-0, 0 saves, 1 save opportunity; 4.09ERA; 11.0IP, 5BB, 7K; 1.73 WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (13-13):
Efrain Nieves: 7 games, 4 games started; 2-1, 3.98ERA; 20.1IP, 11BB, 22K; 1.48 WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (11-12):
Justin Souza: 11 games; 1-2, 3 saves, 5 save opportunities, 5.73 ERA; 11.0IP; 7BB, 5K; 2.00 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (14-12):
Martin Maldonado: 14 games; .178/.260/.244; HR, 5 RBI
Hiram Burgos: 7 games; 4 starts, 0-1, 2.00 ERA; 18.0IP, 10BB, 18K, 1.28 WHIP

Leones de Ponce (13-12):
Rene Rivera (2 teams): 18 games; .186/.217/.302; HR, 9RBI
Joel Pineiro: 1 game, 1 game started; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 4.0IP, 2BB, 3K, 0.75 WHIP

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (9-9):
Craig Anderson: 5 games, 5 starts; 1-3, 3.77 ERA; 31.0IP, 11BB, 21K; 1.55 WHIP

Flashback Friday Supplemental – December 6, 2013

Flashback Friday is up on the main website.  It deals with the 1965 announcement that the Foxes would be the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

One of the reasons given for the White Sox partnership with Appleton’s professional baseball team was the proximity to a Boys’ Camp run by the White Sox in Brothertown, Wisconsin.

There is a news story in the Milwaukee Journal from August 20, 1964 available on Google News about the camp receiving the blessing of the WIAA and other high school athletic associations around the Midwest.

The amazing thing about this story is that Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer tried for a camp for boys in Wisconsin during 1963 and received reluctant approval from the WIAA along with outright rejection from Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois.  They abandoned the project.

The White Sox ran some ads for the camp in the Foxes program over the years.  I have scanned in the ads from 1967 through 1970 to give you an idea of what went on there:

1967:

This is the first advertisement from a Foxes program that I could find.  It would be in the second year of the affiliation between the Foxes and the White Sox.

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That photo doesn’t even get the whole complex.

1968:

They put a photo of the camp counselors…directors….coaches…staff in this ad.  But, they did not identify those in the picture.

Up

Three three-week sessions in 1968.

So…What happened on a typical day at the camp?

That's a lot of activity.

That’s a lot of activity.

1969:

A few minor changes to the ad for this program from the previous year.

Not much

Two two-week sessions and two three-week sessions.

The director of the camp was named George Sobek.  He has a BR-Reference Bullpen page.

Sobek was later a Chicago White Sox scout from 1950 to 1984, signing Denny McLain (most notably), Steve Trout, and Mike Squires. He also managed several seasons in the Sox organization. He also scouted for the San Francisco Giants from 1985 to 1988.

Sobek was the athletic director and baseball coach at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, IL for 26 years and he directed the White Sox Boys Camp in Chilton, WI.

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They didn’t mention the scout part of his job with the White Sox.

1970:

This ad added a few more photos of the actual activities at the camp.

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Only three sessions for 1970, but they allowed 9-year-olds to attend.

The Boys’ Camp is no more.  Keuler’s Bar & Grill was sold in 1984.  BUT, Gobbler’s Knob is still around!

Two things:

I would love to see the Full Color Brochure that was used to promote the camp.

I want to take a trip over to Brothertown in the near future.

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