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:
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.
They put a photo of the camp counselors…directors….coaches…staff in this ad. But, they did not identify those in the picture.
So…What happened on a typical day at the camp?
A few minor changes to the ad for this program from the previous year.
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.
This ad added a few more photos of the actual activities at the camp.
The Boys’ Camp is no more. Keuler’s Bar & Grill was sold in 1984. BUT, Gobbler’s Knob is still around!
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.