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.

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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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The camp in brothertown was turned into a church camp but had been sold a few years ago. Now it just sits empty. I was there recently patrolling. I am a sheriffs deputy for Calumet County. Pete’s bar near the camp has a old White Sox helmet.

I live about 1/4 mile from this camp. It’s rundown but some of the buildings and fields are still there. Amazing history… I had NO idea what this used to be. Great story!

I attended the White Sox Boys Camp for 6 years. It was a wonderful way to spend 3 weeks. They had horseback riding, a 9 hole golf course, trout stocked fishing ponds as well as baseball,basketball,football,tennis and camp crafts. I have wonderful memories and wish there was something today that kids could go to and have such a great time.

I am trying to locate anyone that may have knowledge of the Calumut City Cobras Baseball Team in the early 80’s.

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