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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.

Flashback Friday Supplement – 1969 Foxes Bus photo

If you caught today’s Flashback Friday on the Timber Rattlers website, you saw a cropped photo of the 1969 Appleton Foxes.  They are posing before heading out on their final road trip of the season.

Here’s that whole photo  – with the caption to identify all the people. 

Click for the full size photo. (Post-Crescent Photo)

Click for the full size photo. (Post-Crescent Photo)

My only wishes are that it would be to have the color photo….And to see if we could get the Timber Rattlers players and coaches of 2014 to wear matching outfits on a bus ride.

Everyone Must Root for the Foxes

I stopped in at the library today.  I needed to replenish my supply of stories for the return of Flashback Friday. (Tentatively set for September 27 – two weeks from today).

This ad screamed at me as I looked through the early 1991 Appleton Foxes season for some ideas.  I did put it up on twitter, but to share it with everyone…..

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I would like to know how they would enforce this Everyone Must Root for the Foxes policy.  They probably could have picked out who was not rooting for the Foxes for one of those dates.  Sadly, the attendance for a doubleheader on frigid May 6, 1991 was 74.  As in 74.

Nathan Baliva of the Chiefs let me now the following information:  Pitcher David Swartzbaugh was – not including a rehab appearance by Rick Sutcliffe – the only future major leaguer on that 1991 Chiefs team.

Flashback Friday will need to take a look at some of the other Foxes/Papermakers newspaper ads…at least on the blog.

Timber Rattlers All-Stars since 1996

The Midwest League All-Star game is tonight at Dayton.  You can follow it on MiLB.TV or the Dragons radio call on DaytonDragons.com. Game time is 6:00pm CDT.

The 2013 Timber Rattlers are sending three players and an entire coaching staff to the game.

The only season that I am missing is1995 and I hope to do that this off season.   So, for now, here is an incomplete list of Timber Rattlers All-Stars.  Starters are in bold:

1996:
David Ortiz
Jose Amado
Joel Ramire
Luis Tinoco
Scott Smith
Brent Iddon
Greg Wooten
Mike Goff – Manager of the West (Lost 10-4)

1997 (The Rattlers players were on the East team):
Dennis Stark
Joe Mays
Luis Figueroa
Jason Regan
Gary Varsho – Manager of the West (Lost 6-5)

1998:
Luis Figeuroa
- 3B

Ryan Anderson
Lesli Brea
Gil Meches
Joel Pineiro
Mike Marchiano

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

1999:
Chris Mears
Melqui Torres
Aaron Looper
Enmanuel Ulloa

2000:
Shawn McCorkle – 1B
Chris Snelling – OF
Aquilino Lopez

2001:
Jamie Bubela – OF
Mark Carroll
Pedro Liriano
Jamal Strong
Rett Johnson
Kevin Olore
Chad Wiles

2002
Shin-soo Choo – OF
Greg Dobbs – 3B
Corey Freeman
Juan Doñe
Ramon Royce

2003:
Rene Rivera – C
Bobby! Livingston – P
Corey Harrington
TJ Bohn
Matt Hagen
TA Fulmer
Ryan Rowland-Smith

2004:
Ryan Feierabend (Winning Pitcher)
Brian Stitt

2005:
Matt Tuiasosopo
Asdrubal Cabrera
Josh Womack
Yung Chi Chen
Rob Johnson
Cibney Bello
Chad Fillinger
Scott Steinmann – Manager (Lost 4-2)

2006:
Ron Garth – 3B
Casey Craig
Edgar Guaramato
Harold Williams

2007:
Andy Barb
Joe Kantakevich

2008:
Edilio Colina – 2B
Juan Diaz
Phillippe Aumont
Travis Mortimore

2009:
Corey Kemp
Brett Lawrie
Jim Henderson
Daniel Meadows
Wily Peralta

2010:
Khris Davis – OF
Scooter Gennett – 2B
Jake Odorizzi
Nick Bucci

2011:
Chris Dennis – DH
Mike Walker
Austin Ross
Tyler Thornburg

2012:
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Rafael Neda
Yadiel Rivera
Jason Rogers
Drew Gagnon
Seth Harvey
Tommy Toledo
Mark Williams

2013:
Austin Blaski
Ryan Gibbard
Damien Magnifico
Matt Erickson – Manager

Decorations around the ballpark

When you come out to a game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season – and there will be games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season — you will see some new things.

I am not talking about the club level and the suites and the other renovations around the stadium.  I’m talking about the decorations.  The Wall of Fame came down because of the renovations, but that is just temporary.  To make sure there wasn’t just a blank concrete block wall when you walk into the ballpark, we hung the most recent championship banners of Appleton Professional Baseball:

The Foxes Banners from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

The Foxes Pennants from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

There are some banners on the outside of the stadium.  We selected a group of former Timber Rattlers players who are either Brewers prospects or are currently with the Brewers.

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

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Wily Peralta

April 11 2013 007

Jim Henderson

Hiram Burgos

Hiram Burgos

Hunter Morris

Hunter Morris

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett

April 11 2013 010

Yadiel Rivera

Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger

There are a few others, but you’ll just have to come out to the stadium to see who they are.

This is the part I really like.  This old photograph of Goodland Field from the days of the Appleton Papermakers is on the wall behind the registers in the new Snake Pit Team Store.  It is awesome.  Sadly, the location is not lit properly for a good photo to be taken.  Also – if you’ll remember – I am a bad photographer.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

Look at the bat rack outside the dugout in the last picture.  Heck, look at the dugout in that last picture.  There are plenty of details in this photo on the wall.  When you come out to the team store, look at it and sees what grabs your attention. 

In case you missed it, the Rattlers were rained out again.  Thursday is the third straight game at home that has been rained out.  This weather….ugh.  I had to give the penguin the day off.  He was out enjoying this weather and wouldn’t check in with me.  Jerk.

However, Fang & Whiffer both got out in the elements to sing and dance and emote their fuzzy hearts out.  Enjoy:

Walkoff Wednesday by the Numbers & Deeds

It’s been a lot of fun looking back at the walkoff heroics of various Timber Rattlers players through the years.  Yeah, I guess it’s been fun to look back at the opposing team’s wins in that same fashion.  That’s what Walkoff Wednesday has been about.

Now is the time to break things down by team and by walkoff event from 1995-2012. 

Additionally, I will list the walkoff homers both for the Timber Rattlers and against the Timber Rattlers.  

At the bottom of this page there will be a link to every Walkoff Wednesday post of this offseason.

Timber Rattlers Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 118
Opponent Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 103

Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Events:
Single: 49
Double: 5
Triple: 1 (Michael Marseco – 4/22/09 v. Peoria)
HR: 27 (Includes three walkoff grand slams)
Opposing Team Error: 14
Wild Pitch: 8
Sacrifice Fly: 6
Bases Loaded Walk: 4
Fielder’s Choice: 2
Unknown: 2

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Eleven of Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Victories have happened when the team was trailing heading into the plate appearance that led to the walkoff win.

WALKOFF WINS AGAINST MWL OPPONENT (1995-2012):
Beloit: 17
Bowling Green: 0
Burlington: 10
Cedar Rapids: 7
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 3 
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 3
Kane County: 15
Lake County: 0
Lansing: 8
Peoria: 12
Quad Cities: 9
South Bend: 10
West Michigan: 2

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 6
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 3

MWL OPPONENT WALKOFF WINS vs. WISCONSIN 1995-2012:
Beloit: 11
Bowling Green: 1
Burlington: 11
Cedar Rapids: 8
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 2
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 1
Kane County: 16
Lake County: 2
Lansing: 3
Peoria: 9
Quad Cities: 8
South Bend: 2
West Michigan: 3

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 3
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 10

TIMBER RATTLERS WITH MORE THAN TWO CAREER WALKOFF HITS:

Mike Marchiano: 5
Nick Ramirez: 3
Ariel Durango: 3

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler.  All FIVE happened in 1998.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler. All FIVE happened in 1998.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):

David Ortiz – June 8, 1996
Mike Burrows – May 11, 1997
Ramon Vazquez – August 30, 1997
Juan Silvestre – June 18, 1998
Mike Marchiano – July 13, 1998
Juan Silvestre – September 11, 1999 (Grand Slam)
Fernando Espino – September 16, 1999
Gorky Estrella – June 25, 2000 (Grand Slam)
Joe Rodriguez – April 13, 2001
John Castellano – May 15, 2001
Ariel Durango – June 12, 2001 (Grand Slam)
Sean Peless – April 16, 2002
TJ Bohn – April 27, 2003
Matt Tuiasosopo – April 13, 2005
Mike Wilson – September 9, 2005
Ron Garth – May 21, 2006
Johan Limonta – August 6, 2006
Curt Ledbetter – August 25, 2006
Andy Hargrove – May 13, 2007
Scott Robinson – May 17, 2008
Gavin Dickey – June 5, 2008
Brock Kjeldgaard – June 10, 2009
Mike Walker – April 17, 2011
Mike Brownstein – August 1, 2011
Greg Hopkins – April 25, 2012
Yadiel Rivera – June 10, 2012
Ben McMahan – July 18, 2012

Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs.

Juan Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs. One of those homers is one of three walkoff grand slams in Rattlers history.

OPPONENT WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):
Demond Smith (Cedar Rapids) – July 10, 1995
Bo Porter (Rockford) – August 2, 1996
Chris Haas (Peoria) – September 3, 1996
Jamie Lopiccolo (Beloit) – August 10, 1997
Greg Clark (Peoria) May 15, 2000
Ryan Gripp (Lansing) – August 11, 2000
Hunter Wyant (Kane County) – April 13, 2002
Eric Lis (Beloit) – April 11, 2006
Eli Tintor  (Beloit) – July 19, 2007
Dusty Coleman (Kane County) – May 21, 2009
Wang Wei Lin (Beloit) – May 3, 2010
Danny Rams (Beloit) – July 9, 2010
Virgil Hill (Quad Cities) – June 17, 2012
Zach Borenstein (Cedar Rapids) – July 6, 2012

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2012 Season)

Mehring Monday: More Cool Stuff

The pleas for old stuff seems to be working.  Jim Riedl dropped off a scrapbook from 1941 that includes many Papermakers photos.

Last week’s Flashback Friday covered a walkoff homer by Pat Seerey.  This week’s Mehring Monday covers all those glorious photos.

In the top photo: Several fedoras, lots, of ties, one cigarette, and either a hearing aid or an earpiece for a radio (Gentleman in the lower left corner) in attendance at Goodland Field for the 1941 opener.

In the bottom photo: Wisconsin State League President Herman D. White and Appleton Papermakers President William Van Dyke.

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This photo shows Papermakers manager Eddie Dancisak and Appleton Junior Chamber of Commerce chairman Parker Schultz shaking hands before the first game of 1941.
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Pat Seerey is the focus of the top three photos from The Milwaukee Journal.  On the lower left photo, Seerey is mobbed after his walkoff homer to beat Sheboygan.  The Goodland Field crowd goes wild after Seerey’s big hit in the lower right photo.
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These were the players that showed up for Papermakers Spring Training at Goodland Field in 1941.
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The Smith referred to in the photos below would be Red Smith.  Yes. The Red Smith of The Red Smith Banquet that is held in Appleton every January.
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I love that the fans were so into the rivalry that they brought props!
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This next image is the start of the “photographic ‘microscope’” The Milwaukee Journal put the Papermakers under during the 1941 season.
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Top photo: 1941 when duffel bags were duffel bags!

Bottom photo: Guess where in Appleton this is.
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Sadly, this is not a photo of Goodland Field.  This is the ballpark in Green Bay.
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Photo on left: I think I saw this set up in a Three Stooges short.  Photo on right: This reminds me of when I used to play American Legion baseball.
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Photo on left: Pat Seerey gets measured for a pair of shoes that he won after hitting a home run!  Photo on right: Seerey reads about his exploits on a teammate’s newspaper, the smartphone of it’s day.
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This is Hal Irelan, a scout for Cleveland.  He is watching the game from way down the line in leftfield.  Irelan played 67 games for the Phillies in 1914 and managed in the minors, too.
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The Papermakers get together for a team meal on the road.  I noted the Norman Rockwell feel to this photo when I tweeted it the other day.  What do you think?
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This is from the end of the season as Pat Seerey ties that pair of shose he won.
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Superstition led the Papermakers to not shave during a long winning streak towards the end of the 1941 season.  Here a few players get rid of their stubble.  Not the photos on the wall.  The editor writing the caption sure did.
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Here are few of the players from early in the 1941 season.  Swede Erickson (2nd from right on the top row) is the grandfather of current Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.
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Eight lads for the 1941 opener against Sheboygan!
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This is a team photo from later in the 1941 season.  Note the caption again: Papermakers Entertain Ladies Tonight.
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I hope you enjoyed the walk back to 1941. Keep those old photos and programs and memorabilia coming into the office!

Thank you, Bob Bruehl

Bob Bruehl stopped by the temporary offices of the Timber Rattlers on Monday with a folder and something else under his arm.  Mr. Bruehl, a bat boy for the Appleton Foxes in 1964, said that he was clearing some stuff out of his house and asked if we would like to have what he didn’t need anymore.

We saw what he had and we said yes.

If you remember this Mehring Monday column from this past December, we are looking for items from the history of Appleton baseball to help decorate the newly renovated Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  I would like to think that Mr. Bruehl read that column and decided to bring the items below in to us.  But, if he didn’t, that’s fine, too.

Thank you, sir.  We will find a place for these pieces of Appleton Baseball History.

Here is a photo of an old Foxes Seat Cushion and a 1984 Foxes program with some autographs.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program.  Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program. Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

In the folder, were photos of Foxes teams from 1963, 1964, 1967, and 1969.  The teams of 1964, 1967, and 1969 won the Midwest League pennant.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to - or promoted from - the team after the photo. was taken.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to – or promoted from – the team after the photo. was taken.

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week, we skip back in time to 1995, the first season of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details…and The PC got a little lax in recording the boxscores at the end of that season.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

To the list!

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the "walkoff" hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the “walkoff” hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Joe Mathis scored the "walkoff" run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Joe Mathis (pictured here in 1996) scored the “walkoff” run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (3):

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Mike Blais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Molina’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drives in Joe Mathis.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Michigan 1
NOTES: This is the first walkoff victory in Timber Rattlers history.  Mathis had doubled in Wilson Delgado to tie the game moments earlier in the 9th.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Marcus Mays
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 3
NOTE: One out in the bottom of the ninth when winning run scored. HEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Cory Corrigan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Luis Molina bloop single with 2 out scores Joe Mathis
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2 (12)
NOTES: Molina’s RBI single in the 12th gave him six straight games with an RBI. Wisconsin starting pitcher Derek Bieniasz had a perfect game through seven innings, but allowed a hit to start the eighth. Placido Palanco tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI double off John Thompson.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Marino Santana
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: E4 on a potential game ending double play allowed two runs to score.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 3, Wisconsin 2
NOTES: Santana, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, was going for a complete game and got the first out of the ninth. But, two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Castillo grounded to short. The flip to second was in time, but the relay to first was wild and two runs scored for the Kane County win.

DATE: June 1 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (9)
NOTES: Game two of the doubleheader went nine innings. Beloit tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

DATE: June 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Chris Beck
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castillo’s bunt single with two out drove in Amauny Garcia.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTES: The Rattlers led 3-2 to start the bottom of the ninth, but committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth to set up the Kane County rally.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Demond Smith
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 14, Cedar Rapids 13 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Demond Smith 2-out, 2-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 14 (11)
NOTES: The Rattlers scored three in the top of the ninth to tie the game 11-11. Then, the Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the eleventh – on a three-run double by Luis Molina – for a 14-11 lead. Thompson retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eleventh, but allowed a single. Then, Bret Hemphill hit a two-run homer. Thompson hit the next batter and Smith followed with a two-run walkoff homer.

This really happened.

Proof that this really happened.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTES: John Daniels allowed a runner to reach base to start the tenth. Thompson came on in relief and allowed the winning run to score.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTES: The Rattlers were up 5-0, but the Battle Cats scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win. Thompson allowed an inherited runner to score. At least that’s what I think happened. The boxscore is tough to read/decipher.

It gets a little foggy in the section on pitchers.

It gets a little foggy in the section on the Rattlers pitchers.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4 (10)
NOTE: Rattlers had tied the game with two runs in the top of the 9th

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Todd Dunwoody
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Dunwoody’s 2-out RBI single drove in Hayward Cook.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2, Wisconsin 1 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a 2-out RBI single by Tony Darden drove in Walter White with the tying run that sent the game to extra innings.

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995.

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Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

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How other teams decorate

This week’s Mehring Monday is a plea for help in tracking down pieces of history from Appleton Professional Baseball to help the Timber Rattlers decorate Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when the renovations are complete.

The starting point was the sudden donation of these team autographed baseballs from the 1970s:

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In the middle of that column, I mention the ways other teams use their history to decorate their stadiums.

Pictures are usually better than words.  Mine are about even, but you should get the general idea from the pictures below:

The first few are from the Cedar Rapids Kernels and their timeline of baseball in Cedar Rapids:

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These are from Peoria’s timeline:

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Old Hoss

I thought I had a few from the conference room at Community Field and a few more of the historical photos from West Michigan. But, well, my filing system is ridiculous.

These should give you the general idea.

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