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An old program is a wonderful thing

It should be “Three old programs are wonderful things”, but that title for this post would be a bad tie-in to one of the topics in the body of the post, as you will see in a moment.

A fan dropped off some old programs at the ballpark last week, but they weren’t Timber Rattlers programs or even Foxes programs.

The first two programs are Midwest League related in that they are the 1991 and 1992 Midwest League Yearbooks.

As always, click the image to enlarge.



Only two of the 14 teams on that 1992 program have the same name in 2015: The Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs.  Please note that in 1992, it was the Quad City River Bandits and today it’s the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Also…The Rockford Expos really stretched to get the R into the Expos logo…and the Quad City Angels logo from 1991 is actually pretty nice.

There’s some good stuff inside both of those yearbooks (Ex: The 1991 Yearbook has an article on the final Wausau Timbers home game from the 1990 season).  Believe that Flashback Friday will have material from both these sources.

The third has a Foxes/Timber Rattlers tie-in, but it has nothing to do with baseball.  The cover of the program for the 1995 softball game between Bolton’s Bombers and Teague’s League that was held at Fox Cities Stadium.

1995 teague bolton

The photo on the cover is from the 1994 game that was held at Goodland Field.

Some of the notable players on Teague’s League:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen
  • Milwaukee Brewers GM Sal Bando
  • Brewers Legends Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Charlie Moore, and Robin Yount
  • Packers Edgar Bennett, Ty Detmer, and John Jurkovic
  • Green Bay television news anchor Tom Milbourn
  • Green Bay morning radio host Murphy

There are some photos inside this program that will be shared at an appropriate time.

Flashback Friday Supplemental – January 16, 2015

This week’s Flashback Friday is a look at the first Foxes Newsletter from 1992.

Here’s what that Newsletter looked like:

foxes newsletter 3

Alumni Birthdays for January 16:
Juan Sanchez (’09) – 28
Matt Renfree (’07) – 30
Jon Nelson (’03) – 35

Always a hit! – October 29, 2014


I’ll explain in a bit.

The Royals forced a Game Seven in the 2014 World Series with their 10-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Lorenzo Cain (’09) played his part:

It also shouldn’t be surprising to Timber Rattlers fans that Yordano Ventura pitched as well as he did last night. Ventura was a member of the Kane County Cougars in 2011 and was 4-6 in 19 starts. But, in his two starts against Wisconsin Ventura had no record, but allowed no runs on four hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts in nine innings.

It also wouldn’t surprise Rattlers fans that Mike Moustakas is hammering the baseball out of the yard in the World Series. Moustakas was a Burlington Bee in 2008 and in 16 games against the Timber Rattlers he was 22-for-61 (.361) with four doubles, a triple, four home runs, and twelve RBI. Plus, he walked ten times while striking out eleven times.

Still playing a little catch up from the hiatus and this story has been sitting in my inbox for a bit.

The Country Today, a newspaper based out of Eau Claire, did a story on the Timber Rattlers Vegetable Garden.

A new stream of fresh vegetables is flowing to a Fox Valley food program thanks to a triple play by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball organization, GreenStone Farm Credit Services and the Freedom FFA.

As of Aug. 20, volunteer efforts of those three groups had made possible the donation of 79 pounds of fresh vegetables through the “Grow a Row for St. Joe” project from a 30-by-20-foot garden behind the left-field bleachers at Neuroscience Group Field of the Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.

“We’ll keep on doing it throughout the fall too as long as vegetables are to be harvested,” said Jerrad Radocay, corporate marketing manager for the Timber Rattlers, a Midwest minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The St. Joseph Food Program is a nonprofit that for 32 years has made weekly distributions of fresh food and non-perishable items to the elderly, working poor and temporarily unemployed in the Fox Valley.

Vegetable Garden

The team is looking at expanding the garden for 2015.

Circling back to the opening image of the post. That is a pencil giveaway from the Appleton Papermakers in either the 1940’s or 1950’s…It’s all sorts of cool.

I'll explain in a bit.

Or is that…All sorts of coal!?!?!?

Great giveaway.

Great giveaway.

If you have something like this – or any piece of Appleton Professional Baseball meorabilia in your basement, storage unit, attic, garage, or…I don’t know…. kitchen???…. feel free to bring it into the ballpark.  We can either take a picture of it to document it and share on the blog, or find a place to display it at the stadium.

Start searching!

Alumni Birthdays:
Marcus Sturdivant (’94) – 41
Kerwin Moore (’90) – 44
Bill Gilmore (’87) – 51

Kerwin Moore


Back to Work – October 20, 2014

This was the most horrifying thing I saw on my vacation:

Giant Papier-mâché heads of Don Shula & Dan Marino.

Giant Papier-mâché heads of Don Shula & Dan Marino.

Great trip.  Great view of the game…well except for this one:

Sit DOWN, sir!

Sit DOWN, sir!

Totally worth it:

Whoops.  How did THAT get in there?

Whoops. How did THAT get in there?

That's more like it.


Now…on to baseball.

The World Series is the Kansas City Royals vs. the San Francisco Giants.  There are no former Timber Rattlers/Foxes on the Giants.  As for the Royals: Raul Ibanez played for the Foxes.  Mike Jirschele coached the Foxes. Lorenzo Cain, the ALCS MVP in 2014, was a Timber Rattler in 2009:

I guess it’s “Go, Royals!”

I left off on the regular season alumni report after the NL Central. So, here are the Timber Rattlers alumni to play in the NL East in 2014.

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 49 games, .229/.312/.389, 5HR, 21RBI

Greg Dobbs (’02): 15 games, .077/.077/.077, 0HR, 0RBI

Greg Dobbs (’02): 21 games, .214/.233/.250, 0HR, 2 RBI

Philippe Aumont (’08): 5 games, 0-1, 19.06ERA, 5.2IP, 5BB, 6K

Cesar Jimenez (’03): 16 games, 0-0, 1.69ERA, 16IP, 7BB, 8K

Rafael Soriano (’00): 64 games, 4-1, 3.19ERA, 32 Saves, 62IP, 19BB, 59K

Matt Thornton (’00): 18 games, 1-0, 0.00, 11.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Anthony Varvaro (’07): 61 games, 3-3, 2.63ERA, 54.2IP, 13BB, 50K

Alumni Birthdays for October 20:
Parker Berberet (’12, ’13) – 25
Fabian Williamson (’07) – 26
Harvey Pulliam (’87) – 47
Joe Costello (’64) – 69

Happy Birthday, Parker Berberet!

Happy Birthday, Parker Berberet!

Reminders – September 16, 2014

The Pick-A-Seat event will be one week from today.  It will be held from 4pm to 9pm at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  There is a Rummage Sale, too.

Here is the 2015 Timber Rattlers schedule:  2015 Timber Rattlers Schedule

In case you missed it, here is Clint Coulter on Fox Sports Wisconsin from the September 13 game at Miller Park.  There is some news in there:

As mentioned, Coulter will be participating in the advanced instructional league.  @BrewersPD has the Brewers minor league players that will be participating:


@BrewersPD also had the players that will be in the Brewers Instructional League:

There is one more MiLB game left in the season. The Triple-A Championship Game is being held tonight at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. International League Champion Pawtucket will face Pacific Coast League Champion Omaha. The game will be shown on NBC Sports Network starting at 6pm CDT. has a preview article here.

If you are looking for a rooting interest in this game, Carlos Peguero – a Timber Rattlers outfielder in 2009 – led Omaha with 30 home runs.  But, he is up with the Royals now and won’t be with Omaha tonight.

photo by Wm. Glasheen
BUT, Brian Poldberg is the manager at Omaha.  Poldberg was a coach of the Appleton Foxes in 1987 and the manager of the Foxes from 1988 through 1989.

1989PoldbergGo, StormChasers!

No alumni birthdays today.  But, there is one anniversary of an MLB debut for September 16:

Shawn Estes, a first round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 1991, was a Timber Rattler in 1995.  He also spent all of 1993 and part of 1994 in Appleton as a member of the Foxes.

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

The Mariners traded Estes – along with Wilson Delgado, another Timber Rattler – to the San Francisco Giants for Salomon Torres on May 21, 1995.  Estes made his MLB debut with the Giants on September 16, 1995.

Estes made the start at Pittsburgh on that date and took the loss.  He allowed five runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5-1/3 innings pitched.  Estes had a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth inning, but gave up the tying run before leaving with the bases loaded.  All three runners he left on base would eventually score against the San Francisco bullpen.

Former Timber Rattlers pitching coach Chris Hook came on in relief later in that game for the Giants, too.

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…..

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.


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