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Flashback Friday Supplemental – February 5, 2015

The main Flashback is over at Timber  It has the details on Dairy Night.  It also promotes the exhibition game with the Ethiopian Clowns and Eddie Dancisak Night as part of a Day-Night Doubleheader.

The Supplemental Flashback has photos and the story on the doubleheader from the August 31, 1940 edition of The Post-Crescent, statistical information from the Wisconsin State League through games of August 30, and the boxscores of the doubleheader on August 30 between Appleton and Sheboygan.

Cow Milking Contest 1

Cow Milking Contest 2

Cow Milking Caption


Higgins and Borchart Star In Both Games

With big Jim Higgins doing double duty as a relief hurler and Buddy Borchart connecting for some timely blows, Appleton Papermakers downed the Sheboygan Indians 5 to 4 and 6 to 2 in two well-played Wisconsin State league games at Spencer street park last night.  Higgins, who also turned in a good relief job the previous night, mopped up for Millimaki in the first game and helped McIntyre out of a hole in the second.

Borchart, youthful second baseman from Marion, committed some errors afield but more than made up for it at the plate.  He smacked a double in the fourth inning of the initial tilt to drive in two runs and knot the score at 3-3, rolled a sacrifice in the sixth frame to advance what proved to be the winning run, and hammered a triple in the nightcap to plate two runners.

Millimaki was going along in good 4-hit style, but took sick on the mound in the sixth inning and it was decided he needed bed more than a victory.  Higgins allowed but one safety the rest of the way and got credit for the win.  Though he gave way to the giant Appleton hurler in the sixth after the bases were loaded and he had forced in a marker with a walk, McIntyre cut a victory notch in his belt in the aftermath.

Sheboygan Takes Lead

Sheboygan took a 1-run lead in the first frame of the opener when Oberlander was safe on Malewig’s error and Reiss reached first on a fielder’s choice, Oberlander being forced at second.  Herich spanked a triple down the right field line to score Reiss.  Millimaki fanned the next two batters and whiffed two more in the second frame.

The Indians collected two more markers in the fourth when Zydowsky drew a walk, took second on Pizzi’s grounder, and scored on Kushta’s hard triple to left field.  Kushta plated when Malewig fumbled Firtko’s bouncer.  Malewig later made up for these errors by turning in some beautiful stops and sparkling pegs to first.

Appleton knotted the count in the fourth when Dancisak singled and took third on Chell’s drive.  Dancisak scored on Toraason’s hit to left center, Chell taking second.  Borchart came through with his double to tally two more runs.

Both Teams Score

Both teams scored in the fifth with Herich smashing a long triple and scoring on Millimaki’s wild pitch.  Malewig burned one into short right, took second on a wild pitch, third on Dancisak’s safety, and home on Clawson’s bad throw to first.

The Papermakers tallied the winning marker in the sixth when Toraason drew a walk, gained second on Borchart’s sacrifice, and went home on Kania’s hit.  Kania, who tried his hand at Class D ball with Sheboygan earlier in the season was recruited from Kimberly to plug a hole at shortstop.  Clawson started for Sheboygan and was relieved by Knowles.

Sheboygan started its ace hurler, Crowley, in the second game but he found the going a bit rough and retired in favor of Holtz in the fourth inning.

Four-Run Splurge

After two scoreless innings, Crowley doubled, took third on Oberlander’s sacrifice and scored on Herich’s single.  Appleton evened the score in the fourth when Chell drew a walk, took second on Toraason’s sacrifice roller, third on a wild pitch by Crowley, and home on a wild pitch by Holtz.  The Papermakers blasted out four runs in the fifth to put the game on ice.  Malattia walked, stole second, and advanced when the Sheboygan catcher threw wild to second.  Dancisak was given an intentional walk to fill the bases.  Chell daisy-cut to left field to bring in two runs and Borchart followed with a lusty triple to left to bring in two more.

Sheboygan started a rally which netted one run in the sixth but Higgins snubbed it effectively.  With two out, Pizzi singled, went to second on Kushta’s single and Holtz walked to fill the bases.  McIntyre then walked Oberlander to force in Pizzi.  Higgins was called into action and Reiss grounded to Borchart who pegged to Malattia for the third out.

8 30 40 WSL Game One Boxscore

8 30 40 WSL Game Two Boxscore

8 30 40 WSL Standings

8 30 40 WSL Team Stats

8 30 40 WSL Batting Leaders

8 30 40 WSL Pitching Leaders

Supplemental Flashback – January 29, 2016

Free Beer and Hot Dogs 1

Free Beer and Hot Dogs 2

Free Beer and Hot Dogs 3

Free Beer and Hot Dogs Caption

The main Flashback may be found over at and it deals with some late-season promotions the 1940 Appleton Papermakers were trying as a way to entice fans to attend games.  The Supplemental is about a Papermakers proposal that was shot down and the game that occurred on August 29, 1940.

Won’t Extend Season

Officials of the Wisconsin State league rejected a proposal to extend the season one week by a 5 to 1 vote during a meeting at Wisconsin Rapids last night for fear a dangerous precedent would be established.  The Appleton Baseball club submitted the request because it has 12 unplayed games, most of them resulting from the recent unusual August rainy period.  General league matters also were discussed.  Clarence Baetz, president of the Appleton club, attended the meeting.

Papers Bow To Indians
Umpire’s Ruling Contributes to Appleton Downfall

Showing the effects of a prolonged layoff and playing with a makeshift lineup, Appleton Papermakers bowed to the Sheboygan Indians by a 7 to 3 count in a Wisconsin State league game at Spencer street park last night.  Dick Williams, an Appleton castoff, mounded for the winners and confined the Papermakers to four scattered hits until the ninth inning when Appleton rallied with three hits and two runs.  Sheboygan built up a 5-run lead before Appleton tallied in the fourth.

Both literally and figuratively, Manager Eddie Dancisak was the fall guy last night.  Al Standaert had been doing a bang-up job at shortstop in place of Tommy Hawk, who is being groomed for an appendectomy, but is out for the season with an injured shoulder.  Les Hoeffken, the only other man available to play the shortstop position is on the sick list so, rather than letting one of his boys take a beating, Eddie tried his hand at the post for the first time in his life and found himself biting off more than he could chew.  He bobbled a grounder, threw wild to first base and went flat on his tokus while trying to field a slow roller on the wet grass.

Lousy Decision

One of the rankest decisions made at the park this season also contributed to the Appleton downfall.  With two men down in the fourth inning, Borchart stopped Oberlander’s hard drive and threw to Malattia’s left at first base.  Malattia was pulled off the base as he caught the ball but whirled and obviously tagged the runner coming into first.  Apparently everybody except Umpire Anderson saw the play for he ruled Oberlander safe.

Sheboygan went on to score three runs in that inning as Reiss hammered a triple to score Oberlander, Henrich singled to plate Reiss, Gasper was sage on Dancisak’s bad throw to first with Henrich taking third and Henrich scoring on Zydowsky’s single.

The Indians pounded two Appleton hurlers for 14 hits.  LaGrow started for Appleon and was touched for nine hits before giving way to big Jim Higgins after Zydowsky singled in the fourth.  Higgins was touched for three safeties in the fifth which led to two runs but held Sheboygan scoreless the rest of the route.  Williams pitched himself into several holes but got out of them with little damage.  He was as wild as he was good, issuing eight walked and striking out nine, fanning four consecutively.  At one time his control faded so much that he walked Higgins, second tallest man in organized baseball.

Sheboygan Scoring

The Indians counted in the initial frame when Oberlander was safe on Dancisak’s error.  He went to second on Henrich’s safety and both advanced on a blow by Gasper.  Oberlander plated on Zydowsky’s long fly to left.  Sheboygan added another marker in the third when Gasper was safe on a fielder’s choice and counted on Pizzi’s double.  Three runs came in after the ruinous umpire’s decision in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.  Sheboygan wound up its scoring for the night in the firth when Kushta led off with a right field line triple and scored on Firtko’s single.  Oberlander was safe when Dancisak slipped while trying to field his roller and Firtko gained third.  Firtko crossed the plate when Reiss grounded and Oberlander was forced at second.

The Papermakers had many chanced to score but couldn’t quite turn the trick their batting eyes seeming to be a bit rusty as the result of the wet weather which kept them inactive for nearly a week.  Malattia and Malewig walked and Dancisak bunted safely to load the bases in the first frame.  Chell was out on an infield fly and Malattia was forced when Toraason dribbled.  Millimaki went down swinging to leave three men on base.

Appleton left two men on in the third frame.  The Papermakers got into the payoff column in the fourth when Aranson doubled and Borchart and Higgins walked to load the bags.  Malattia socked a hard grounder to score Aranson and forced Higgins at second.  Malewig fanned for the third out leaving two men high and dry.  The locals rallied in the ninth and scored two runs after two were out.  Anderson made another disputed decision in the ninth when he declared a batted ball hit pinch hitter Nowak when he was going down to second.  Those in a good vantage point said the ball “missed him by two feet.”  Malattia singled, Malewig drew a free trip and Dancisak singled to fill the bases.  Chell got hold of one to bring in two runners.  Toraason fanned to end the threat.

One of the highlights of the game was Aranson’s brilliant work in left field.  He caught one fly on the dead run to his right and backed up on another to spear what looked like a sure triple.

Boxscore from the August 29, 1940 Appleton v. Sheboygan game.

Boxscore from the August 29, 1940 Appleton v. Sheboygan game.

I’m #5…I’m #5…I’m #5

To start off this post right.  Thank you all for stopping by to read Rattler Radio today and in the last year.

The year-end rankings for MLBlogs were released earlier this week.  Rattler Radio is listed in the MiLB Pro category and finished 5th.  Here is the top 10 in that category as noted in this post at Blogs Central:

1. Ben’s Biz Blog
2.’s PROSPECTive Blog
3. Inside the San Jose Giants
4. Crawdads Beat
5. Rattler Radio
6. The Shuck Dynasty
7. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
8. The Dash Board
9. 45 Miles From Fenway
10. Callis’ Corner


Benjamin Hill handled being number one in his usual manner:


But, seriously….

Rattler Radio started out over here on Blogspot on March 27, 2006 with this post.

Hold on…..This blog is going to be TEN YEARS OLD IN JUST OVER TWO MONTHS?

Whoa. I needed to get that out of my system.

I moved it over to MLBlogs in September of 2010 and it has been a lot of fun from the very start.

I have added some features over the years and will continue to look for ways to make this the place to follow the Timber Rattlers and to inform and entertain.

Thank you for being along for the last decade.  Thank you for coming back.

Appleton Pro Baseball Birthdays – January 14:
Joe White – 30
TA Fulmer – 36
Rod Myers – 43
Brian McCormack – 50
Chris Jefts – 51
Terry Forster – 64
Nielsen Cochran – 75

Happy Birthday to Terry Forster, a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame!

Happy Birthday to Terry Forster, a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame!

Flashback Friday Supplemental – January 30, 2015

This week’s Flashback Friday is an article by Gordon McIntyre that appeared in the 1948 Appleton Papermakers program.

Bill Miller, who has dropped off some other cool things from Appleton Pro baseball’s history, brought a few more things this week.  I’ll be going through those and sharing them from time to time.

Here are the front and back covers of the 1948 Papermakers program.
1948 cover

1948 back cover
Alumni Birthdays for January 30:
Matt Miller (’11, ’12) – 26
Joel Davis (’84) – 50

Matt Miller in 2011 (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Matt Miller in 2011 (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Joel Davis 86 White Sox

They Might Be Giants – October 30, 2014

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions of 2014.

That was their third Championship in the last five years. The last time the Giants were this successful was back in the early 1920’s. John McGraw managed the New York Giants to four straight National League pennants from 1921-1924 with wins over the New York Yankees in 1921 and 1922 and losses to the Yankees (1923) and Washington Senators (1924).

There is a slight Appleton tie to that Giants dynasty. Travis Jackson played for the Giants briefly in 1922 and saw more playing time in 1923 and 1924.

Jackson, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, managed the Appleton Papermakers in 1952 and 1953.

Jackson Travis Plaque 258__0

Managed the Appleton Papermakers in 1952 and 1953.

The SABR biography on Jackson is a good read, too.

During the 1920s and 1930s the New York Giants captured seven National League championships. While they had great outfielders like Mel Ott and Ross Youngs as well as solid pitching, most prominently Carl Hubbell, it was their infield that anchored the team in its success. George Kelly, Fred Lindstrom, and Bill Terry each had a hand in many of the successful Giants campaigns during this era. They, along with several other prominent teammates including Frankie Frisch and Rogers Hornsby, were recognized for their play; each was selected to the Hall of Fame. 

Over time, recognition of how the Giants arrived at their success gained a different perspective. It dawned on those invested with selection to the Hall of Fame that these Giants infielders had one factor in common from the early 1920s through the mid-1930s: their shortstop, Travis Jackson. That realization, almost belatedly made, crystallized in 1982 when the Veterans Committee elected Jackson to the Hall. While a solid hitter, Jackson was not in the mold of a Hornsby or Terry, but he was considered by his peers as the defensive anchor for his team and one of the best at his position, if not the best.

Unfortunately, Timber Rattlers fans – along with the rest of the fans in the Midwest League – have not had a chance to see many of the Giants players when those players were in the minor leagues.  The Giants have not been affiliated with a Midwest League team since 1996 when they wrapped up a two year deal with the Burlington Bees.

According to,  The San Francisco Giants were affiliated with a MWL team from 1956 to 1996.  They were with the Michigan City White Caps (1956-59), Quincy Giants (1960-61), Decatur Commodores (1962-74), Cedar Rapids Giants (1975-79), Clinton Giants (1980-93), and Clinton Giants (1994).

There was also one year (1954) when the Giants were affiliated with a MWL team by the name of the Danville Dans.

For a more local – as in Northeastern Wisconsin – flavoring of Giants baseball, look back to the old Wisconsin State League.  The New York Giants were affiliated with Oshkosh’s WSL franchise in 1942 and – once the league restarted after World War II – again from 1946 through 1953, when the WSL folded.

The Oshkosh Giants won the Wisconsin State League title in both 1949 and 1950.

Speaking of the old Wisconsin State League, here is another photo of that Papermakers Pen that was mentioned in yesterday’s post.

This is great!

Boost the Home Team….That is great!

Alumni Birthdays:
Corby Heckman (’95) – 31
Manny Parra (’11) – 32
Craig Anderson (’00) – 34
Tom Poquette (Manager, ’92) – 63
Mark Tanner (’73) – 64

Craig Anderson ('00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Craig Anderson (’00) is with the Sydney Blue Sox for the Australian Baseball League this season. They open the season tomorrow.

Tom Poquette, the manager of the Foxes in 1992.

Tom Poquette, the manager of the Foxes in 1992.

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.

This photo shows Papermakers manager Eddie Dancisak and Appleton Junior Chamber of Commerce chairman Parker Schultz shaking hands before the first game of 1941.
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.
These were the players that showed up for Papermakers Spring Training at Goodland Field in 1941.
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.
I love that the fans were so into the rivalry that they brought props!

This next image is the start of the “photographic ‘microscope'” The Milwaukee Journal put the Papermakers under during the 1941 season.
Top photo: 1941 when duffel bags were duffel bags!

Bottom photo: Guess where in Appleton this is.
Sadly, this is not a photo of Goodland Field.  This is the ballpark in Green Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This is from the end of the season as Pat Seerey ties that pair of shose he won.
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.
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.
Eight lads for the 1941 opener against Sheboygan!
This is a team photo from later in the 1941 season.  Note the caption again: Papermakers Entertain Ladies Tonight.

I hope you enjoyed the walk back to 1941. Keep those old photos and programs and memorabilia coming into the office!

Flashback Friday Supplement for 12/17

This week’s Flashback Friday column will be up is now available at the main site in a little bit.  The story of first game of the 1940 Appleton Papermakers is the main column.  There is an additional column that in today’s newspaper business would be called a ‘sidebar’.

There is a picture of Papermakers’ player-manager Eddie Dancisak beating out a base hit at the link, but there were a couple of neat things that I wanted to share here.

Apologies in advance for the quality.  They are pictures of  images as shown on a microfilm reader.Click for a larger image.

First, here is the full-sized picture of the first hit in Papermakers history.  Dancisak, won prizes from Appleton merchants for being the first Papermaker to reach base with a hit.  He also received gifts from merchants for scoring the first run in team history.

FirstPapermakersHit.jpgThis is Spencer Street Stadium – as the stadium was known before it was renamed Goodland Field.  Notice that there is no roof over the grandstand and there is not much of a screen to protect the fans from foul balls.  More on this in the NOTES section of the Flashback.

The is the boxscore of Opening Day, 1940.  I really like the headline above the boxscore.  More on this in the NOTES section of the Flashback, too.
Opening Day 1940 Boxscore.jpg

This is an ad from the Post-Crescent for O.R. Kloehn Co., a used car dealer on Morrison Street in Appleton. A ’32 NASH Sedan for $50 down!?!?!! AND a free season ticket to the Papermakers! Sign me up!  Also included are some of the classified ads…Six-Room House AND an ACRE OF LAND for $2,750?  The patch of berry bushes in the garden space closes it for me!
1940 ad.jpg

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