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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.
I just keep learning more and more as I do these posts on old Appleton Foxes Programs. Here is the 1980 Cover:
Jerry Zapp did many program covers – including the one above – for the Foxes. He also was the designer of the AF logo that the Foxes used.
Here is the thing that I learned. The Goodland Field (and Appleton Baseball) attendance record was not set back in 1964…it was set in 1977 with over 9,000…9,000?…No, almost 10,000! Look at the bottom panel.
Guess I need to head back to the microfilm again.
The 1980 Foxes Schedule:
From the 1980 Appleton Foxes program here is the 1979 Appleton Foxes team photo. If the Rattlers ever do another throwback jersey, these are the ones that they should do! Look at how those collars FLARE! BIG COLLARS! BRING THEM BACK!
Gaze upon the archetypes of Pitching, Hitting, Running, and Fielding from the cover of the 1978 Appleton Foxes Program:
The covers of the Foxes programs from 1964-1969 were about the same. If you look back at last week’s 1964 cover before looking at the 1968 cover below, you will see what I mean.
Remember that County Stadium was empty in 1968? Well, except for 10 Chicago White Sox games and since the Foxes were an affiliate of the White Sox, there was an order form in the program to catch those games:And here is an insert from a series against Quincy from the weekend of April 28 and 29. It is interesting that night games didn’t start until 7:45pm back in 1968. I wonder how the “HELP — help — HELP” plea for housing worked.
I didn’t know that we had this one until I started looking this morning. Amazing what you can find…when you are not looking for it.
The 1964 Fox Cities Foxes Program cover. A Colossus doth bestride the Fox Cities.
I wonder how many Foxes ran into an out trying to stretch a double into a triple at Goodland Field in an effort to get that free lunch.
This is going to be a fun one. Click for the larger images. Make sure to check out the .pdf files, too.
Somebody kept score during this game between the Foxes and the Clinton Pilots. No, the person didn’t stop scoring after seven innings. Appleton lost 1-0 on a 2-hitter in one of the games of a doubleheader. Also, Bleier’s Bar should be familiar to Steelers fans as well as Appleton locals.
Here is a fun couple of pages with pictures from Foxes History. Make sure to click on this page for the larger images. The team photo in front of the bus and the honorary firemen might be my favorites. I may crop these and post the photos individually later. But, this page is A-Level Awesome!
The first one is from a game between the Foxes and the Clinton Pilots. In 1970, the Pilots were an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Jim Slaton is listed on the roster…but as Jim Slates.
This is an insert for a series against the Danville Warriors. Danville was a true co-op team with players from 12 different major league systems.