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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.

Survey Says! – November 12, 2014

A few notes for today:

The Timber Rattlers have a brief online survey that I thought would be a good idea to share here.  If you have time, please click the link and answer the questions.  There is an opportunity to win a Suite at a Timber Rattlers game for you and up to 19 of your friends.  So, fill it out and be kind.  Be honest, but be kind.

2014 Timber Rattlers Survey


The deadline to have it filled out is Friday, November 14.

If you are so inclined, individual tickets for the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game go on sale today.  Beginning at 10:00 am you may use this link to order your tickets.

Jordy Nelson WEB

Alumni Birthdays for November 12:
Josh McNulty (’03) – 34
Gary Thurman (Manager ’00-’02) – 50
AJ Hill (’77, ’80, ’81) – 56



While the Rattlers are away….

…9,000 people will show up to the ballpark to watch the Packers play.  And that’s an Awesome thing!


That would be 9,010 fans.  Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

I have a feeling that the host – Donald Driver – had a lot to do with all of those fans turning out for the game this year.

Donald Driver at the bat.

Donald Driver at the bat. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

It sounded like a great day at the stadium on Sunday as the Defense beat the Offense 24-20 and a lot of money was raised for charities.

That got buried at the bottom of some stories, but I wanted to put it near the top of this post.  Information is from the WFRV story:

Money raised totaled over $115,000 and will benefit the Donald Driver Foundation. His foundation then distributes to several charities, which he presented before the game.

The donations included $72,000 for Blessings in a Backpack foundation.

$15,850 for the Greater Green Bay YMCA

$10,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin

$10,000 for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

$3,200 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

$4,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay

Not bad.  Not bad at all.

According to the boxscore, the Defense took control of the game in the top of the fifth with nine runs and they added five more in the top of the sixth.

Rookie linebacker Nate Palmer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI to earn Game MVP honors.  He was also the Home Run Derby Champion.

Don Barclay led the offense with six RBI.

But, the day wasn’t about winning and losing.  It was about saying, “Thank you, Donald.” The fans were streaming into the game to say just that:


Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Click the links for just some of the coverage:

Post-Crescent Video: Donald Driver delights fans at Fox Cities Stadium

Journal Sentinel Story: Donald Driver showered by love from loyal supporters at softball game

FOX 11: Defense ends skid in Driver softball game

Today’s TMJ 4: Donald Driver charity softball game


This post over at Don Walker’s Business of Sports Blog at the JSOnline makes a note about the marketability of a couple of Green Bay Packers.

In a recent post, I reported that Rodgers’ national profile is higher than ever before, though it still trails some of the big guns in the National Football League such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

That information comes courtesy of the Nielsen/E-Poll N-Score, which evaluates the appeal, awareness and endorsement potential of more than 1,000 sports figures. The N-Score is based on weekly surveys of people ages 13 and above.

Rodgers’ N-Score nationally is 14, which is two points higher than the median score for all players in the National Football League. Manning has an N-Score of 262. Manning leads all quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is second with an N-Score of 131.

Recently, Nielsen/E-Poll did a local market survey in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. And within that market, Rodgers’ N-Score was 569.

But, look who scored higher…

“That honor goes to Donald Driver with an N-Score of 647,” Parker said in an e-mail. And that number puts Driver in the top 1% of all local market sports personalities, he said.

Why Driver? Well, if you’re paying attention, Driver has endorsement and marketing deals with major clients in Wisconsin, including McDonald’s, Time Warner Cable and more.

Also, there’s this little charity softball game coming up on June 5 at Time Warner Cable Field. You may see Driver and the offense take on the defense in the annual game.  Tickets available right here.

Remember the softball game in June

The Packers won on Saturday.  They play again on Sunday.  And maybe – hopefully – a couple of weeks after that.

Just let me take a moment to remind you about the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game on June 5.

Tickets are available right here.

Here are some things that you might see if you come out to the game this year.

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