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Baseball in Appleton, Wisconsin

known as Fox Cities
known as Appleton
known as Wisconsin

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Appleton, Wisconsin.

In terms of wins and championships, the Appleton franchise is the most successful in the league's history. As befits that record, their managers have often walked off with manager of the year awards. No Appleton player's been MVP, though.

These pages show a few remarkable pitching performances; take especial note of Wayne McCauley's incredible week in the middle of the 1972 season....


The Appleton franchise hosted Midwest League All-Star Games in 1966, 1969, and 1996.



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Appleton, Wisconsin
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballparks
MWL Fan's Guide
Seasons
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
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1996
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2008
2009

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 48
  • Won/Lost overall: 3244/3133, .509
  • Best season: 97/40, .708 (1978)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: 7 (plus 1 non-playoff championship)
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 53/41, .564
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 9 seasons

Appleton joined the MWL in 1962 as an expansion team; they were a refugee from the collapsed Three-I League. Appleton (now known as Wisconsin) is still represented in the Midwest League.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Appleton Foxes (1962)
  • Fox Cities Foxes (1963-66)
  • Appleton Foxes (1967-94)
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1995-present)

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballparks

Attendance record

  • 253,240 (2009)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Deacon Jones (1966) .353 with 80 RBI
  • Pitcher: Don Eddy (1969) 18 wins, 1.81 ERA

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • 1962 Cal Ripken Sr (Manager of the Year)
  • 1966 Ed Holtz (Midwest League Executive of the Year)
  • 1967 Ed Holtz (Midwest League Executive of the Year)
  • 1967 Alex Cosmidis (Manager of the Year)
  • 1969 Tom Saffell (Manager of the Year)
  • 1969 Ed Holtz (Midwest League Executive of the Year)
  • 197o Ed Holtz (Midwest League Executive of the Year)
  • 1971 Joe Sparks (Manager of the Year)
  • 1971 Ed Holtz (TSN Class A Executive of the Year, Midwest League Executive of the Year)
  • 1978 Gordon Lund (tied for Manager of the Year)
  • 1992 Tom Poquette (Manager of the Year)
  • 1996 Timber Rattlers (Bob Frietas Award)

Appleton Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: David May (1964) .368
  • Home Runs: Lamar Johnson (1972) 26
  • Runs Batted In: Juan Silvestre (1999) 107

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Don Eddy (1966), Rich Gossage (1971), LaMarr Hoyt (1978), & Rich DeVincenzo (1983) 18
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Alfornia Jones (1983) 11/1, .917
  • Earned Run Average: Donald Eddy (1969) 1.81
  • Strikeouts: Michael Abaranel (1966) 206

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Notes

The team was called both Appleton and Fox Cities in the early 1960s.

The League's records tend to treat Appleton and Fox Cities as one franchise. They treat Wisconsin as a different franchise. As you can see, I don't make this division.

This summary originated as the November 13, 1998, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.

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