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50 Years Ago Today:
FOX CITIES FOXES 005 100 100 3 - 10
TOPEKA REDS......000 000 304 0 -..7
Charley Johnson hit a grand slam in the third inning. But, the Reds stormed back to tie the game.
In the top of the tenth, Cal Ripken, Sr. knocked in the go ahead run with a single. Jack McGowan followed with an RBI triple. Bob Saverine followed with an RBI double.
The Foxes come-from-ahead victory put their record at 77-47, the best in the Three-I League. Their lead over Sioux City is a very comfortable 10.5 games.
25 Years Ago Today:
KENOSHA TWINS..000 320 -..5..5 1
APPLETON FOXES 501 13x - 10 12 0
The Foxes clinched a share of the Northern Division title with this rain-shortened win on Pierce Manufacturing/WHBY Radio Night.
That five run rally by the Foxes in the first? It started with two out and none on base. From the Gary Shriver article in the 8/25 Post-Crescent:
After Jerry Bertolani walked and Tom Forrester singled, Jim Winters hit a line drive that Twins' right-fielder Howie Manzon lost in the late afternoon sun and fell in for a triple, scoring both Bertolani and Forrester. Jim Markert then singled in Winters to make the score 3-0.
Troy Thomas walked and Jim Byrd's grounder was misplayed by third baseman Tom Scaletta for an error, allowing Markert to score. Buck Autry followed with a single to drive Thomas in with the fifth run of the frame.
Also from the FOXES TALES section of the story:
In an exhibition softball game played before the start of the Foxes-Twins game, Pierce Manufacturing defeated WHBY 8-5.The win puts the Foxes at 83-47. One more win will give the Foxes the Northern Division title.
A total of five players off the 1983 Foxes' Midwest League champions have played at least one game in the Major Leagues this season. Bruce Tanner, Al Jones, and John Cangelosi saw action with the White Sox, while Mike Trujillo has pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Pat Adams was with the San Francisco Giants.