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50 Years Ago Today
The Fox Cities Foxes had a scheduled offday. They earned it. They had been on a road trip that started on August 16, 1960 in Sioux City, Iowa. It did not end until they were rained out in Topeka, Kansas on August 25. There was a stop in Lincoln, Nebraska in there, too.
The Foxes went 6-4 on the trip, including wrapping it up with a 5-game winning streak.
Even with the off day, Fox Cities picked up a half game in the standings. Second place Sioux City lost 3-0 to the Cedar Rapids Braves.
The Foxes are 77-47 and have an 11.5 game lead over the Soos.
25 Years Ago Today:
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It was Mike's Towne & Country-WKAU Radio Night at Goodland Field and they saw the Foxes blow a 5-3 lead and - those that stuck around - got to see the Muskies score the go ahead run in the top of the fourteenth on a balk.
From the Post-Crescent game story:
The second place Kenosha Twins won their game against Wausau by an 11-5 score. The Magic Number for the Foxes (82-49) to clinch the Northern Division title is one.Madison's Mike Walker led off the 14th with a line drive that just eluded the dive of centerfielder Jim Winters and fell for a double. after Andy Krause sacrificed him to third, Walker was waved home by the umpires when [Tony] Bartolomucci committed his balk.
"He moved, then he stepped off (the rubber). It was a balk," said Foxes manager Sal Rende. "We had some chances to win in extra innings, but we just didn't get the key hit. We'll be back tomorrow."
This note was at the end of Gary Shriver's story:
Monday's crowd of 4,319 gives the Foxes a season attendance of 72,340 with 1 date remaining. The Foxes need just 248 fans to post their largest attendance since 1978. Last season, the club drew 54,281