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Midwest League 1968

All-Star Game

All-Stars 5, Quad Cities 1

Davenport, Monday, July 8, 1968

The 1968 Midwest League All-Star Game was played at Davenport's Municipal Stadium on July 8, 1968. The game pitted a team of the league's best players, as selected by the league managers and sports writers, against the Quad Cities Angels, who had the league's best won/lost record at mid-season.

The All-Stars won by a 5-1 score. Steve Sibley of Decatur was the winning pitcher; Greg Washburn of Quad Cities took the loss. Carl Fisk (yes, that's Pudge) of Waterloo hit a homer for the All-Stars in the eighth, but the game was already decided by that point.


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ALL-STARS                    AB R H BI      QUAD CITIES                 AB R H BI
Rimp Lanier (CLI/PIT) CF      4 1 1 1       Ike McCraw (QC/CAL) CF       4 0 2 0
George Gove (WR/MIN) 3B       5 0 1 0       Jim Vopicka (QC/CAL) SS      4 0 0 0
Curt Fontenot (APP/CWS) LF    2 1 1 1       Dayle Campbell (QC/CAL) 1B   4 0 0 0
 Reggie Sanders (BUR/OAK) LF  1 0 0 0       Lee Massey (QC/CAL) LF       4 0 0 0
Pete Middlekauff (DUB/MIN) 1B 2 1 0 0       Steve Schneider (QC/CAL) 3B  3 0 0 0
 Roe Skidmore (DEC/SF) 1B     1 0 0 0       Dave LaRoche (QC/CAL) RF     0 0 0 0
Bob Bonalewicz (CR/STL) C     2 0 1 1        Don Cunnigan (QC/CAL) RF    3 0 0 0
 Carl Fisk (WAT/BOS) C        1 1 1 1       John Jackson (QC/CAL) 2B     2 1 1 0
George Hendrick (BUR/OAK) RF  3 0 2 1       Mike Nunn (QC/CAL) C         2 0 0 0
Jesus Aristimuno (DEC/SF) SS  4 0 1 0        Neil MacClellan (QC/CAL) C  2 0 1 0
Bobby Diaz (CR/STL) 2B        4 1 1 0       Greg Washburn (QC/CAL) P     0 0 0 0
Steve Sibley (DEC/SF) P       0 0 0 0        Martin Pavlik (QC/CAL) PH   1 0 0 0
 Jerry Lyscio (WR/MIN) P      0 0 0 0        Gerald Lanning (QC/CAL) P   0 0 0 0
 Jesse DuBose (CR/STL) P      0 0 0 0        Terry Cox (QC/CAL) P        0 0 0 0
 Luis Melendez (CR/STL) PH    1 0 0 0        Al Martin (QC/CAL) PH       1 0 1 1
 Jessie Hill (QUI/CHN) P      0 0 0 0        Dave McCormick (QC/CAL) P   0 0 0 0
 Ben Proulx (WR/MIN) P        0 0 0 0        Pat Knutzen (QC/CAL) P      1 0 0 0
 John Clifton (WAT/BOS) P     0 0 0 0        Carlton Gaston (QC/CAL) P   0 0 0 0
 Jim Townsend (WR/MIN) PH     1 0 0 0        Don Richards (QC/CAL) P     0 0 0 0
 Vida Blue (BUR/OAK) P        0 0 0 0        Tommy Gray (QC/CAL) 2B      2 0 1 0
 Rick Jones (APP/CWS) P       0 0 0 0
 Bob Mewes (DUB/CWS) PH       1 0 0 0
 Bob Bellemare (DUB/SF)       0 0 0 0
 TOTALS                      32 5 9 5                                   33 1 6 1

All-Stars         220 000 010 - 5
Quad Cities       010 000 000 - 1

  E - Diaz, Sanders, McCraw.  DP - All-Stars 1,
Quad Cities 1. LOB - All-Stars 6, Quad Cities 5.
  SB - Hendrick, Fontenot. HR - Fisk. SH - Sibley.

ALL-STARS        IP H R ER BB SO
Sibley (W)      1.0 1 0  0  0  0
Lyscio          1.0 3 1  1  0  0
DuBose          1.0 0 0  0  0  0
Hill            1.0 0 0  0  0  0
Proulx          1.0 2 0  0  0  2
Clifton         1.0 0 0  0  0  1
Blue            1.0 0 0  0  0  1
Jones           1.0 0 0  0  0  0
Bellemore       1.0 0 0  0  1  0

QUAD CITIES      IP H R ER BB SO
Washburn (L)    2.0 5 4  4  2  0
Lanning         2.0 0 0  0  0  1
Cox             1.0 1 0  0  0  0
McCormick       1.0 1 0  0  1  0
Knutzen         1.0 0 0  0  1  0
Gasten          1.0 2 1  1  1  1
Richards        1.0 0 0  0  0  2

  HBP - by Hill (Schneider).  Balk - Knutzen.
  Umpires - Glenn Shelton, Donald Roudebush,
Frank Pulli, Joe Brinkman, August Legeay,
Todd Gallagher.

Time: 2:22. Attendance: 2,117

Notes, Issues, Sources, and Mysteries

  • Based on the box score in the 1995 Midwest League Yearbook, with help from the game account in the July 9, 1968, edition of the Waterloo Daily Courier (which also has a box score). A list of players selected as All-Star team starters was published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on July 6.
  • There's something wrong with the ninth slot in the QC batting order. My sources clearly have it wrong. This is my guess about what they intended, but it really doesn't look more probable than what I started with. I'm quite certain Tommy Gray is out of place.
  • Jack Krol of Appleton managed the All-Stars; he was apparently assisted by Denny Somers of Decatur and Walt Dixon of Quincy. Manager Fred Koenig of Quad Cities skippered his squad.
  • No official game MVP was selected, but Bob Lana of the CR Gazette reported that George Gove of Wisconsin Rapids, who had 8 third base assists, won an informal press box poll. George Hendrick of Burlington had two hits, one RBI, and participated in the All-Stars' first inning rally.
  • All-Star catcher Bob Bonalewicz got married in Detroit on Saturday, then returned to Iowa for the game.
  • Pitchers Bob Chlupsa (Cedar Rapids) and Alonzo Olivares (Dubuque & Quad Cities) were selected to the All-Star team but didn't appear in the game.

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