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Midwest League 1969

All-Star Game

Appleton 5, All-Stars 3

Appleton, Monday, July 21, 1969

The 1969 Midwest League All-Star Game was played at Appleton's Goodland Field on July 21, 1969. The game pitted a team of the league's best players, as selected by the league managers (I'm not sure whether anyone else voted), against the Appleton Foxes, who won the first half championship.

The Foxes won by a 5-3 score. Mark Marquess (yup, that would be Stanford's baseball coach) of Appleton knocked in the winning run with a two-RBI pinch hit triple in the seventh, while Bart Johnson pitched a complete game for the Foxes. Burlington's Bill Geiger took the loss for the All-Stars.


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ALL-STARS                    AB R H BI      APPLETON                      AB R H BI
Matt Alexander (QUI/CHN) 3B   2 2 1 0       Roger Reid (APP/CWS) 2B        4 1 1 0
Jose Stennett (WR/MIN) LF     3 1 1 1       Jim Redmon (APP/CWS) SS        4 1 2 1
Gary Matthews (DEC/SF) RF     2 0 0 0       Stu Singleton (APP/CWS) RF     4 0 0 0
Jerry Feldman (QC/CAL) 1B     3 0 1 2       Joe Bowen (APP/CWS) LF         3 1 1 0
 Nick Van Lue (WAT/KC) PH-1B  1 0 1 0        Mark Marquess (APP/CWS) PH-LF 1 0 1 0
Don Cunnigan (QC/CAL) CF      4 0 1 0       George Hunter (APP/CWS) 1B     2 0 0 1
Frank Kimball (CLI/SEA) C     3 0 0 0       Glenn Redmon (APP/CWS) 3B      2 0 1 1
 Jack Mull (QUI/CHN) C        1 0 0 0       Greg Howell (APP/CWS) C        4 0 0 0
Sam Lovelace (BUR/OAK) 2B     4 0 0 0       Bill Correa (APP/CWS) CF       2 1 0 0
Ted Parks (WAT/KC) SS         3 0 0 0       Bart Johnson (APP/CWS) P       3 1 1 1
Larry Sullivan (CLI/SEA) P    1 0 0 0
 Brian Nelson (QC/CAL) P      1 0 0 0
 Jim Clark (BUR/OAK) RF       1 0 0 0
 Gilberto Rivera (QUI/CHN) P  0 0 0 0
 Bill Geiger (BUR/OAK) P      0 0 0 0
 Leo Mazzone (DEC/SF) P       0 0 0 0
 Steve Davies (DEC/SF) P      0 0 0 0
 TOTALS                      30 3 5 3                                     29 5 7 4

All-Stars         101 010 000 - 3
Appleton          010 010 21x - 5



ALL-STARS        IP H R ER BB SO
Sullivan        2.0 1 1  1  0  1
Nelson          2.0 0 0  0  2  0
Rivera          2.0 3 1  1  1  0
Geiger (L)      0.2 1 2  2  4  1
Mazzone         0.1 2 1  1  0  0
Davies          1.0 0 0  0  0  0

APPLETON         IP H R ER BB SO
Johnson (W)     9.0 5 3  1  1  6

Attendance: 1,366

Notes, Issues, Sources, and Mysteries

  • Based on the box score in the 1995 Midwest League Yearbook, with help from the game accounts in the July 22, 1969, editions of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune (neither of which has a box score). The team selections were published in the July 16 edition of the the WR Trib.
  • There's an error in the All-Stars portion of the box, as the At Bats column doesn't balance. This reflects my source. Anyone got a better version of the box score?
  • A qualification oddity: Appleton was tied with Quad Cities at the half-season mark. The half-championship "playoff" was decided by a regularly-scheduled game played during the second half, on July 16.
  • Appleton's Tom Saffell was announced as manager of the All-Stars about a week before the game, with coaches announced as Fred Koenig (Quad Cities), Walt Dixon (Quincy), and Sibby Sisti (Clinton). Since Saffell's team won the half-championship, I presume he skippered the Foxes and one of the others managed the All-Stars.
  • No official game MVP was selected. I'd have voted for Bart Johnson, who struck out six All-Stars and hit a triple to go with his complete game.
  • Selected, but did not play: Gary Holland, Clinton third baseman; Matt Moschetti, Quad Cities shortstop; Mike Lisetski, Quincy infielder; Jim Clark, Burlington outfielder; Jess Hill, Quincy pitcher, and Al Martin, Quad Cities pitcher. And three Foxes would have played for the All-Stars had Quad Cities won the playoff game: Greg Howell, Bart Johnson, and pitcher Don Eddy.

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