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Midwest League 1973

All-Star Game

Wisconsin Rapids 4, All-Stars 3

Wisconsin Rapids, Monday, July 23, 1973

The 1973 Midwest League All-Star Game was played at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids on July 23, 1973. A team of the league's best players, selected by the league's managers and sports writers, faced the Wisconsin Rapids Twins, who led the league in wins at mid-season.

This was a really ugly ballgame, though some fine clutch pitching stranded 17 All-Star base runners. Although the Twins surrendered 13 hits and committed five errors, Joe Honce homered and Moe Hill had three hits to lead Wisconsin Rapids to a 4-3 win over the Stars.


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ALL-STARS                       AB R  H BI      WISCONSIN RAPIDS              AB R H BI
Jerry Remy (QC/CAL) 2B           6 0  2 0       Charles Dyson (WR/MIN) LF      4 0 0 0
Orlando Ramirez (QC/CAL) SS      6 0  0 0        Bruce Wachutka (WR/MIN) LF    0 0 0 0
Lanny Little (QC/CAL) RF         5 0  2 0       Joe Honce (WR/MIN) CF          4 1 1 2
Gary Alexander (DEC/SF) LF       4 0  1 0       Mike Gerakos (WR/MIN) 2B       4 1 0 0
 Stan Butkus (WAT/KC) P          0 0  0 0       Randy Bass (WR/MIN) 1B         4 1 1 0
 Roy Tanner (WAT/KC) PH          1 0  0 0       Moe Hill (WR/MIN) RF           3 0 3 0
 Ed Glynn (CLI/DET) P            0 0  0 0       Mike Coronado (WR/MIN) SS      3 0 1 1
Nyls Nyman (APP/CWS) 1B          4 1  1 0       Dave Saylor (WR/MIN) C         2 0 0 0
 Fred Mims (CR/HOU) 1B           1 0  0 0       Frank Cappiello (WR/MIN) 3B    3 1 2 0
Mike Roberts (WAT/KC) C          3 1  1 0       Buddy Wells (WR/MIN) P         2 0 0 0
 Luis Camilo (DEC/SF) C          1 0  0 0        Kevin Cooney (WR/MIN) P       1 0 0 0
Claudell Washington (BUR/OAK) CF 2 1  1 1        Terry Ryan (WR/MIN) P         0 0 0 0
 Mike Weiss (QUI/CHC) P          0 0  0 0        Harold Dixon (WR/MIN) P       0 0 0 0
 Sam Mejias (DAN/MIL) PH-LF      1 0  0 0
Chet Lemon (BUR/OAK) 3B          3 0  3 1
Romualdo Blanco (CR/HOU) P       0 0  0 0
 Elano Cuen (CR/HOU) P           2 0  0 0
 Art James (CLI/DET) PH-CF       3 0  2 1
 TOTALS                         42 3 13 3                                     30 4 8 3

All-Stars         000 003 000 - 3 13 2
Wisconsin Rapids  004 000 00x - 4  8 5

 E - Bass, Washington, Ramirez, Honce, Cappiello 2, Gerakos. DP - All-Stars 2, Wisconsin
 Rapids 2. LOB - All-Stars 17, Wisconsin Rapids 3. 2B - Lemon, Remy. HR - Honce.

ALL-STARS         IP H R ER BB SO
Blanco           2.0 1 0  0  0  2
Cuen (L)         3.0 6 4  2  1  1
Weiss            1.0 1 0  0  0  0
Butkus           1.0 0 0  0  0  0
Glynn            1.0 0 0  0  0  2

WISCONSIN RAPIDS  IP H R ER BB SO
Wells (W)        5.1 8 3  3  2  3
Cooney           2.1 3 0  0  3  4
Ryan             1.0 2 0  0  0  2
Dixon (S)        0.1 0 0  0  0  0

 WP - Cooney. PB - Saylor.

 Umpires - Mike Weber, Richard Worthy, William Bonser, ? Jones, Steve Storie, Richard Plank.

Time: 2:45.  Attendance: 1,103.

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 24, 1973, editions of the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune and the Waterloo Courier, both of which included box scores. The team selections were published in the July 15 edition of the the Courier.
  • My sources don't make it clear whether the All-Star ump was Charles Jones or Lee Jones, both of whom worked league games for the entire season.
  • Danville Manager Bernie Smith led the All-Star squad, with coaching assistance from Jim Leyland of Clinton and Leo Posada of Cedar Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids manager John Goryl managed his Twins.
  • Three Wisconsin Rapids players--first baseman Randy Bass, shortstop Mike Coronado, and pitcher Bob McGhen--were selected to the All-Stars, regardless of their team's participation as the Stars' opposition. Bass and Coronado appeared in the game for the Twins.
  • No official game MVP was selected.
  • Selected, but did not play: Pitchers (all of 'em) Dennis Lamp (Quincy), Lee McLauirine (Danville), Gerald Tyler (Clinton), and Chris Batton (Burlington). And WR's McGhen, of course.

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