Wausau Timbers vs. Rockford Expos — July 23, 1988

Sally and I were vacationing at my parents’ in northern Wisconsin. baseballWe left Bethany with Grandma and headed an hour south to Wausau. We drove to the top of Rib Mountain, ate dinner at Pizza Hut and went to a Wausau Timbers A league game. At the time, Wausau was a Seattle Mariners farm team.

This was my first-ever Minor League game. We arrived an hour before game time. I bought a set of Timbers baseball cards. Our seats were in the third row right behind home plate. It was hot, and the sun was shining right in our eyes. That and the bee that hovered around Sally’s face made the evening less-than-perfect.

We sat right next to the mother and wife of the Timbers’ center baseballfielder, Jim Pritikin. They were loud and rude — and they both won door prizes. Hmmm. Makes ya kinda wonder, don’t it?

There were two players on the Expos who later make it to the Majors — Delino Deshields and Archie Cianfrocco. In this game, Cianfrocco hit three consecutive home runs. When he came up in the ninth inning, he was hit by a pitch. The first batter up for Wausau in the bottom of the inning had the first pitch sail right over his head. In this photograph Archie is crossing the plate after his third home run.

The Expos won 9-4.

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