Moe Hill to Appear in the Rapids
The greatest player in the history of both the Midwest League and the Wisconsin Rapids Twins is coming back to Witter Field. He will have his number 24 retired and be available to re-connect with fans at the second ever Rafters home game on Monday, June 7 at 7:05 pm vs. the Eau Claire Express.
It is likely a Midwest League star will never shine so bright, or so long, as Moe Hill did during his stay in Wisconsin Rapids from 1971 to 1978. He hit 194 homeruns during that span, won the Midwest League Triple Crown in 1974, hit 41 homeruns during the 1977 campaign and during it all created a legend known throughout both Wisconsin Rapids and the entire baseball world. He led the League in homeruns each year from 1974 thru 1977.
After all these achievements in the Midwest League, Hill was never able to find his rhythm when the opportunities arose to play at higher levels (in 1971 and 1979 Hill played Double A ball in Charlotte, NC, and that was the highest level he would ever play) and his playing career was over by 1980. In 1999 Baseball America selected him as the Greatest Player in the history of the Midwest League.
He has continued to work in baseball ever since his playing days ended. He is currently the Bench Coach for the Double A Bowie BaySox, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate.