Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers Highlights List of Celebrities Set to Appear at Witter Field
Former MLB pitcher and Hall of Famer scheduled to appear on Friday, June 9th
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters unveiled a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests set to appear at Rafters games this summer to meet with fans and sign autographs. All single game tickets for the 2017 season go on sale beginning on Friday, April 21st at 9:00am. However, the Rafters are making all four guest appearance dates available on a 24 hour flash sale through 5pm on Wednesday, April 19th. Single game tickets to these four events can be purchased exclusively online now by using PROMO CODE: CELEBRITY. Click the following link to purchase: https://tinyurl.com/lk4j6pg
On Friday, June 9th Bull’s Eye Credit Union is presenting Mustache Night along with a special guest appearance by a man with one of the most recognizable mustaches in baseball history, MLB Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Brewers closer Rollie Fingers. Fingers will be on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs when the gates open at 6:00. The first fans through the gates on June 9th will also receive their very own handlebar mustache to wear throughout the evening.
One of the most popular figures in Wisconsin Rapids Twins history will return to Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, June 17th at 6:05 when the Rafters host the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Elmore “Moe” Hill, who spent eight seasons in the Midwest League with the Twins Class A affiliate, will return to Witter Field for Bull’s Eye Credit Union Turn Back the Clock Night. The first fans through the gates at 5:05 will receive a Rapids Twins Moe Hill Midwest League Triple Crown bobblehead to honor his accomplishment in 1974. That year, he batted a career-best .339 to go with 32 home runs and 113 RBIs, becoming the first player in Midwest League history to win the Triple Crown. In 1999, Baseball America selected Hill as the greatest Midwest League player ever, after posting a .283 batting average with 201 homers and 720 RBIs in 969 games in his career at that level.
After paying tribute to the ‘90s a year ago, the Rafters will host their first ‘70s Night on Thursday, June 22nd this summer when they host the Green Bay Bullfrogs at 7:05. Joining the Rafters to meet with fans will be a gentleman who symbolized the 70s American dream of success—Jimmie Walker—who played gleamy-toothed J.J. Evans in the popular 1970s CBS hit TV series Good Times. Walker’s catchphrase “Dyn-o-mite!” became a popular item in the American vernacular and he became such a major celebrity that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.” In addition to appearing in Good Times from 1974-1979, Walker has also appeared in films such as Let’s Do It Again (1975), Airplane! (1980), and Monster Mash: The Movie (1995). The Rafters encourage fans to don their 1970s attire and be ready to ‘dance the night away’ to classic tunes from the ‘70s.
The fans have spoken! On Sunday, July 30th, LubDub Sports presents Wrestling Night at the ballpark with special guest Jerry “The King” Lawler. The Rafters will host the Lakeshore Chinooks at 4:05 and fans will be able to meet “The King” beginning at 3:05 when the gates open. There will be interactive features available for fans to engage all evening long and win special prizes, courtesy of LubDub Sports.
The defending Northwoods League Champion Rafters host their season opener on Tuesday, May 30th at 7:05pm when they take on the Kenosha Kingfish. Rafters single game tickets go on sale on Friday, April 21st at 9:00am. Tickets will be available by visiting Raftersbaseball.com or calling the Rafters ticket office at 715-424-5400.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.