Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin
Home of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
Former home of the Wisconsin Rapids
The pitching was excellent too as Larry May (16-5, 2.88) and Robert Konopa (17-6, 2.88) shared 2.88 ERAs. Robert Mulligan (7-2, 2.02), Paul Voigt (12-8, 3.50) and Smokey Everett (3-4, 2.07) also had excellent seasons. After a last place finish in the 1st half, Wisconsin Rapids got hot behind this team and finished in 1st with a 45-25 (.643) record in the 2nd half... 77-64 (.546) overall. Waterloo however made quick work of the Twins defeating them 2-1 in 3 games to go on to the finals. It was the last time that a Wisconsin Rapids professional team would ever make the playoffs. 1981 would bring a new future star named Jim Eisenreich to the team. Eisenreich was outstanding hitting 27 doubles and 23 homers while batting .311. He would go on to play for 15 years in the Major Leagues peaking in 1996 with the Phillies batting .361 in 373 At bats. Eisenreich should have probably gone on to even greater things in his career, but was probably held back throughout his career because he suffered from Tourette's syndrome, which the Public Relations department of Philadelphia supposedly dealt with very poorly. Sadly his controversial affliction was met with predjudice when it should have been met with support. Future Indians pitcher Rich Yett (12-6, 3.68) was the team's best pitcher. As the talent pool continued to wane in 1982 (which did feature future 15 year MLB veteran Mark Portugal - 9-8, 4.08), the crowds began to care about the W.R. Twins less and less. In 1982 the W.R. Twins were in last place and only 37,000 came out to see them. As the Twins showed a tiny bit of promise in 1983, fans worried about rumors that their team might move came out to the ballpark 51,000 strong to support their team, which finished 4 games over .500. Unfortunately it was already too late. The Twins had signed a deal to move the W.R. Twins to a vintage old ballpark in Kenosha named Simmons Field that had been built back in 1931 but had never seen professional baseball.