Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin

Home of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

Former home of the Wisconsin Rapids
White Sox
In 1952, Wisconsin Rapids was able to maintain their .500 record going 60-60, and attendance jumped up a little to 43,900. Their best pitcher was Don LaVelle (10-4, 3.02) and they also featured their first pitcher to make the Majors as Russ Heman (1-3, 3.91) would go on to play briefly for the Indians and Angels. While Heman would get a "cup of coffee" up in L.A. it was W.R.'s outfielder that everyone had their eye on. Jim Landis held his own at the very young age of 18, batting .274 with 9 doubles, 4 triples and 4 homers. Landis would go on to have the best career of anyone from this era of Witter Field as he would spend 11 years in the Majors as an All-Star for the Chicago White Sox. As the 1953 season dawned, the White Sox took a step backwards. Frank Layana (21 2B, 10 HR, .254) would be the first with double digits in homers since Chester Gugala left and they would produce their 3rd future Major Leaguer as Washington Senators 2B Johnny Schaive (.200) came to town. Luis Perez (13-8, 2.69) and Richards Ramos (11-5, 3.33) would even provide some good pitching. Still, the Wisconsin Rapids White Sox finished off 1953 with a not so spectacular 53-70 record (.431), 27.5 games behind 1st place Green Bay. While their record and their 37,000 attendance was a disappointment, a far bigger disappointment came in the off season