The recent announcement of Ed Sedar leaving the Milwaukee Brewers organization to join the Houston Astros sent us to the archives. We found a time when Ed was a pitcher for the Appleton Foxes. Sedar had been an outfielder for the Foxes in 1982 and 1983. He returned to the Foxes as a pitcher in 1985. Below is the game story for his first win as a pitcher for Appleton. The game was played on Saturday, April 27, 1985. The game story - written by Gary Shriver - appeared in the Sunday, April 28, 1985 edition of the Post-Crescent.Ed Sedar spurs Foxes past Timbers
The decision by the Chicago White Sox to convert Ed Sedar from an outfielder to a pitcher began to pay big dividends Saturday night.
Sedar limited to the Wausau Timbers to 4 hits in pitching the Appleton Foxes to a 7-1 victory before 217 fans at Goodland Field.
Sedar, who was signed by the White Sox in 1981, had played 4 seasons as an outfielder, including part of 1982 and the entire 1983 seasons in Appleton. His switch to the mound came so late in spring training that Sedar is still listed as an outfielder in the White Sox organization book.
There was no question, however, that the righthander was a pitcher Saturday night. He retired the first 8 Timbers he faced before walking Bregg Ray with two out in the third. Sedar did not allow a hit until Keith Komeiji knocked a double that just eluded leftfielder Wes Kent with 2 gone in the fifth.
Wausau got its only run off Sedar in the eighth when Pablo Moncerrat walked, moved to third on Sam Haley's double and scored on Dan Larson's infield out.
Don Carr came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Foxes.
"Everything was working tonight," Sedar said. "My sinker was particularly working well. This was the best stuff that I had all season. I even had control of my slider. I got stronger as the game went on (5 of his 6 strikeouts came after the fourth inning). Jim (Maerkert, Foxes' catcher) called a great game, and I had outstanding fielding behind me."
Sedar also became the first Foxes' pitcher to bat this season, lining out to short in the seventh inning. That situation came about because the Foxes had moved designated hitter Pete Venturini to left field late in the game, losing the use of the designated hitter in the process.
The Foxes gave Sedar a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in both the first and second innings.
With 2 out in the first, Jerry Bertolani singled and came home on Troy Thomas' double. Thomas then scored when Ray threw away Buck Autry's ground ball.
Venturini and Martin singled with one out in the second. When Wausau pitcher Bob Seigel threw wildly to first in a pickoff attempt, Venturini scored and Martin raced to third. Later in the inning, Darrell Pruitt singled home Martin.
Appleton added single runs in the fourth and fifth. Mike Taylor led off the fourth with a single, stole second and scored on Bertolani's single. Martin doubled with 2 out in the fifth and was driven in by Taylor's single.
Venturini scored the Foxes' final run in the seventh when he singled and later scored on Taylor's single.
"Sedar threw a lot of good pitches, but he has thrown well all season. Tonight, it was just a case of our fielder's catching the ball and our hitters getting him some runs," Foxes manager Sal Rende said.
The Foxes host the Timbers again at 1:30pm today.
FOXES TALES - Gene Autry Sr., father of the Foxes' third baseman, rode a motorcycle from Indianapolis to see his son play this weekend. Autry's motorcycle was a homemade model.
Adrian Garrett, Foxes manager in 1982, and now minor league hitting instructor with the White Sox, coached at first base for the Foxes in Saturday's game.
Also visiting Appleton is Damian Slattery, who is in the promotion department of Sports Illustrated Magazine. Slattery is a friend of Foxes' General Manager Bill Smith.
Sedar went 1-3 in seven starts for the Foxes before being moved up to Glens Falls, the Eastern League affiliate of the White Sox. The win covered in this week's Flashback is the only win as a pitcher in Sedar's career.
I can think of one former Timber Rattler position player who came back to the team as a pitcher. That was Ruben Castillo, a shortstop on the 2000 team. Castillo came back to pitch for the 2004 Timber Rattlers. Jorge Sosa had already made the switch from position player to pitcher when he joined the Timber Rattlers in 2001. We missed out on the Eddy Hernandez switch due to the Timber Rattlers no longer being affiliated with the Mariners.
Damian Slattery is mentioned in the From the Managing Editor column from the November 9, 1992 edition of Sports Illustrated. It mentions that he is leaving SI to pursue a screenwriting career. I have seen some of Slattery's work. Not the movie mentioned in the column. I have seen Barbarians many times on History Channel and History Channel International.
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