Kids Club, Alums in the Bigs and 'The Wizard of Oz': Ten Things to Know in the AAPB This Week
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Play Ball Weekend, Reading Program, Breast Cancer Awareness Game, 'Office' First Pitch among MLB Partner League off-the-field highlights

MOORHEAD, Minn. - iSportsWire -- The American Association of Professional Baseball (@AA_Baseball) season continues with a full slate of series this weekend, all available for free live viewing at (

Here are 10 Things to Know about the AAPB this week:
  • In a story reminiscent of former major leaguer John Morris and current Houston Astro John Singleton, Sioux City Explorers catcher Dwight Childs played in his first game since 2014 ( on Sunday at Sioux Falls. The story got better when he threw out a runner and doubled in his first at bat.
  • Three members of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff (40-man roster) are AA alums: Brennan Bernardino pitched for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 2018; Cam Boozer was a member of the Chicago Dogs in 2021; and Chris Martin (currently on 15-day DL) pitched for the Grand Prairie AirHogs way back in 2010.
  • The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have lead sponsors for the first time for its popular "Hawkeye's Kids Club" promotion. Mazda & Kia of Fargo now help support the program, open to all kids ages 3-13 (
  • Legend has it that the August 12, 1939, showing of the now classic film The Wizard of Oz ( in Oconomowoc, Wis., home of the Lake Country Dockhounds, was its World Premiere. June 14-16, with the "Flying Monkeys" taking on the Cleburne Railroaders ( in the final three games of a six-game set at WBC Park.
  • Sioux City players were encouraging a different kind of Exploring on Monday (, leading off a summer reading program in concert with the city's Public Library system.
  • The Kansas City Star had this fine featur ( on Monarchs pitcher Grant Gavin, the team's leader in strikeouts. The piece chronicled the local (Parkville, Mo.) product's pro journey.
  • The Milwaukee Milkmen have collaborated with After Breast Cancer Diagnosis ( (ABCD) for the ROC'n Pink breast cancer awareness game on Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Franklin Field.
  • "The Office" star Kate Flannery ("Meredith") will be on hand as the Kane County Cougars host the Chicago Dogs for a special appearance and first pitch (https://coastalentertainment.seatengine-sites.c...).
  • The Sioux Falls Canaries are celebrating Play Ball Weekend with free batting practice for kids ages 6-12 next Sunday
  • Cleburne Railroaders second baseman Carter Aldrete was named American Association Hitter of the Month and Sioux Falls Canaries starter Ty Culbreth earned Pitcher of the Month honors for May (

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