Kids Jersey Designs& Tribute to a Negro Leaguer: Ten Things to Know in the AAPB This Week
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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 (or so) Things to Know about the AAPB this week:
  • The Sioux Falls Canaries held a Kid's Design Jersey contest back in May, and now their work has gone public. Fans can bid on the Queen City themed shirts online now ( for when the team rocks them on Daycare Day and Kid's Night on August 30.
  • In the AAPB Fun Fact of the Week, we turn to a geography lesson of sorts. League rosters as of July 1 include players from 39 different U.S. states plus Puerto Rico, three Canadian provinces and seven other countries.
  • Kansas City Monarchs righthander Grant Gavin, who led the AAPB in strikeouts per nine innings, signed with the Cincinnati Reds and was immediately assigned to their highest affiliate in Louisville (
  • Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Ismael Alcantara is the latest AAPBer to find his way into another pro league. Last week, the Redhawks transferred the contract of the former Dodgers prospect to the Rieleros de Aguascalientes of the Mexican League (
  • The Kansas City Monarchs have now partnered with the Negro Leagues Museum in support of a monument to honor Monarchs great Hilton Smith (
  • The AAPB inked another partner last week as VensureHR came aboard as the exclusive and preferred payroll supplier to the league and its member clubs.
  • Monthly awards are in (, and June featured many outstanding performances across the league. The AAPB Rawlings Batter of the Month is Chicago Dogs first sacker Jacob Teter (Melbourne, Fla.) and the Pitcher of the Month went to Winnipeg Goldeyes starter Joey Matulovich (Danville, Calif.).
  • WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee had this fun piece on Ken Patnode Sr. (, after the 100-year old threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Milkmen game Sunday.
  • The AAPB All-Star Game is set for July 23 in Kansas City, Kan., and the league is set to announce the teams from each division LIVE.
  • It's "Christmas in July" next Wednesday when the Milwaukee Milkmen host the Lincoln Saltdogs at Franklin Field. The Salvation Army will be in the spirit (, their ubiquitous Sidewalk Santas.
  • The Winnipeg Goldeyes have teamed with 92.1 CITI radio, dubbed "Winnipeg's Rock Station," for ROCK Night tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m.
  • Some other fun theme nights coming up:
    • Saturday, Elvis Tribute, Chicago Dogs
    • Saturday, Wild West Night, Cleburne Railroaders
    • Saturday, Ghostbusters post-game film viewing, Winnipeg Goldeyes

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