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Lore of The Coop

June 22, 2006 - International League (IL) - Columbus Clippers News Release

When baseball teams are struggling, managers have been known to do anything to jump start the club. They give pep talks, argue with umpires and even start donnybrooks on the field to get his troops fired up.

One of the most unusual sparks occurred at The Coop way back in 1934.

The Columbus Red Birds were the defending champions as the season started but the club got off to a slow start and were languishing close to last place in May.

May 4th was Ladies Day at Red Bird Stadium. As part of the promotion, the front office had invited movie star Johnny Wiessmuller to be part of the pre-game festivities. Wiessmuller's movie, Tarzan the Ape Man, was a big hit at the time.

Wiessmuller was quite an athlete. He won five gold medals in the 1924 & 1928 Olympics and set 67 world records as a swimmer. As fellow athletes, Johnny hit it off right away with the Red Bird players.

Wiessmuller was sitting in the front row, behind the Red Birds dugout, when it looked like yet another Columbus rally was going to fizzle out. Suddenly, the Olympic champion jumped to his feet and ran to the top of the stadium. He turned, pounded on his chest and gave his famous Tarzan call. It echoed throughout the stadium. The crowd roared.

The team perked up and rallied to win the game.

Wiessmuller was named the mascot of the team and his Tarzan call became the Red Bird's battle cry the rest of the season..

Inspired, the 1934 Red Birds charged to win the pennant, the playoffs and the Junior World Series.

Wouldn't it be great if Johnny was still with us and could do his Tarzan call from the top of The Coop? I wonder if Carol Burnett is busy next week?

The Clippers return Monday for a big homestand.

Monday, June 26, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Charlotte Knights

Dime-A-Dog Night!

Receive a Free Dime-a-Dog Night T-shirt, while supplies last, when you purchase a Box Seat ticket, Club Reserved Seat ticket or Reserved Seat ticket, at the regular price, for any of our three remaining selected, Dime-a-Dog Nights in 2006.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Charlotte Knights

LADIES NIGHT AND TACO BELL TWO FOR TUESDAY Clippers fans can purchase ANY Clippers ticket at regular price and receive a like ticket...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Norfolk Tides

$5.00 WEDNESDAYS! The best deal in baseball! Clippers fans can purchase ANY Clippers ticket for only $5.00 each (while supplies last for selected tickets.)

Donatos Pizza by the slice Only $1.00 each (While supplies last.)

"Clippers Kids Club" Youngsters 12 and under admitted free to General Admission seating every Wednesday with their Clippers Kids Club Card.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Norfolk Tides

Q-FM-96 Quencher Corner a larger serving of your favorite beverage in the left field party area. Purchase great menu items from Rooster's.

Friday, June 30, 2006 @ 7:25 PM vs. Louisville Bats

The ZOOperstars Appearance!

Party-At-the Park with Stix & Stones Band from 6-7:15 PM in the right field Pavilion. Features live music along with Gibby's Chicken Wings on sale while supplies last.

Saturday, July 1, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Louisville Bats

Dora The Explorer Appearance!

Dora appears in the right field Picnic Pavilion from 6-10 PM.

Sunday, July 2, 2006 @ 1:05 PM vs. Louisville Bats

Dora The Explorer Appearance!

Dora appears in the right field Picnic Pavilion from 12-4 PM.

Clippers Cap Giveaway to the first 2,000 fans of all ages!

"Family Day at The Coop"

The whole family(2 adults & 4 youth 18 & under) is admitted to general admission seating for only $10.00.

Kid's Fun Run Kids of all ages get to run the bases after the game! After the Fun Run join in the Weight Watchers Walk around the warning track!

Monday, July 3, 2006 @ 7:05 PM vs. Louisville Bats

Red, White & BOOM T-Shirt Giveaway to the first 3,000 fans of all ages & FIREWORKS!

Party-At-the Park with Big Hole Swiss with Curt Boster from 6-7 PM in the right field Pavilion.

Features live music along with City Barbecue Mini-Pulled Pork Sandwiches for $1.00 each while supplies last.


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