• Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer to Appear at Four Big Top Sports & Entertainment Ballparks

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    April 08, 2019


    Kramer will appear in Wisconsin Rapids, Madison, Green Bay, and Kenosha from June 25th-28th

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. - Big Top Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates four teams in the Northwoods League, announced today that Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer will make a statewide tour to their four ballparks from June 25th through June 28th this summer. 

    Kramer will appear at the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters game on Tuesday, June 25thfollowed by the Madison Mallards game on Wednesday, June 26th. From there he will make a return to Titletown where he will appear at the Green Bay Booyah game on Thursday, June 27th before rounding out his statewide tour at the Kenosha Kingfish game on Friday, June 28th.

    “We’re extremely honored to welcome one of the Packers all-time legends to Wisconsin Rapids,” said General Manager Andy Francis. “This is another exciting piece to celebrate the Rafters 10th Anniversary.”

    Jerry Kramer’s appearance at each stadium will be twofold. For the first 60 minutes after gates open, 6:05-7:05, Kramer will sign autographs on photos provided by each team for 75 VIP ticket holders. No personal items will be signed during this time. A limited number of these VIP ticket packages are on sale now for $20 and include a reserved bleacher seat to the June 25th Rafters game, photo of Kramer for guaranteed autograph, and the ability to jump the line during the first 60-minute time slot. The VIP ticket package can be purchased online at raftersbaseball.com or by clicking on the buy tickets link on the Rafters Facebook page starting April 8th and ending on April 14th at 11:59pm. 

    Kramer will throw out the first pitch prior to the game in each venue. At the conclusion of the first pitch, he will return to the autograph site in each stadium for a public session hosted by Mayfield Sports Marketing. At this time fans may have personal Packers items autographed at the rate of $50 for photos (11x14 or smaller), mini helmets and $60 for jerseys, full size helmets, artwork, and footballs. All autographs include the HOF inscription. Additional inscriptions such as Super Bowl Champs, etc. will be $15 each. Mayfield Sports will also have merchandise available for purchase at each site such as photos, footballs, jerseys, mini/full size helmets and HOF items. 

    Kramer, who played football at the University of Idaho, was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (39th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. He started for the Packers from 1958 to 1968 playing most of his 11-season career under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi. Upon entering into the NFL, he was hailed as one of the best blockers in the game and earned his first All-NFL recognition in 1960. Kramer played a total of 130 career games as the Packers right guard and served as the team’s placekicker for several seasons. His leadership and talents helped the franchise capture five NFL championships and victories in Super Bowls I and II. Kramer earned All-NFL honors a total of five times (1960, 1962-63, 1966-67) and was voted to three Pro Bowls. He was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s, the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1969 and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4th, 2018 at age 82.

    The 4-Game Mini Plan is now on sale along with all of our season ticket and group areas!  Single game tickets go on sale April 19th!  For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafthouse is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

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    The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit  www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.