College Stars Unite in Wisconsin for Summer Baseball

By Jerry Huffman
Special to TravelWisconsin.com

College summer baseball in Wisconsin is red hot! Some of the best college baseball players in the country converge in Wisconsin to play for one of seven Wisconsin baseball teams that compete in the Northwoods League.

These teams comprise players representing the biggest collegiate athletic conferences in the country, including the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, Pac 12 and Big 12. Playing 70 games in 75 days makes for plenty of opportunities to catch a game this summer.

Northwoods teams in Wisconsin:

Baseball in Madison: An Experience Like No Other

The Madison Mallards play their home games at Warner Park on a field affectionately named The Duck Pond. And one does not merely attend a game there – one experiences an evening at The Duck Pond.

The gameday promotions would make even P.T. Barnum shed a tear. Offerings range from humman cannonball stunts to a dog-riding "cowboy monkey" to fireworks and bobblehead giveaways. 

The food is also a big part of the entertainment at The Duck Pond. Two of the menu home runs—a bacon ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce and for what is likely the first time in baseball history, a beer float. Not a root beer float, mind you, but imagine your favorite brew mixed with a healthy serving of ice cream.

Northwoods League All-Star Game

The top college baseball talent in the country is on display each July at this fan-favorite event. The All-Star Game is a great way to see some future big league stars, selected by coaches and media representatives for a chance to play before Major League scouts.

Some Major League Basbeall players who have played in the All-Star Game include:

  • Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees
  • Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals
  • Ryan Spilborghs of the Colorado Rockies
  • Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays
  • George Sherrill of the Atlanta Braves
  • Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox
  • Juan Pierre, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers
  • World Series hero Allen Craig of the St. Louis Cardinals.

For details on the game, including this year's date and location, check the Northwoods League website.

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