Former Madison Muskies president Bob Drew dies

Madison Muskies logo

The Madison Muskies logo appears on the scoreboard during a “Turn Back the Clock Night” at “The Duck Pond,” home of the Northwoods League’s Madison Mallards.

This news item is from the Monday edition of the Wisconsin State Journal:

Bob Drew, who served as president of the Madison Muskies in the 1980s and worked closely with general manager Ed Janus, died Sunday. He was 81.

Drew was known for his radio broadcast of the longest game in baseball history — a Class AAA contest between Pawtucket and Rochester on April 18, 1981, that went 33 innings and lasted 8 hours, 25 minutes. Pawtucket won 3-2.

Drew worked for several minor-league teams during his career, with Madison being his only Midwest League stop. The Muskies existed from 1982 to 1993; Drew was the team’s first president and general manager, and retired after the 1986 season. The Muskies franchise moved to Grand Rapids and became the West Michigan Whitecaps beginning in the 1994 season.

The 33-inning game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings is the subject of the 2011 book “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game” by Dan Barry. Two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame — Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr. — played in the game.

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