Boise Hawks Fun Facts

Was reminicing over this Memorial Day Weekend and came up with a dozen “fun facts” about the Boise Hawks – some of the nuggets that may or may not find their way onto the radio broadcasts this season.  Many of them come from the days of the old Boise Hawks logo.

1. Walk-Off Fireworks – on July 4, 2011, Paul Hoilman hit a walk-off home run in extra innings to lift the Boise Hawks to a victory over Yakima.  It was the first of three-straight extra inning wins in a row for the team.

2. Road Warriors – every August, the Hawks vacate Memorial Stadium due to the Western Idaho Fair, for their longest road trip of the year.  In 2004, the Hawks won eight-straight games on the swing – helping the team win the NWL pennant.

3. As of May 27, a total of 94 former Boise Hawks have played in the Major Leagues.

4. Two former Boise Hawks have earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Major Leagues – Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Geovany Soto (2008)

5. Six former Hawks have been MLB All-Stars – Garret Anderson, Troy Percival, Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Dontrelle Willis, Geovany Soto.

6. The Cubs have sent seven first-round draft picks to Boise – Javier Baez (2011), Brett Jackson (2009), Andrew Cashner (2008), Josh Vitters (2007), Tyler Colvin (2006), Mark Pawelek (2005), Ryan Harvey (2003)

7. August 5, 2004 – Hawks commit franchise record nine errors, but rally for 6-5 win in 11 innings at Yakima.  Oakland reliever Jerry Blevins got the win for Boise.

8. In the last 10 years, the Hawks have played just two games longer than 13 innings – winning 2-1 at Tri-City (August 21, 2003) in 14 innings, and winning 9-8 vs. Everett (July 30, 2004) in 16 innings.

9. All five members of the original 2003 Boise Hawks starting rotation – Rocky Cherry, Billy Petrick, Sean Marshall, Rich Hill, Adalberto Mendez eventually pitched in the Major Leagues.

10. August 7, 2010 – one of the weird nights in Hawks history, manager Jody Davis pulls the team from the field in Everett due to “unplayable conditions” and the Hawks forfeit the Northwest League game to the Aquasox.

11. September 1, 2006 – Tyler Colvin hits a pair of home runs in a 10-5 victory over Tri-City, the fifth-straight game in which he hit a home run.

12. June 29, 1989 – Hawks manager Mal Fitchman was ejected in the sixth inning of the game vs. the Salem Dodgers.  However, Fitchman changes into the uniform of Humphrey the Hawk and returns to the field to instruct the team.  Ironically, the manager of the Dodgers was Tom Beyers – who later managed the Hawks.

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