RedHawks Fans Are No. 1

Bob Hersom Published: April 20, 1998
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The long stadium-opening weekend attracted the most fans ever for a four-game baseball series in Oklahoma.

With crowds of 14,066 on Thursday, 8,625 on Friday, 13,129 on Saturday and 7,031 on Sunday, a total of 42,851 fans watched the RedHawks play their first four games at The Brick.

The average attendance: 10,713, or No. 1 in minor league baseball.

A Moment of Silence

The RedHawks asked the crowd for a moment of silence before the game Sunday, on the third anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

Another First

In the second inning, Edmonton manager Mike Quade became the first person thrown out of a game at The Brick.

He was tossed by home plate umpire John Dezelan after the RedHawks' Chris Tremie opened the second with a full-count walk. Quade was thrown out after arguing the call from the dugout.

Then he argued a lot more, with veins popping out of his neck, on the field. He left after kicking dirt on home plate and throwing three bats out of the dugout onto the field.

And Yet Another First

The first trainer on the field at The Brick? The RedHawks' Greg Harrel, who visited T.R. Lewis after the Hawks outfielder was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning Saturday night.

Umpire Complains

After the Quade-Dezelan argument, first-base umpire Scott Nance summoned a RedHawks official to the field to complain. The ump said neither the video screen nor the audio system should be used when there is an incident such as manager arguing with an umpire.

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