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Madison Yellow Cab Co. in the 1970s

Yellow Cab sports teams

            While I was employed at Yellow Cab and Transfer Co., the company sponsored basketball, bowling and softball teams. On this page, I have included all the results I could find for the hoops and softball teams; the bowling sponsorship started much earlier, and the bowlers don’t seem to all have been YCTC employees, so I haven’t included those.

            Those were the officially sponsored sports, but the Yellow employees I knew also had other athletic pursuits. We had a regular golf group that played a number of the Madison-area courses, and for at least one year there were Saturday touch football games at the Wirth Memorial Teamster Bowl, a city park in an east-side industrial area.

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Basketball

Notes

            The scores below ran in either the Capital Times or Wisconsin State Journal; spelling errors have been left uncorrected.

            As far as I can determine, Yellow Cab sponsored basketball teams in the Madison city leagues only two seasons, 1970-71 and ’72-73, and I played during both. I didn’t work, or worked very little, at YCTC from June 1971 to May 1972, and didn’t live in Madison during that time; I guess I was indispensable, because I find no record of a Yellow Cab team for the ’71-72 season.

            We were organizing a team for the ’73-74 season, held a number of practices (at the Old Red Gym), and could I think have had a pretty good team, perhaps bettering the previous year’s team’s .500 record. But the union organizing started that fall, and the company declined to sponsor us.

            Some of the players on those teams were, or became, friends. Some of the others I don’t remember, even their first names. Any members of those teams who stumble across this web site are welcome to contact me at the email address on the Main Page.

 

1970-71

Shawnee League

Nov. 6

National Mutual Benefit 39

Yellow Cab 15

                       FG FT PF

Mullen               3    2    3

Enge                   0    0    2

Lovell                 0    0    0

Thompson         2    0    2

Johnson             0    0    0

Butts                  0    0    2

Fishstrom          0    0    1

Szumudski         1    0    0

Rentz                 0    1    2

Sheid                  0    0    1

Totals                6    3  13

 

Nov. 13

Motor Freight 27

Yellow Cab 22

                       FG FT PF

B. Lovell            0    0    0

D. Butts             2    0    1

M. McCormick 2    1    4

C. Enge              3    2    0

B. Rente             0    0    0

S. Thomson       2    1    0

C. Johnson         0    0    0

Totals                9    4    5

 

Nov. 20

Yellow Cab 41

Jolly Tavern 23

                       FG FT PF

Butts                  4    2    1

Szmudsinski      2    0    0

Rentz                 3    1    2

Zeller                 0    0    1

McCormick       7    2    2

Johnson             0    0    2

Enge                   1    2    0

Totals              17    7    8

 

Dec. 3

Vs. Appliance Mart

No score available

 

Dec. 10

Last Chance 60

Yellow Cab 23

 

Jan. 8

Yellow Cab 34

American Family Ins. 28

                       FG FT PF

Enge                   0    1    0

Zmudzinski       0    0    0

McCormick       8    0    1

Rentz                 0    0    1

Thomson           2    2    1

Butts                  3    4    2

Zeller                 0    1    2

Totals              13    8    7

 

Jan. 15

Motor Freight 32

Yellow Cab 29

                       FG FT PF

Enge                   1    0    0

Lovell                 0    0    0

McCormick       6    3    2

Rentz                 1    1    0

Thomson           2    1    2

Butts                  0    0    1

Zmudzinski       1    1    0

Totals              13    8    7

 

Jan. 22

Jolly Tavern 36

Yellow Cab 24

                       FG FT PF

Enge                   1    1    1

Butts                  1    0    0

Johnson             1    2    1

McCormick       3    0    4

Rentz                 1    0    0

Thomson           0    3    1

Zmudzinski       2    0    1

Zeller                 0    0    0

Totals                9    6    8

 

Jan. 29

Appliance Mart 49

Yellow Cab 42

                       FG FT PF

Enge                   1    1    0

McCormick       7    4    2

Rentz                 2    3    3

Thomson           4    0    2

Zeller                 1    0    1

Butts                  2    0    2

Totals              17    8  10

 

Feb. 5

Last Chance 40

Yellow Cab 21

                       FG FT PF

Enge                   0    2    2

Johnson             0    0    0

Rentz                 2    0    3

Thomson           1    1    5

Zeller                 2    0    1

Zmudzinski       4    0    0

Totals                9    3  11

 

1972-73

Wingra League

Nov. 7

Yellow Cab 56

Passport Realty 36

 

Nov. 14

Copper Grid 45

Yellow Cab 30

 

Nov. 21

Yellow Cab 63

Cosmo Club 18

 

Nov. 28

NECA 33

Yellow Cab 31

 

Dec. 5

Yellow Cab 24

Bock Corp. 23

                    FG FT PF

Thompson      4    0    3

Benson            2    0    1

Randbey         3    1    3

Wightman       0    0    4

Rentz              1    1    0

Noll                 1    0    2

Zmudzinski    0    0    0

 

Jan. 9

Yellow Cab 42

Passport Realty 33

 

Jan. 16

Copper Grid 63

Yellow Cab 18

                    FG FT PF

Benson            4    0    4

Noll                 0    0    1

Thompson      1    0    3

Wenzlaff         0    0    3

Wightman       4    0    1

Zmudzinski    0    0    0

Enge                0    0    1

 

Jan. 23

Cosmo Club 42

Yellow Cab 38

 

Jan. 30

N.E.C.A. 42

Yellow Cab 40

 

Feb. 6

Yellow Cab 36

Bock Corp. 33

Softball

            Notes: The scores below ran in either the Capital Times or Wisconsin State Journal; spelling errors have been left uncorrected. Teams were responsible for reporting their scores, and ours apparently didn’t do that at times, particularly during the 1972 season.

            The 1973 results include a YC win over Chappie’s. However, Ken Stone, who coached that year’s team, and I agree that we didn’t win a game that season.

            In 1974, following the unionizing effort and the first strike, YCTC did not sponsor the team, but most of the Taxi Squad personnel played under Parthenon Restaurant sponsorship that season and in 1975. (A lot of gyros were consumed in the dispatch room back in the day.) Many of the players continued in 1976 as the self-sponsored Iron Gloves. Because they were not technically Yellow Cab teams, those results are not included.

 

1971

Yahara League

May 5

Yellow Cab     000 100 0 –   1   2 12

Amber Grid     382 241 x – 20 14 1

            Winzlaff and Ence

 

May 12

Hyland Hall 20 Yellow Cab 7

 

May 19

Bowl-A-Vard 10 Yellow Cab 7

            Johnson, Wenzlaff and Enge

 

May 26

Yellow Cab 6 Milwaukee Cheese 5

 

June 2

Postponed

 

June 9

Amber Grid 26 Yellow Cab 7

 

June 16

Hyland Hall 12 Yellow Cab 10

 

June 23

Yellow Cab     203 100 0 –   6 11 3

Bowl-A-Vard  220 212 2 – 11 13 1

            Johnson and Eye

 

June 28

Brunke Glass 7 Yellow Cab 0 (forfeit)

 

June 30

Yellow Cab 20 Milwaukee Cheese 16

 

July 7

Brunke Glass 18 Yellow Cab 3

 

July 14

Graphic-Craft 23 Yellow Cab 10

 

July 21

Hyland Hall 22 Yellow Cab 7

 

July 28

Bowl-A-Vard 11 Yellow Cab 6

 

Aug. 4

Milwaukee Cheese 18 Yellow Cab 3

 

1972

Yucatan League

May 9

Twilight Lounge 30 Yellow Cab 2

(24-4 in Wisconsin State Journal)

 

May 16

No score

 

May 23

No score

 

May 30

No game

 

June 6

Wings Inn 21 Yellow Cab 1

Yellow Cab     001 00 –   1   2 8

Wings Inn        022 98 – 21 11 2

            Burchette, N. Miller and Enge

 

June 13

Nolo Contenders 26 Yellow Cab 25

 

June 20

No score

 

June 27

No score

 

July 11

Twilight Lounge 14 Yellow Cab 0

 

July 18

No score

 

July 25

K-Mart 21 Yellow Cab 13

 

Aug. 8

No score

 

Aug. 15

Hart Construction 13 Yellow Cab 13

 

1973

Navaho League

           

May 16

No score

 

May 23

No score

 

May 30

Village Lanes 7 Yellow Cab 4

 

June 6

K-Mart East 11 Yellow Cab 1

 

June 13

National Guardian Life 14

Yellow Cab 7

 

June 20

Wing's Inn 23, Yellow Cab 6

 

June 27

Eastslde Lutheran 13 Yellow Cab 8

 

July 11

Toby’s Supper Club 11 Yellow Cab 5

 

July 18

Yellow Cab 23 Chappie’s 13

 

July 25

No score

 

Aug. 1

K-Mart East 13 Yellow Cab 6

 

Aug. 8

National Guardian 10 Yellow Cab 8

 

Aug. 15

Wings Inn 12 Yellow Cab 10