Cael’s Collection – Iowa State Day @ Perfect Game Field – Dutch Levsen
It is Iowa State Day at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium this afternoon. The Kernels will be wearing Cardinal and Gold jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game and the first 1000 fans through the gates will receive a free Cardinal and Gold ‘Party at the Park’ t-shirt. Gates open at 1 p.m. It is also Faith Day and Denny McClain is stopping by the stadium for the day to throw out a first pitch and sign autographs. There is a lot going on and it seems to have cooled down. Great day for some Kernels baseball.
I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.
There has been only one Iowa State Cyclone that played professional baseball in Cedar Rapids that went on to play major league baseball to the best of my knowledge. Dutch Levsen, a Wyoming, IA native, attended Iowa State University prior to becoming a member of the 1923 Cedar Rapids Bunnies team. Levsen went 19-4 in 25 games as the Bunnies finished 69-56 under manager Bill Speas to finish 3rd in the Mississippi Valley League.
On August 28, 1926, Dutch Levsen became the last player in MLB history to pitch complete game victories in both ends of a doubleheader leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win with a four hitter in game one. He followed that with a 5-1 win in game two over the Boston Red Sox once again scattering four hits throughout the game. Levsen had a career year in 1926 posting a 16-13 record with a 3.41 ERA. Dutch Levsen finished his career with a 21-26 record and a 4.17 ERA during his six year career playing for the Cleveland Indians.
I have picked up one Dutch Levsen through my collecting. It is actually a item from a 1920′s game by National game Makers of Washington, D.C. The game was called “Major League Ball – The Indoor BB Game Supreme”. 14 die cut players were used for each team and all 16 teams were represented as rosters varied from year to year. The game was produced between 1921 and 1930. I bought this one on Ebay and have been looking for additional ones ever since but have yet to see another.
I pick up cards of our alumni at local shows, regional shows if I can time visiting my older brother in Chicago correctly and we even hit the National the year it was in Chicago. Several of our local guys help me out when they are breaking boxes and hold on to stuff for me often with minimal or no payment. I am always in your debt Brian, John and Tim. You still have an open account to my comp tickets to Kernels games. The most common acquisition form has been the always present Ebay. It’s a dangerous place when you have 385 major league alumni and countless other minor leaguers who have had baseball cards produced.
Here is another recent pickup. It ties in as it is Iowa State Day and This is a Cael’s Collection post. I finally picked up a Cael Sanderson Allen & Ginter autograph card this past month on Ebay. It came from their 2007 set and I hadn’t found one at a price I was happy with until now. I also picked up the Art Pennington auto graph from the 2009 Allen & Ginter set. Happy to hear is is taking part of the Major League All-Star festivities down in Kansas City this week.