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This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 20, 1891 John McGraw’s Final CR Game, Canaries 6, Ottawa 1

On August 20, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries defeated Ottawa 6-1. Bill Hoffer led the Canaries to the win with nine solid innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out five batters. It was also the final game future baseball Hall of Fame member John McGraw would play as a member of the Cedar Rapids squad. McGraw was offered and accepted an opportunity to join the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association and he hit .270 with 14 RBI in 33 games during the Orioles 1891 season

McGraw compiled a career MLB batting average of .334 in 16 MLB seasons with a .466 on base percentage. He led the league in runs scored and walks in both 1898 and 1899. McGraw also led the league in on base percentage three times (1897, 1899 and 1900) including a .547 in 1899 which is the fourth highest single seasonmark in the history of baseball following only Barry Bonds (.609 in 2004 and .582 in 2002) and Ted Williams (.553 in 1941).

John McGraw began his MLB managing career in 1899 as a player manager for the Baltimore Orioles. McGraw managed 33 MLB seasons before being replaced midway through the 1932 season. He managed the Orioles for three seasons before joining the New York Giants and was a player manager through the 1906 season. McGraw’s New York Giants teams won 10 National League pennants and 3 World Series championships. He led the New York Giants to a first or second place finish in 21 of his 29 years at the helm.He won 2,784 games during his MLB managerial career which is second only to Connie Mack in baseball history.

This following article was published in the August 21, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottawa Modocs held on August 20, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 15, 1907 Bunnies win 2-1 in 18 Innings, Monty Pfyl makes CR debut

On August 15, 1907, The Cedar Rapids Bunnies defeated the Peoria Distillers 2-1 in 18 innings. Zorah Clevinger opened the bottom of the 18th with a single. he moved to second on a sacrifice by Patsy O’Conner. Ben Davis drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field. It was the longest game ever played at Athletic Park up to that point. Each team’s starting pitcher went the distance. Malicot struck out seven while walking four and allowing 11 Peoria hits to earn the win for Cedar Rapids. Paul Moore, who had played for Cedar Rapids in 1903 and 1904, took the loss for Peoria. He struck out 10 batters while allowing six walks and three hits. Ivan Howard hit a RBI double in the sixth inning to drive in the Bunnies first run in the game scoring Ben Davis who had broke up Moore’s no-hitter earlier in the inning.

The game also marked the Cedar Rapids debut of Monty Pfyl. Pfyl had made his MLB debut earlier in the season on July 30 for John McGraw (1891) and the New York Giants. Monty Pfyl is Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball’s version of Moonlight Graham from the movie Field of Dreams. Pfyl laid down a sacrifice bunt in his only MLB plate appearance and never had the chance to face major league pitching again. He was sent to Springfield in the Three-I League and then was traded to Cedar Rapids along with Bill Fox in exchange for Rusty Owens. Pfyl went on to play five more seasons on minor league ball playing for the Altoona Mountaineers – Tri State League (1908), Baltimore Orioles – Eastern League (1908), Stockton Millers – California League (1909), Oakland Oaks – Pacific Coast League (1910-11), and the Jersey City Skeeters – International League (1914).

The article talks a bit about the umpire and press becoming impatient due to the length of the game. It was completed in 2 hours and 45 minutes which would be considered a fairly short game by today’s standards.

The following article was published in the August 16, 1907 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the  held on August 15, 1907. The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Doc Crandall, Ivan Howard, Rebel Oakes, Monty Pfyl, Roy Radebaugh, Al Shaw and Mike Simon). The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies finished fifth in the Three-I League with a record of 72-61 under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 12, 1962 Tony Komisar no-hits Clinton as Braves win 8-0

On August 12, 1962, Tony Komisar pitched a no-hitter to lead the Cedar Rapids Braves to an 8-0 win over the Clinton C-Sox. Komisar struck out ten batter while walking three. It was the first no-hitter thrown by a Cedar Rapids pitcher since joining the Midwest League. Carl Elmstrom came within one out of accomplishing the feat earlier in the year on July 1 against Clinton. Komisar was an emergency starter, getting the call just before game time when scheduled starter Ray Orlikowski came down with a back injury. There was only one hit by either team through six innings of play. The Braves scored an unearned run in the fourth before exploding for a four-run seventh inning highlighted by Tom Stock‘s three-run HR to put the game out of reach.

The following article was published in the August 13, 1962 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Clinton C-Sox held on August 12, 1962. The 1962 Cedar Rapids Braves featured one player who played in Major League baseball after his time in Cedar Rapids (Adriann Garrett). The 1962 Cedar Rapids Braves posted a 58-66 record under manager Ken Blackman’s guidance to finish eighth in Cedar Rapids’ first season in the Midwest League.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 10, 1909 Charles Jaeger No-Hits Davenport. Bunnies lose 3-1

On August 10, 1909, Charlie Jaeger pitched a no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Bunnies fell 3-1 to the Davenport Pretzels. Jaeger struck out one batter while walking five. Davenport scored its three runs in part due to a pair of walks and a throwing error by Jaeger in the top of the fourth. Collis Spencer picked up the win for Davenport. Spencer had played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad earlier in the season (1905-09) and would rejoin the Cedar Rapids teams in 1914 and 1915. He went on to pitch a no-hitter for the Bunnies on August 3, 1914. Charlie Jaeger made his MLB debut on September 4, 1904 for the Detroit Tigers. Jaeger posted a 3-3 with a 2.57 E.R.A. in 8 games. He pitched 5 complete games and finished two others out of the bullpen.

The following article was published in the August 11, 1909 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Davenport Pretzels held on August 10, 1909. The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured five players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Chet Carmichael, Bill Collins, Bill Hoffer, Charlie Jaeger, and Billy Kelly). The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 31-107 record under manager Lute Broberg’s guidance. The Bunnies .225 winning percentage is the lowest in the history of Cedar Rapids professional baseball history.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 7, 1997 – Ramon Ortiz No-Hits Quad Cities. Kernels win 12-0

On August 7, 1997, Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.

Ramon Ortiz has compiled a 86-84 record in 11 MLB seasons pitching for the Angels, Reds, Nations, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs. Ortiz posted a 1-2 mark with a 4.86 E.R.A. in 22 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2011. He has a 9-5 record with a 3.20 E.R.A. in 22 starts for the the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) in 2012.

This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten). The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels posted a 62-76 record under manager Mario Mendoza’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 7, 1957 – Deane Mink No-Hits Keokuk. Raiders win 2-0

On August 7, 1957, Deane Mink pitched the first no-hitter at Veterans Memorial Stadium to lead the Cedar Rapids Raiders to a 2-0 win over the Keokuk Kernels.  Mink struck out eight batters and walked one batter in seven innings of work in game one of the day’s doubleheader. Hal Holderfield made a great catch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the no hitter and Mink was mobbed at the mound by celebrating teammates. Holderfield also factored into both of the Raiders’ runs in the victory. He hit a RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and scored a run on Jim Koranda‘s sac fly. Deane Mink posted a 8-12 record with a 4.56 E.R.A. in 23 games with the Raiders in 1957.

This following article was written by Gus Schrader and published in the August 8, 1957 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Keokuk Kernels held on August 7, 1957. The 1957 Cedar Rapids Raiders, a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate, featured three players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Tim Harkness, Rod Miller and Jack Smith). The 1957 Cedar Rapids Raiders posted a 49-79 record under manager Danny Ozark’s guidance. Ozark went on to manage in the majors with the Phillies and Giants.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 6, 1954 – Dick Drott wins CG, Art Pennington extends hitting streak to 12 games

On August 6, 1954, Dick Drott pitched a complete game to lead the Cedar Rapids Indians to a 5-1 victory snapping the Waterloo White Hawks seven game winning streak. Drott struck out seven batters while allowing one run on four hits and four walks to improve to 4-3 on the season. Art Pennington, the Indians power hitting outfielder, tallied a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Dick Drott went on to play for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Colt .45’s during his seven year MLB career. Drott compiled a 27-46 record with a 4.78 E.R.A. He finished third in the 1957 Rookie of Year voting posting a 15-11 record with 3 shutouts and a 3.58 E.R.A. during his rookie season.

Art Pennington, a long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, played for the 1953 and 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians squads. Pennington hit .345 with 16 HR in 1954. He had played for the Chicago American Giants and the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leagues between 1941-45.

This following article was published in the August 7, 1954 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Waterloo White Hawks held on August 6, 1954. The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Anderson, Dick Drott and Al Unser). The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians posted a 63-72 record under manager Billy Prince’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 3, 1914 – C.M. Spencer No-Hits Keokuk. Bunnies win 10-0

On August 3, 1914, C.M. (Collis Mitchell) Spencer pitched a complete game no-hitter to lead the Cedar Rapids Bunnies to a 10-0 win over the Keokuk Indians.  Spencer struck out one and walked three batters. Charles Curtis hit a three-run homer in the fourth and the Bunnies never looked back adding three additional runs in the 8th and four runs in the top of 9th inning to put the game away. This was the second Cedar Rapids no-hitter Spencer played a part in. Charlie Jaeger (1909) pitched a no-hitter for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies on August 10, 1909 but lost the game to Spencer and the Davenport Pretzels 3-1.

This following article was published in the August 4, 1914 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Central Association contest against the Keokuk Indians held on August 3, 1914. The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bill Harper, Roy Radebaugh and Bill Wambsganss). The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 65-59 record under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance. Bill Wambsganss went to to become the only player in major league history to turn an unassisted triple play during the World Series.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 2, 1972 – Gary Trumbauer No-Hits Burlington, but loses 1-0

On August 2, 1972, Gary Trumbauer pitched a complete game no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell 1-0 to the Burlington Bees. It was the third no-hitter thrown by a Cedar Rapids pitcher since joining the Midwest League in 1962. Trumbauer struck out five batters while allowing five walks in the loss. The Cardinals tallied 10 hits in the game but could not push a run across the plate to support Trumbauer’s effort. This is the only no-hitter thrown by a Cedar Rapids pitcher in the Midwest League that resulted in a loss. The article also mentions the arrival of Larry Herndon, who went on to play in the big leagues with the Cardinals, Giants and Tigers.

This following article was published in the August 3, 1972 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Burlington Bees held on August 2, 1972. The 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured four players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Hector Cruz, Larry Herndon, Jerry Mumphrey and Mike Vail). The 1972 Cedar Rapids Astros posted a 51-77 record under manager Gary Geiger’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 31, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 12, Joliet Giants 2

On July 31, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored 10 runs in the first four frames to quickly put the game out of reach as they defeated Joliet 12-2. Jake Drauby went 2-4 in the game with a double and scored a pair of runs. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 1-6 in the game and also scored two runs.

This following article was published in the August 1, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Joliet Giants held on July 31, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

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