Results tagged ‘ Cedar Rapids Bunnies ’

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 2, 1937 – Hal Trosky

On October 2, 1937, Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) went 2-5 at the plate with two HR and three RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at Lavin Field.

Hal Trosky played 11 seasons for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Hal Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Trosky hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 1920 – Fred Hofmann

On September 29, 1920, Fred Hofmann (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1915-16) went 3-5 at the plate and scored a run as the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 9-4 at Shibe Park.

Fred Hoffman and 1923 New York Yankees defeated Hall of Famer John McGraw (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891) and the New York Giants in six games to claim the first of the Yankees 27 World Series Championships. Hofmann made two plate appearances going 0-1 with a walk in two World Series games.

Fred Hofmann hit .247 with 7 HR and 93 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Fred Hofmann was a member of the 1915 and the 1916 Cedar Rapids Bunnies teams. In 1915, the Bunnies finished in 4th place with a 54-47 mark under manager Jack Herbert. In 1916, Cedar Rapids finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-54 in the Central Association under manager Frank Boyle’s guidance. Hofmann hit .165 in 82 games in 1915 and hit .189 in 52 games during the 1916 season splitting time between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 1929 – Ernie Orsatti

On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, a RBI and scored two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 at Sportsman’s Park.

Ernie Orsatti hit .306 with 10 HR and 237 RBI during his 9 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in four World Series (1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934) batting .273 in 13 post season games as the Cardinals won the Championship in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics and defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.

Ernie Orsatti & the St. Louis Cardinals receive their 1931 World Series rings from Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Ernie Orsatti hit .347 with 6 HR for the 1925 Cedar Rapids Bunnies. The Bunnies won the Mississippi Valley League Championship with a record of 74-51 under manager Bill Speas.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1924 – Dutch Levsen

On September 27, 1924, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing one run to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns 12-1 at Dunn Field. Levsen struck out two batters while allowing seven hits and one walk in the victory.

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 E.R.A.

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.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 26, 1925 – Dutch Levsen

On September 26, 1925, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing two runs to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 7-2 at Shibe Park. Levsen struck out three batters while allowing 11 hits and six walks in the victory.

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.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 25, 1929 – Ernie Orsatti

On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 3-4 at the plate with three RBI and scored a pair of runs as St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 at Sportman’s Park.

Ernie Orsatti hit .306 with 10 HR and 237 RBI during his 9 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in four World Series (1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934) batting .273 in 13 post season games as the Cardinals won the Championship in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics and defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.

Ernie Orsatti hit .347 with 6 HR for the 1925 Cedar Rapids Bunnies. The Bunnies won the Mississippi Valley League Championship with a record of 74-51 under manager Bill Speas.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1935 – Hal Trosky

On September 21, 1935, Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) went 2-3 at the plate his 24th HR of the season to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at League Park. Trosky walked and drove in four runs in the victory.

Hal Trosky played 11 season for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Hal hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

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 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 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.

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