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This date in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history – May 20, 1988 – Scott Scudder

On May 20, 1988, Scott Scudder pitched the ninth no-hitter in Cedar Rapids Midwest League baseball history to lead the Cedar Rapids Reds to a 4-0 win over the Wausau Timbers. Scudder and the Reds went on to win the 1988 Midwest League Championship defeating Springfield and Kenosha in the playoffs.

Scott Scudder, the Reds first round draft pick in the 1986 draft, pitched for the 1987 and 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds squads. He posted a 7-12 mark with a 4.10 E.R.A. in 1987 striking out 128 batters in 153 2/3 innings of work. He returned to Cedar Rapids in 1988 to post a 7-3 record with a 2.02 E.R.A. in 16 games before earning a mid-season promotion to Chattanooga.

Scott Scudder made his MLB debut on June 6, 1989 for the Cincinnati Reds. Scudder appeared in two playoff games during the Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series Championship run. He was acquired by the Cleveland Indians along with Joe Turek and Jack Armstrong in exchange for Greg Swindell on November 15, 1991. Scudder compiled a career mark of 21-34 with a 4.80 E.R.A. during his five seasons with the Reds and the Indians.

Scott Scudder served as a coach for Swedish National team during the 2010 European Championships.

This date in Kernels alumni history – December 1, 1956 – Rocky Colavito

On December 1, 1956, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox. Colavito finished the year hitting .276 with 21 HR and 65 RBI.

Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956), Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) and Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007-07) (American League (2011) are the only Rookie of the Year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 28, 1956 – Kerby Farrell

On November 28, 1956, Kerby Farrell (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1951) was selected to replace Al Lopez as the Cleveland Indians manager. The Indians went 76-77 in 1957 in a season plagued by injuries. Farrell managed 22 seasons in the minors and was named the Sporting News minor league manager of the year three times, more than any other manager in history. He served as a scout for the Twins following his managing career and was a volunteer coach at Vanderbilt in 1975.

Kerby Farrell hit .262 with 55 RBI during his two season MLB career playing for the Boston Braves and the Chicago White Sox.

Kerby Farrell was the Cedar Rapids Indians player manager in 1951. He hit .286 while appearing in 19 games including three appearances on the mound where he went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. The Indians finished the year 64-66.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 27, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 27, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox for $150,000. Boudreau hit .267 and led the Red Sox to a 76-78 record in 1951. They improved to 84-69 in 1952 before finishing 69-85 in his final year managing the team in 1953. He later managed the Athletics and the Cubs.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 10, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 10, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) was fired by the Cleveland Indians amidst a large amount of public protest. Boudreau had compiled a .529 winning percentage as the Indians manager and led the team to the 1948 World Series championship. He went on to manage the Red Sox and Athletics.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 6, 2007 – Casey Kotchman

On September 6, 2007,  Casey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) went 2-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and scored a run in the Angels 10-3 win over the Indians.

Casey Kotchman has hit .262 with 71 HR and 380 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners, Rays and Indians. Kotchman is hitting .228 with 12 HR and 48 RBI thus far in the season for the Indians in 2012.

Casey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 28, 1926

On August 28, 1926, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) 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. Levsen

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 – August 20, 1945

On August 20, 1945, George Binks (1939-40) went 2-4 at the plate with a home run, four RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Washington Senators 7-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.

George Binks hit .253 with 8 home runs and 130 RBI during his five year MLB career playing for the Senators, Athletics and Browns. Binks had a career best year in 1945 hitting .276 with 32 doubles and 81 RBI as the Senators finished second in the American League with a 87-67 record.

George Binks played for the 1939 and 1940 Cedar Rapids Raiders squad. Binks hit .329 with 10 HR and 26 doubles in 119 games in 1939 as the Raiders finished 73-46 under manager Ollie Marquardt. He returned for the 1940 season and the Raiders finished 74-51 under manager Ollie Marquardt. Binks hit .211 with 7 HR in 57 games. The Raiders defeated Springfield in three straight games in the opening round of the playoffs. They then topped Decatur (3-1) in four games to win the 1st of three straight Three-I League Championships.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 16, 1975

On August 16, 1975, Phil Roof (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1960) was 3-4 with a double, a HR, 2 RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Minnesota Twins 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Metropolitan Stadium.

Phil Roof hit .215 with 43 HR and 210 RBI during his 15 year MLB career playing for the Milwaukee Braves, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. Roof continued to work in baseball as a coach and minor league manager until 2005. He served as the Twins interim bullpen coach at the start of the 2011 season while Rick Stelmaszek was recovering from eye surgery.

Phil Roof was a member of the 1960 Cedar Rapids Braves team that finished in 4th place with a mark of 71-69 under manager James Brown. Roof hit .228 with 8 HR and 42 RBI in 123 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 10, 1956

On August 10, 1956, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a double, a HR and a RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Athletics 11-0.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

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