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This date in Kernels alumni history – December 12, 1980 – Ted Simmons (1967) was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers

Sprouting News LogoTed Simmons brewersOn December 12, 1980, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Lary Sorensen, Sixto Lezcano, David Green and Dave LaPoint to the St. Louis Cardinals to acquire Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967), Rollie Fingers and Pete Vuckovich. Fingers and Vuckovich went on to the the American League Cy Young awards in 1981 and 1982 respectively and Simmons was selected to the A.L. all-star squads in 1981 and 1983. All three were instrumental in the Brewers 1982 American League pennant winning squad which lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Ted Simmons, an eight-time All-Star hit .285 with 248 HR and 1389 RBI during his 21 year career playing for the Cardinals Brewers and Braves. Simmons retired with more career hits (2472) and more career doubles (483) than any catcher in the Hall of Fame. Simmons served as a member of the front office and field staff for the Pirates, Indians, Padres, Brewers and Mariners following his playing career. In 2012, he was a Senior Advisor to the General Manager for the Seattle Mariners.

Ted Simmons was a member of the 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished 53-67 under manager Jack Krol. Simmons hit .269 with 4 HR and 11 doubles in 47 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals.

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This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 29, 1967 – Jerry Reuss Earns 1st professional win

On July 29, 1967, the Cedar Rapids Cardinals defeated the Clinton Pilots 11-0 as Jerry Reuss earned his first professional victory with a two-hit shutout. Reuss, the Cardinals second round pick in the 1967 amateur draft (Ted Simmons was their first rounder that year), struck out 12 and walked only one batter in the opening game of a doubleheader. Raul Guerrero supplied the offense with a grand slam in the third inning and Ted Simmons went 3-4 with three RBI. The Cardinals rallied in game two with a three-run sixth inning to sweep the day’s games with a 4-2 victory. Ted Simmons was 1-3 with a RBI single in the three-run sixth.

This following article was published in the July 30, 1967 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Clinton Pilots held on July 29, 1967. The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Chlupsa, Jerry Reuss, Bob Schaefer, Ted Simmons and Jack Whillock). The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals posted a 53-67 record to finish 8th in the Midwest league under manager Jack Krol.

This date in Kernels alumni history – April 21, 1982 Jerry Reuss

On April 21st, 1982, Jerry Reuss (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) threw a one hitter in the Dodgers 6-0 win over the Astros at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, April 21, 1982. Art Howe (1st inning double) and Jose Cruz (8th inning walk) were the only Astros hitters to get on base in the game. Reuss struck out two batters in the game.

Reuss finished his MLB career with a record of 220-191 and a ERA of 3.64 over his 22 years playing for the Cardinals, Astros, Pirates, Dodgers, Reds, Angels, White Sox and Brewers.

Jerry Reuss posted a 2-5 mark with a 1.86 ERA in 9 games for the 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals. He struck out 63 batters in 58 innings of work while only allowing 19 walks. The Cardinals finished 53-67 in 8th place under manager Jack Krol.

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