This date in Kernels alumni history – October 9, 1934 – Ernie Orsatti

On October 9, 1934, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 1-3 at the plate with a pair of walks as St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 at Navin Field in game seven of the 1934 World Series. Dizzy Dean pitched a complete game shutout to close out the series for the Cardinals.

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.

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This is one of the few pages that has any information on Cedar Rapids in the 1930’s baseball. Thanks for adding this. Any ideas how someone like me (I live in California) can find out who could research my uncle playing in 1930 for a Cedar Rapids team. I have hit the wall with only newspaper articles.

There are a few good websites to start with.
http://www.baseballreference.com has a ton of minor league stats now updated. Can search by the city they play in or use players names for quick access. Here is the page for the 1930 CR Bunnies. Wasnt sure if that was the season you were looking for or not.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=27bbd344

http://crpubliclibrary.newspaperarchive.com/ is another useful resource I use to look at old Cedar Rapids newpapers for stories about baseball history here. It is not perfect. The library has a lot of the papers at least partially available. Can search by dates or try searching by name etc. Its pretty interesting to see the old newpaper ads etc while looking for the sports news. There is a gap between 1922 and 1948 though i believe. I havent been able to dig too deep yet.

Thanks – I have actually tried all of those websites. Then I found your article which is one of the few that actually goes more in detail about Cedar Rapids. Since he was what was considered a ‘professional’ player – he is not listed on baseballreference.com and is also not listed on the team for the CR bunnies. He was a pitcher in Oelwein in 1928 and 1929 and is in their papers pitching for the Chicago Great Western Railroad team in that town. Then in 1930 he shows up in Cleveland, Ohio and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Why I was asking for your help, is that I am at a dead end. I know through the papers:
1930 May 16 – The Burlington Hawk Eye == “Godbout pitched for Cedar Rapids and lost 2 to 1 to the Davenport Blue Sox in Davenport Iowa”
I thought maybe you might have ideas of how I could get more information on this and possibly other games and possibly what team it was he was pitching for. Just called Cedar Rapids – no team name to identify it. Thank you!

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 9, 1934 – Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925)

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