This date in Kernels alumni history – November 18, 1954 – Lou Boudreau
On November 18, 1954, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) was hired by the Kansas City Athletics to be their manager for the 1955 season, their first since the move from Philadelphia. The Athletics compiled a 151-260 record under Boudreau from 1955-57.
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.