Every so often I get the honor of meeting a former Cedar Rapids alumni who happens to drop by the area to check in on the stadium and remember ballgames of the past. I was lucky enough to meet Dave Byers (1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals) this afternoon. Dave is just beginning a journey that will take him across North America traveling 12,000 miles over 56 days. He started his solo motorcycle venture in London, Ontario and Cedar Rapids is an early stop during his journey. We had great timing with a 2 p.m. game this Memorial Day against the Quad Cities River Bandits for him to enjoy before heading on. It was great to share a tour through our Hall of Fame and Cedar Rapids Baseball Timeline areas while enjoying his stories of the Cardinals organization.
Dave Byers hit .242 with 2 HR in 37 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals. Byers was a six-time all-star for the London Majors during his 18 year (1970-87) career playing in the Intercounty Baseball League, finishing with 551 hits, 317 RBI, 74 HR and 105 doubles. Dave captured the batting crown in 1977 with a .453 average. source Jeffrey Reed – The Londoner Byers number 18 was retired by the Majors.
It was great to meet and visit with Dave. We wish him safe travels. Follow Dave’s journey as he documents his trip and learn more about the charities he is working to raise awareness for at http://www.wunderlust2012.com/.