This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 4, 1958 – Cedar Rapids 10, Burlington 5

This full article was written by Gus Schrader and was published in the June 5, 1958 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League game against the Burlington Bees held on June 4, 1958. The 1958 Cedar Rapids Braves featured five players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Botz, Bob Hendley, Bobby Knoop, Denis Menke and Bob “Hawk” Taylor). Horace Garner, a long-time member of the Cedar Rapids baseball board of directors, also played for the 1958 squad which went on to defeat Davenport 3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship.

6 C.R. Homers Sting Bees, 10-5

Having taught Burlington something about the art of hitting home runs, Cedar Rapids will try to do some more instructing tonight at the expense of Bobby Moore, Cedar Rapids native, in the final game of the home stand.

Moore, promising young righthanded pitched in the Cubs system has a 1-1 record. He was a baseball star at Franklin high before going into pro ball 3 years ago.

Manager Alex Monchak has named his rugged southpaw hockey player, Jack Caffery (1-0) to hurl for Cedar Rapids. A Toronto native, Caffery has played center 2 years for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Cedar Rapids touched off its biggest home run explosion of the season in winning Wednesday night’s encounter, 10-5, to take a tighter grip on 2nd place in the Three-I League.

Larry Click and Horace Garner gave 1087 fans a thrill with back-to-back homers in both the 4th and 6th innings. Bill Moss and Wayne Cummings added solo swats over the center field fence to give Cedar Rapids 6 for the night.

Almost lost in the din of Cedar Rapids circuit swats were 2 Burlington homers. Little Dave Hanrahan hit his 3rd of the season in the 7th and Lee Handley powered his 10th in the 8th – both with the sacks empty.

Handley, who hit 3 homers the night before now has whacked 7 of his 10 homers in the Cedar Rapids park. And he’s earned a good start on a suit of clothes, as Louie’s gives $2 in trade for every homer hit here on both sides.

The $2 credits and pizzas fell like rain off the Cedar Rapids bats in a 17-hit deluge that swamped 3 Bee pitchers.

Click poked 3 singles in addition to his 2 homers for a perfect night, and Dick Selinger joined him with a 4-for-4, all singles. Here’s how and where the homers went that batted in 7 of Cedar Rapids 10 runs:

1. Moss led off the 2nd with his 5th of the year over the 370 foot fence in center.

2. Click homered with John Stratton aboard in the 4th, the ball disappearing over the Maresh sign at 350 in left-center, earning him $10.

3. Garner followed Click with a homer at 375 in center.

4. Cummings lofted one over the 370 mark to center with the bases empty in the 5th for his 2nd of the season.

5. Click hit a line drive over the 340 point in left with nobody aboard in the 6th. This gave him 8 for the year and it netted him a gold watch from Smulekoff’s.

6. Garner again followed Click, this time pushing the ball hard over the 350 fence in right for his 14th of the season.

Luis DeLeon weathered Burlington’s 12-hit attack to post his 6th victory against 3 losses. He walked only one batter and fanned 5.

Burlington (5)       AB   H   RBI

Gregg, CF               5       2      0

Hanrahan, SS        5       2      1

Caviness, LF          5       1       0

Voigt, 1B                 3       0      0

Handley, CF          4       1       1

Loudenback, 2B    4      0      0

Masse, C                 4       3      1

Woods, 3B             4       1       1

Anderson, P          1        0     0

Lynn, P                  1         1      1

Curtis, P                 1        0      0

Dixon                     1         1       0

Quick                     0         0      0

Totals                   38       12     5

Cedar Rapids (10)   AB   H    RBI

Stratton, SS              4       1       0

Taylor, LF                 5       0       0

Click, CF                   5        5       3

Garner, RF               5        2       2

Moss, 1B                   4        2       2

Cummings, C          4         2      2

Selinger, 3B             4         4      0

Knoop, 2B               4          1       0

DeLeon, P                3         0      0

Totals                      38       17      9

Transcribed from the digital archives of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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