Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Ed Knouff (Cedar Rapids Canaries -1891)
Edward Augustine Knouff (Fred) was the first player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Knouff made his big league debut on July 1, 1885 playing for the Philadelphia Athletics 4 1/2 years before Cedar Rapids fielded its first squad. Knouff went 7-6 with a 3.65 E.R.A. in 13 starts while striking out 43 batters in 106 innings of work.
Knouff went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles (1886-87), St. Louis Browns (1887-88), and Cleveland Blues (1888) before returning to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1889. He finished his career with a 20-20 record with a 4.17 E.R.A. and 37 complete games during his five seasons in the bigs. Knouff continued to play minor league baseball until 1892 before retiring. He made stops with the Milwaukee Brewers (Western League – 1889), Lebanon Pretzel Eaters (Eastern Interstate League – 1890, Pennsylvania State League – 1892), Cedar Rapids Canaries (Illinois-Iowa League – 1891) and the Memphis Giants (Southern Association).
Ed Knouff made four starts in 1891 for the Cedar Rapids Canaries. Knouff suffered a loss in each game despite posting a 2.25 E.R.A. He struck out six batters in 16 innings of work for the Canaries who finished in fifth place in the Illinois-Iowa League with a 41-47 record under managers James Plumb and John Godar.
Ed Knouff served as a Philadelphia fireman following his baseball career. Knouff was injured while on duty when a falling beam hit him. From that day on, he never left the hospital. Numerous eminent surgeons tried to assist with the case, but none were able to help Knouff. He passed away 3 1/2 years later on September 14, 1900 at the age of 33.