This date in Kernels alumni history – July 9, 1971 – Nate Colbert (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1965)
Nate Colbert hit .243 with 173 HR and 520 RBI during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and the Oakland Athletics. Colbert was selected to the National League All-Star squads in 1971, 1972 and 1973.
Nate Colbert was part of the 1965 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad that finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-52 under manager Ron Plaza. Colbert hit .274 with 9 HR in 81 games for Cedar Rapids.