Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Jake Drauby (1890-91 – Cedar Rapids Canaries)
Jake Drauby was the 11th player to make his Major League debut from our list of 385 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Drauby made his big league debut at age 28 on October 3, 1892, playing for the Washington Senators. He played ten games for the Senators hitting .206 with a triple and three RBI in 34 at bats in 1892. The Senators finished in tenth place with a 58-93 record under managers Billy Barney, Arthur Irwin and Danny Richardson. Drauby was the third player to play in Cedar Rapids before making his MLB debut. Hall of Famer John McGraw (1891) was the first.
Jake Drauby played for 22 different teams in 17 minor league seasons between 1886 and 1902. He made stops playing for Williamsport, the Danbury Hatters, Charleston Quakers, Sunbury, Mahanoy City, Minersville, Ashland, Hazleton Pugilists, York, Dallas Hams, Cedar Rapids Canaries, Johnstown Pirates, Harrisburg Ponies / Scranton Indians, Buffalo Bisons, Providence Grays, Reading Coal Heavers, Richmond Bluebirds, Harrisburg, Newport News Shipbuilders, Shreveport Giants, and the Newark Sailors.
1896 Providence Grays – (Jake Drauby)
Jake Drauby was a member of the 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries squad that finished with a record of 62-48 under manager James Plumb. Drauby returned in 1891 to hit .290 with 18 doubles, 6 HR and stole 8 bases for the Canaries. Cedar Rapids posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.
Jake Drauby passed away on January 1, 1916 at age 52 in Summerdale, Pennsylvania.