Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Kid Summers (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891)
Kid Summers was the 12th 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 25 on August 5, 1893, playing for the St. Louis Browns. He played two games for the Browns making two plate appearances and was hit by a pitch and scored a run. The Browns finished in tenth place with a 57-75 record under manager Bill Watkins. Summers was the fourth player to play in Cedar Rapids before making his MLB debut. Hall of Famer John McGraw (1891) was the first.
Kid Summers played for 9 different teams in 6 minor league seasons between 1890 and 1895. He made stops playing for the Harrisburg Ponies, Cedar Rapids Canaries, Oconto, Dayton, Quincy Ravens, Chattanooga Chatts, Nashville Tigers, Toledo White Stockings and the Chattanooga Warriors.
Kid Summers was a member of the 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries 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.
Kid Summers passed away after an accident at his home on October 16, 1895 at age 27 in Toronto, Ontario.