This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 24, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 5, Ottumwa Coal Palaces 2
On July 24, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries rallied with five runs in the eight inning to defeat the Ottumwa Coal Palaces 5-2. Bill Hoffer pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 1-4 and scored a run in the victory.
This following article was published in the July 25, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottumwa Coal Palaces held on July 24, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). 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.