This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 26, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 7, Ottumwa Coal Palaces 2
On July 26, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored four runs in the top of the ninth to put away the Ottumwa Coal Palaces 7-2 in game two of the day’s doubleheader. William Whitrock pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries allowing two runs on five hits. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 0-4 and scored a run in the victory. Whitrock helped himself at the plate going 2-4 and scored a run in his Cedar Rapids debut.
This following article was published in the July 27, 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 26, 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.