This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 30, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 4, Joliet Giants 1 – 10 Innings
On July 30, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored three runs in the top of the tenth to put away the Joliet Giants 4-1. Bill Hoffer pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries. Hoffer struck out ten batters while allowing one run on ten hits and a walk. Jake Drauby led the way at the plate with a double and a home run in the contest.
This following article was published in the July 31, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Joliet Giants held on July 30, 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.