On August 7, 1957, Deane Mink pitched the first no-hitter at Veterans Memorial Stadium to lead the Cedar Rapids Raiders to a 2-0 win over the Keokuk Kernels. Mink struck out eight batters and walked one batter in seven innings of work in game one of the day’s doubleheader. Hal Holderfield made a great catch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the no hitter and Mink was mobbed at the mound by celebrating teammates. Holderfield also factored into both of the Raiders’ runs in the victory. He hit a RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and scored a run on Jim Koranda‘s sac fly. Deane Mink posted a 8-12 record with a 4.56 E.R.A. in 23 games with the Raiders in 1957.
This following article was written by Gus Schrader and published in the August 8, 1957 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Keokuk Kernels held on August 7, 1957. The 1957 Cedar Rapids Raiders, a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate, featured three players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Tim Harkness, Rod Miller and Jack Smith). The 1957 Cedar Rapids Raiders posted a 49-79 record under manager Danny Ozark’s guidance. Ozark went on to manage in the majors with the Phillies and Giants.