This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 10, 1909 Charles Jaeger No-Hits Davenport. Bunnies lose 3-1
On August 10, 1909, Charlie Jaeger pitched a no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Bunnies fell 3-1 to the Davenport Pretzels. Jaeger struck out one batter while walking five. Davenport scored its three runs in part due to a pair of walks and a throwing error by Jaeger in the top of the fourth. Collis Spencer picked up the win for Davenport. Spencer had played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad earlier in the season (1905-09) and would rejoin the Cedar Rapids teams in 1914 and 1915. He went on to pitch a no-hitter for the Bunnies on August 3, 1914. Charlie Jaeger made his MLB debut on September 4, 1904 for the Detroit Tigers. Jaeger posted a 3-3 with a 2.57 E.R.A. in 8 games. He pitched 5 complete games and finished two others out of the bullpen.
The following article was published in the August 11, 1909 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Davenport Pretzels held on August 10, 1909. The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured five players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Chet Carmichael, Bill Collins, Bill Hoffer, Charlie Jaeger, and Billy Kelly). The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 31-107 record under manager Lute Broberg’s guidance. The Bunnies .225 winning percentage is the lowest in the history of Cedar Rapids professional baseball history.