This date in Kernels alumni history – September 18, 1954 – Ray Narleski
On September 18, 1954, Ray Narleski (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1950) worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the 12th save of his rookie season as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-2 at Briggs Stadium. Narleski struck out two batters while allowing one hit.
Ray Narleski posted a 43-33 mark with a 3.60 ERA during his six year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The two-time all-star led the American League with 19 saves and 60 appearance in 1955 while recording a 9-1 mark. Narleski finished his career with 58 saves and 17 complete games.
Ray Narleski was a member of the 1950 Cedar Rapids Indians squad that posted a 59-67 record under manager Billy Jurges. Narleski was 9-5 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 games playing in Cedar Rapids.