This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1966 – Denis Menke (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958-59)

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On September 21, 1966, Denis Menke (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958-59) went 2-3 at the plate with two HR and four RBI to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Denis Menke was named to two All-Star teams in 1969 and 1970 as member of the Houston Astros. He played in the post season twice in 1972 and 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds and hit a home run off Oakland’s Catfish Hunter in Game 5 of the 1972 World Series. In 13 major league seasons with the Braves, Reds and Astros, he has a career .250 average with 101 HR and 606 RBI. Following his playing career, he managed three minor league seasons with the Burlington Bees in 1977 and the Dunedin Blue Jays in 1978-79 and served as the Astros’ hitting coach for six seasons. Menke was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball…

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