This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1924 – Dutch Levsen
On September 27, 1924, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing one run to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns 12-1 at Dunn Field. Levsen struck out two batters while allowing seven hits and one walk in the victory.
On August 28, 1926, Dutch Levsen became the last player in MLB history to pitch complete game victories in both ends of a doubleheader leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win with a four hitter in game one. He followed that with a 5-1 win in game two over the Boston Red Sox once again scattering four hits throughout the game. Levsen had a career year in 1926 posting a 16-13 record with a 3.41 E.R.A.
Dutch Levsen finished his career with a 21-26 record and a 4.17 ERA during his six year career playing for the Cleveland Indians.
Dutch Levsen, a Wyoming, IA native, attended Iowa State University prior to becoming a member of the 1923 Cedar Rapids Bunnies team. Levsen went 19-4 in 25 games as the Bunnies finished 69-56 under manager Bill Speas to finish 3rd in the Mississippi Valley League.