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This date in Kernels alumni history – September 30, 1988 – Paul O’Neill

On September 30, 1988, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-4 at the plate with two HR and four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-7 at Riverfront Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 1920 – Fred Hofmann

On September 29, 1920, Fred Hofmann (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1915-16) went 3-5 at the plate and scored a run as the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 9-4 at Shibe Park.

Fred Hoffman and 1923 New York Yankees defeated Hall of Famer John McGraw (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891) and the New York Giants in six games to claim the first of the Yankees 27 World Series Championships. Hofmann made two plate appearances going 0-1 with a walk in two World Series games.

Fred Hofmann hit .247 with 7 HR and 93 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Fred Hofmann was a member of the 1915 and the 1916 Cedar Rapids Bunnies teams. In 1915, the Bunnies finished in 4th place with a 54-47 mark under manager Jack Herbert. In 1916, Cedar Rapids finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-54 in the Central Association under manager Frank Boyle’s guidance. Hofmann hit .165 in 82 games in 1915 and hit .189 in 52 games during the 1916 season splitting time between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 1929 – Ernie Orsatti

On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, a RBI and scored two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 at Sportsman’s Park.

Ernie Orsatti hit .306 with 10 HR and 237 RBI during his 9 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in four World Series (1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934) batting .273 in 13 post season games as the Cardinals won the Championship in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics and defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.

Ernie Orsatti & the St. Louis Cardinals receive their 1931 World Series rings from Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Ernie Orsatti hit .347 with 6 HR for the 1925 Cedar Rapids Bunnies. The Bunnies won the Mississippi Valley League Championship with a record of 74-51 under manager Bill Speas.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 28, 2009 – Ervin Santana

On September 28, 2009, Ervin Santana (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Angels to a 11-0 victory over the Texas Rangers at Angels Stadium. Santana struck out two while allowing seven hits and one walk to earn the win.

Ervin Santana has posted a 96-79 record and a 4.30 E.R.A. during his eight year career thus far playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Santana was selected to the 2008 American League All-Star team and pitched a no-hitter on July 27, 2011.

Ervin Santana was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Santana posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 E.R.A. in 27 starts as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs. He struck out 146 batters in 147 innings of work in 2002.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 28, 1951 – Cliff Mapes

On September 28, 1951, Cliff Mapes (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs in the St. Louis Browns 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Sportsman’s Park.

Cliff Mapes hit .242 with 38 HR and 172 RBI during his five year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. Mapes earned two rings playing for the 1949 and 1950 World Series Champion New York Yankees squads.

Cliff Mapes was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Mapes hit .241 with 11 HR and 16 doubles in 110 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1997 – Eric Davis

On September 27, 1997, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 4-5 at the plate with a HR, RBI and scored a run as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 at County Stadium.

Eric Davis hit .269 with 282 home runs, 934 RBI and stole 349 bases during his 17 year career playing for the Reds, Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants. Davis hit for the cycle on June 2, 1989 to lead the Reds to a 9-4 win over the Padres. He was the first Red to hit for cycle since Frank Robinson did it in 1959.

Davis was part of the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished in 9th place with a mark of 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson. Eric Davis hit .276 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and stole 53 bases for the Cedar Rapids Reds that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1946 – Pat Seerey

On September 27, 1946, Pat Seerey (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR and 4 RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-8 at Briggs Stadium.

Pat Seerey is one of only 16 major league players to hit four home runs in a game (July 18, 1948). Seerey went 4-6 at the plate with 4 HR, 7 RBI and a walk as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 12-11. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) is also among the 16 players to accomplish the feat.

Pat Seerey hit .224 with 86 HR and 261 RBI during his seven year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

Pat Seerey was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 26, 1925 – Dutch Levsen

On September 26, 1925, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing two runs to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 7-2 at Shibe Park. Levsen struck out three batters while allowing 11 hits and six walks in the victory.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 25, 1929 – Ernie Orsatti

On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 3-4 at the plate with three RBI and scored a pair of runs as St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 at Sportman’s Park.

Ernie Orsatti hit .306 with 10 HR and 237 RBI during his 9 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in four World Series (1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934) batting .273 in 13 post season games as the Cardinals won the Championship in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics and defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.

Ernie Orsatti hit .347 with 6 HR for the 1925 Cedar Rapids Bunnies. The Bunnies won the Mississippi Valley League Championship with a record of 74-51 under manager Bill Speas.