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Former Cedar Rapids Cardinals manager Ron Plaza (1965-66) dies at 77

Ron Plaza, a Minor League roving instructor for the Oakland A’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 77 in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had recently suffered a series of small strokes and was being treated at a rehab nursing home. Plaza had spent over 60 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager in the Cardinals, Reds and Athletics systems.

Ron Plaza managed the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1965 and 1966. The 1965 Cardinals set a Midwest League record by winning 17 consecutive games (July3-July19). Plaza’s 1966 squad held the best record in the Midwest League at 81-40. The Cardinals fell to Fox Cities in the Midwest League Championship Series (2-1).

Ron Plaza was named Florida State League manager of the year in 1967 and worked as a base coach for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. Plaza’s minor league playing career spanned 12 seasons including six at AAA. He was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 27, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 27, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox for $150,000. Boudreau hit .267 and led the Red Sox to a 76-78 record in 1951. They improved to 84-69 in 1952 before finishing 69-85 in his final year managing the team in 1953. He later managed the Athletics and the Cubs.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 10, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 10, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) was fired by the Cleveland Indians amidst a large amount of public protest. Boudreau had compiled a .529 winning percentage as the Indians manager and led the team to the 1948 World Series championship. He went on to manage the Red Sox and Athletics.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 19, 1990 – Chris Sabo

On October 19, 1990, Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 2-4 at the plate with two HR, three RBI and a walk as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-3 in game three of the 1990 World Series.

Chris Sabo, the 1988 N.L. Rookie of the year and a three-time all-star, hit .268 with 166 HR and 426 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Sabo batted .563 with 2 HR as the Reds won the 1990 World Series.

Chris Sabo hit .274 with 12 HR in 77 games for the 1983 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished with a mark of 76-64 under manager Bruce Kimm’s guidance. The Reds fell in the opening round of the playoffs to Springfield.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 18, 1972 – Denis Menke

On October 18, 1972, Denis Menke (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958-59) went 1-2 with a walk and a sacrifice at the plate as the Cincinnati Reds topped the Oakland Athletics 1-0 in game three of the 1972 World Series. The winning run scored from second following Menke’s sacrifice hit in the seventh inning.

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 Hall of Fame in 2009.

Denis Menke played two seasons (1958-59) with the Cedar Rapids Braves, posting a combined .254 average with nine HR and 31 RBI in 102 games. As a member of the 1958 Braves, he teamed with future major leaguers Bobby Knoop, Bob Hendley and Bob ‘Hawk’ Taylor and fellow Hall of Famer Horace Garner to defeat Davenport 3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 16, 1990 – Eric Davis

On October 16, 1990, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, three RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0 in game one of the 1990 World Series. The Reds went on to sweep the series in four games.

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 – October 1, 2006 – Jeff Mathis

On October 1, 2006, Jeff Mathis (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2002) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, a double, three RBI and scored two runs as Angels fell to the Athletics 11-10.

Jeff Mathis has hit .197 with 34 HR and 164 RBI during his eight season MLB career thus far playing for the Angels and Blue Jays.

Jeff Mathis was part of the 2002 Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Mathis hit .287 with 41 doubles, 10 HR and 73 RBI in 128 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 10, 1956

On August 10, 1956, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a double, a HR and a RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Athletics 11-0.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 5, 1964

On August 5, 1964, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians -1952) went 4-4 at the plate with two doubles, a HR, three RBI and scored three runs as the Kansas City Athletics defeated the New York Yankees 10-1 at Municipal Stadium.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 25, 1959

On July 25, 1959, Bud Daley (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Kansas City Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Daley struck out seven while allowing four hits and three walks in the game.

Bud Daley was 60-64 with an ERA of 4.03 during his ten year career with the Indians, Athletics and Yankees. He tallied 25 complete games during the 1959 and 1960 seasons for the Athletics including three shutouts.

Daley was 14-9 with a 3.09 ERA for the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians. He struck out 198 batters in 227 innings of work that season as the Indians finished 53-71.