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This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 3, 1914 – C.M. Spencer No-Hits Keokuk. Bunnies win 10-0

On August 3, 1914, C.M. (Collis Mitchell) Spencer pitched a complete game no-hitter to lead the Cedar Rapids Bunnies to a 10-0 win over the Keokuk Indians.  Spencer struck out one and walked three batters. Charles Curtis hit a three-run homer in the fourth and the Bunnies never looked back adding three additional runs in the 8th and four runs in the top of 9th inning to put the game away. This was the second Cedar Rapids no-hitter Spencer played a part in. Charlie Jaeger (1909) pitched a no-hitter for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies on August 10, 1909 but lost the game to Spencer and the Davenport Pretzels 3-1.

This following article was published in the August 4, 1914 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Central Association contest against the Keokuk Indians held on August 3, 1914. The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bill Harper, Roy Radebaugh and Bill Wambsganss). The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 65-59 record under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance. Bill Wambsganss went to to become the only player in major league history to turn an unassisted triple play during the World Series.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 10, 1920 – Bill Wambsganss

On October 10, 1920, Bill Wambsganss (Cedar Rapids Bunnies 1913-14) turned the only unassisted triple play in World Series history as the Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins 8-1 at Dunn Field. It was the second unassisted triple play in major league baseball history and there have only been 15 seen in MLB history. Wambsganss went 1-5 at the plate and scored a run in the win.

The first unassisted triple play also has a Cedar Rapids connection. Neal Ball (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1904) turned the first recorded MLB triple play on July 19, 1909 and added a home run in the same inning to lead the Cleveland Naps to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Cleveland Naps shortstop Neal Ball (second from left) poses with (from left) Amby McConnell, Heinie Wagner and Jack Stahl of Boston after Ball made big-league baseball’s first unassisted triple play on July 19, 1909.

Bill Wambsganss hit .259 with 7 HR and 520 RBI during his 13-year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.

Bill Wambsganss hit .234 in 67 games for the 1913 Cedar Rapids Bunnies and then hit .317 in 84 games for the 1914 Bunnies squad managed by Belden Hill. the team finished 59-65 in 1913 and then posted a 65-59 mark in 1914 in the Central Association.

Bill Wambsganss’s World Series Triple Play

This date in Kernels alumni history – June 1, 1923

On June 1, 1923, Bill Wambsganss (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1914) went 2-4 with a pair of doubles, five RBI and walked twice as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 17-4 at Navin Field.

Bill Wambsganss hit .259 with 7 HR and 520 RBI during his 13-year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and philadelphia Athletics. Wambsganss was part of the Cleveland Indians 1920 World Series Championship team. During Game 5 on October 10, 1920, Wambsganss turned the only unassisted triple play in World Series history as the Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins 8-1 at Dunn Field.

Bill Wambsganss hit .234 in 67 games for the 1913 Cedar Rapids Bunnies and then hit .317 in 84 games for the 1914 Bunnies squad managed by Belden Hill. the team finished 59-65 in 1913 and then posted a 65-59 mark in 1914 in the Central Association.

Bill Wambsganss World Series Triple Play