Results tagged ‘ Braves ’

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 1, 1947 – Ray Poat

On September 1, 1947, Ray Poat (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1941) struck out four while pitching a complete game to lead the New York Giants to a 12-2 win over the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds. Poat worked around 11 hits and did not walk a batter in the contest.

Ray Poat tallied a 22-30 record and a 4.55 ERA during his six season MLB career playing for the Indians, Giants and Pirates.

Poat was part of the 1940 and 1941 Cedar Rapids Raiders teams. The 1940 Raiders squad finished 74-51 under manager Ollie Marquardt. Cedar Rapids defeated Springfield (3-0) in the opening round of the Three I League playoffs and then topped Decatur (3-1) to win the Three-I League championship. Ray Poat posted a 12-8 record and a 4.88 ERA in 1940.

The 1941 Raiders finished 72-49 under manager Ollie Marquardt. Cedar Rapids defeated Springfield (3-1) in the opening round of the playoffs and then topped Decater (3-2) in a five game series for the Three-I League Championship. Ray Poat went 17-6 with a 2.90 ERA in 1941.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 27, 1966

On August 27, 1966, Dick Kelley (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959, 1961) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 win over the New York Mets. Kelley struck out six batters while allowing two hits and two walks.

Dick Kelley posted a 18-30 mark with a 3.39 ERA during his seven year MLB career playing for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres.

Dick Kelley was a member of the 1959 and 1961 Cedar Rapids Braves teams. In 1959, Kelley went 0-0 with a 7.00 ERA in 4 games as the Braves finished 53-73 under manager Alex Monchak. In 1961, Kelley posted a record of 15-5 with a 2.42 ERA in 24 starts as the team finished in 2nd place with a mark of 73-57 under manager James Brown.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 24, 1959

On August 24, 1959, Bob Anderson (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1954) led the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Braves pitching a complete game shutout. Anderson struck out five batters while allowing six hits and one walk.

Bob Anderson posted a 36-46 record with 13 saves and a 4.26 ERA during his 7 year career playing for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers.

Bob Anderson was a member of the 1954 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished in 6th place with a record of 63-72 under manager Bill Prince. Anderson was 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 40 innings of work for the Raiders.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 22, 1948

On August 22, 1948, Clint Conatser (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1941) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR and two RBI as the Boston Braves defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 at Ebbets Field.

Clint “Connie” Conatser hit .271 with 6 HR and 39 RBi during his 2 year MLB career playing for the Boston Braves. He had 1 RBI during the 1948 World Series as the Boston Braves fell to the Cleveland Indians in six games.

Clint Conatser was a member of the 1941 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 72-49 under manager Ollie Marquardt. The ’41 Raiders defeated Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs and then topped Decatur in a five game series for the Three-I League Championship. Conatser went 1-4 playing in a single game for Cedar Rapids squad. He then entered the service following the season and was in active duty between 1942-1945.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 17, 1954

On August 17, 1954, Joe Frazier (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and came through with a three-run HR to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium.

Joe Frazier hit .241 with 10 HR and 45 RBI during his 4 year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles. Frazier worked as a manager in the Astros and Mets organizations following his playing days. He took the helm for the New York Mets in 1976 and led them to a third place finish with a 86-76 record. Frazier was replaced by Joe Torre (Torre’s first managing gig) 45 games into the 1977 season after a slow start.

Joe Frazier 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. Frazier hit .315 with 8 HR and 36 doubles in 116 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 8, 1966

On August 8, 1966, Mack Jones (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, a HR, three RBI and scored three runs as the Atlanta Braves topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-9.

Mack Jones hit .252 with 133 HR and 415 RBI during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Braves, Reds and Expos.

Jones hit .291 with 15 HR and 19 doubles for the 1959 Cedar Rapids Braves team that posted a mark of 53-73 under manager Alex Monchak.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 1, 1972

On August 1, 1972, Nate Colbert (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1965) went 3-4 at the plate with 3 HR, 8 RBI a walk and scored four runs as the San Diego Padres defeated the Atlanta Braves 11-7.

Nate Colbert hit .243 with 173 HR and 520 RBI during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and the Oakland Athletics. Colbert was selected to the N.L. All-Star squads in 1971, 1972 and 1973.

Nate Colbert was part of the 1965 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad that finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-52 under manager Ron Plaza. Colbert hit .274 with 9 HR in 81 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 26, 1993

On July 26, 1993, Freddie Benavides (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987-88) went 2-4 with a double, a HR, a RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Colorado Rockies 12-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Freddie Benavides hit .253 with 4 HR and 52 RBI during his four year MLB career playing for the Reds, Rockies and Expos.

Freddie Benavides was a member of the 1987 and 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds teams. The team finished 1987 with a 70-70 mark in 1987. In 1988, Cedar Rapids finished the regular season with a 87-53 record before defeating Springfield and Kenosha en route to the Midwest League Championship. Benavides hit .133 in five games in 1987 before returning in 1988 to hit .223 with 1 HR in 88 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 16, 1964

On July 16, 1964, Hank Fischer (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959-60) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Milwaukee Braves to a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Fischer struck out 3 while allowing 4 hits and 3 walks in the game. He also went 1-4 at the plate with a double and 2 RBI.

Hank Fischer compiled a mark of 30-39 and a 4.23 ERA during his six year MLB career playing for the Braves, Reds and Red Sox.

Hank Fischer was a member of the 1959 and 1960 Cedar Rapids Braves teams. In 1959, Fischer went 0-3 with a 7.39 ERA in 7 games as the Braves finished 53-73 under manager Alex Monchak. The Braves and Fischer rebounded in 1960. Fischer posted a 15-7 mark with a 2.01 ERA as the Braves finished in 4th place with a record of 71-69 under manager James Brown.

MLB All-Star Ron Hunt (1960-61) returns to Perfect Game Field tonight

Major League All-Star Ron Hunt (1960-61) is returning to Perfect Game Field tonight along with his fellow Cedar Rapids Braves teammates Larry Huebner (1959-61), Barry Morgan (1961) and Paul Snyder (1959, 1961).  They are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1961 season here in Cedar Rapids when the team finished 2nd with a 73-57 record under manager Jimmy Brown. The Cedar Rapids Braves alumni will be involved in pregame festivities and will be signing autographs on the concourse during the game.

Ron Hunt played here in Cedar Rapids in 1960 and 1961. Hunt hit .191 with 3 HR and 33 RBI in 1960 as the Braves finished 71-69 under manager Jimmy Brown. He returned in 1961 and had a great season batting .295 with 16 HR and 25 doubles in 121 games.

Ron Hunt went on to a 12 year MLB career playing for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Expos and Cardinals. He finished 2nd to Pete Rose in the National League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .272 with 10 HR 42 RBI for the Mets in 1963. He led the Mets in hits (145), Batting average, doubles (28), and runs scored (48) playing for Casey Stengal.

Hunt hit the first extra base hit and score the first Mets run at Shea Stadium when it opened. He was the first Mets player to be selected to the All-Star game when he hit .303 with 6 HR and 42 RBI in 1964. The honor was even more special as the game was the only All-Star game to be played in front of the home town Mets fans at Shea Stadium. He was also selected to the 1966 National League All-Star squad.

Ron Hunt was well known for being hit by pitches. He held numerous records for the stat when he retired after the 1974 season. He was also known for being very difficult to strike out. Hunt only struck out 382 times in 6158 plate appearances. He walked 555 times and was hit by a pitch 243 times for comparison. He led the league sevenstraight years in HBP from 1968-1974.

Paul Snyder (1959, 1961) spent 50 years working in the Braves system on and off the field. He hit .362 with 1 HR and 2 doubles in 15 games in 1959. He returned to hit .310 with 14 HR and 19 doubles in 126 games for the Cedar Rapids Braves in 1961. Snyder posted a .318 batting average, 60 HR and 102 doubles during his 7 year minor league career.

Snyder managed the Greenville Braves in 1963, the Sarasota Braves in 1964 and 1966, the Binghamton Triplets in 1965, the Magic Valley Cowboys in 1970 and the Greenwood Braves in 1972. In 1973, Snyder joined the Braves front office as the assistant minor league administrator prior to taking the reins of the Braves player development system in 1977.

Snyder’s efforts as the Braves’ scouting director (1981-90, 1999-2000), assistant to the General Manager (1991-95, 2001-06), and director of player development (1977-1980, 1996-98) played an integral role as the Braves dominated the National League in the early 1990’s and won the World Series in 1995. He retired following the 2007 season. Baseball America named him one of the top 25 people in baseball in the publications 25th Anniversary issue in 2006.

Larry Huebner (1959-61) played three season in Cedar Rapids starting in 1959. Huebner saw limited action in both 1959 and 1960. He returned in 1961 to post a 12-5 record and a 3.50 ERA starting 24 games for the Cedar Rapids Braves. Huebner finished his 5 year minor league career with a 46-27 record and a 3.88 ERA reaching as high as the AAA level playing for Oklahoma City.

Barry Morgan (1961) hit .289 with 23 HR and 20 doubles in 130 games for the 1961 Cedar Rapids Braves. Morgan hit .267 with 165 HR during his 12 season minor league playing career reaching as high as AAA playing for the Toledo Mud Hens in 1969 and 1970.