Results tagged ‘ Cedar Rapids Canaries ’

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 20, 1891 John McGraw’s Final CR Game, Canaries 6, Ottawa 1

On August 20, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries defeated Ottawa 6-1. Bill Hoffer led the Canaries to the win with nine solid innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out five batters. It was also the final game future baseball Hall of Fame member John McGraw would play as a member of the Cedar Rapids squad. McGraw was offered and accepted an opportunity to join the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association and he hit .270 with 14 RBI in 33 games during the Orioles 1891 season

McGraw compiled a career MLB batting average of .334 in 16 MLB seasons with a .466 on base percentage. He led the league in runs scored and walks in both 1898 and 1899. McGraw also led the league in on base percentage three times (1897, 1899 and 1900) including a .547 in 1899 which is the fourth highest single seasonmark in the history of baseball following only Barry Bonds (.609 in 2004 and .582 in 2002) and Ted Williams (.553 in 1941).

John McGraw began his MLB managing career in 1899 as a player manager for the Baltimore Orioles. McGraw managed 33 MLB seasons before being replaced midway through the 1932 season. He managed the Orioles for three seasons before joining the New York Giants and was a player manager through the 1906 season. McGraw’s New York Giants teams won 10 National League pennants and 3 World Series championships. He led the New York Giants to a first or second place finish in 21 of his 29 years at the helm.He won 2,784 games during his MLB managerial career which is second only to Connie Mack in baseball history.

This following article was published in the August 21, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottawa Modocs held on August 20, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 31, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 12, Joliet Giants 2

On July 31, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored 10 runs in the first four frames to quickly put the game out of reach as they defeated Joliet 12-2. Jake Drauby went 2-4 in the game with a double and scored a pair of runs. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 1-6 in the game and also scored two runs.

This following article was published in the August 1, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Joliet Giants held on July 31, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 31, 1890 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 14, Dubuque 2

On July 31, 1890, the Cedar Rapids Canaries collected 14 hits and defeated Dubuque 14-2 on the road. This following article was published in the August 1, 1890 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against Dubuque held on July 31, 1890. The 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, Frank Donnelly and Danny Friend). The 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 62-48 record under manager James Plumb.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 30, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 4, Joliet Giants 1 – 10 Innings

On July 30, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored three runs in the top of the tenth to put away the Joliet Giants 4-1. Bill Hoffer pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries. Hoffer struck out ten batters while allowing one run on ten hits and a walk. Jake Drauby led the way at the plate with a double and a home run in the contest.

This following article was published in the July 31, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Joliet Giants held on July 30, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 26, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 7, Ottumwa Coal Palaces 2

On July 26, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries scored four runs in the top of the ninth to put away the Ottumwa Coal Palaces 7-2 in game two of the day’s doubleheader. William Whitrock pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries allowing two runs on five hits. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 0-4 and scored a run in the victory. Whitrock helped himself at the plate going 2-4 and scored a run in his Cedar Rapids debut.

This following article was published in the July 27, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottumwa Coal Palaces held on July 26, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 24, 1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 5, Ottumwa Coal Palaces 2

On July 24, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries rallied with five runs in the eight inning to defeat the Ottumwa Coal Palaces 5-2. Bill Hoffer pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Canaries allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks. Hall of Famer John McGraw went 1-4 and scored a run in the victory.

This following article was published in the July 25, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottumwa Coal Palaces held on July 24, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Kid Summers (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891)

Kid Summers was the 12th player to make his Major League debut from our list of 385 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Drauby made his big league debut at age 25 on August 5, 1893, playing for the St. Louis Browns. He played two games for the Browns making two plate appearances and was hit by a pitch and scored a run. The Browns finished in tenth place with a 57-75 record under manager Bill Watkins. Summers was the fourth player to play in Cedar Rapids before making his MLB debut. Hall of Famer John McGraw (1891) was the first.

Kid Summers played for 9 different teams in 6 minor league seasons between 1890 and 1895. He made stops playing for the Harrisburg Ponies, Cedar Rapids Canaries, Oconto, Dayton, Quincy Ravens, Chattanooga Chatts, Nashville Tigers, Toledo White Stockings and the Chattanooga Warriors.

Kid Summers was a member of the 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

Kid Summers passed away after an accident at his home on October 16, 1895 at age 27 in Toronto, Ontario.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Jake Drauby (1890-91 – Cedar Rapids Canaries)

Jake Drauby was the 11th player to make his Major League debut from our list of 385 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Drauby made his big league debut at age 28 on October 3, 1892, playing for the Washington Senators. He played ten games for the Senators hitting .206 with a triple and three RBI in 34 at bats in 1892. The Senators finished in tenth place with a 58-93 record under managers Billy Barney, Arthur Irwin and Danny Richardson. Drauby was the third player to play in Cedar Rapids before making his MLB debut. Hall of Famer John McGraw (1891) was the first.

Jake Drauby played for 22 different teams in 17 minor league seasons between 1886 and 1902. He made stops playing for Williamsport, the Danbury Hatters, Charleston Quakers, Sunbury, Mahanoy City, Minersville, Ashland, Hazleton Pugilists, York, Dallas Hams, Cedar Rapids Canaries, Johnstown Pirates, Harrisburg Ponies / Scranton Indians, Buffalo Bisons, Providence Grays, Reading Coal Heavers, Richmond Bluebirds, Harrisburg, Newport News Shipbuilders, Shreveport Giants, and the Newark Sailors.

1896 Providence Grays – (Jake Drauby)

Jake Drauby was a member of the 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries squad that finished with a record of 62-48 under manager James Plumb. Drauby returned in 1891 to hit .290 with 18 doubles, 6 HR and stole 8 bases for the Canaries. Cedar Rapids posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

Jake Drauby passed away on January 1, 1916 at age 52 in Summerdale, Pennsylvania.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – John Godar (1891 – Cedar Rapids Canaries)

John Godar was the tenth player to make his Major League debut from our list of 385 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Godar made his big league debut at age 27 on July 8, 1892, playing for the Baltimore Orioles. Godar played five games for the Orioles hitting .214 with a RBI and stole a base in 14 at bats in 1892. The Orioles finished in 12th place with a 41-101 record under managers George Van Hanltren, John Waltz and Ned Hanlon. Godar was the second player to play in Cedar Rapids before making his MLB debut. Hall of Famer John McGraw was the first.

John Godar played for 13 different teams in eight minor league seasons between 1887 and 1896. He made stops playing for the St. Joseph Reds, Hot Springs Blues, Houston Babies, Galveston Giants, Galveston Sand Crabs, Dallas Tigers, Sacramento Senators, Cedar Rapids Canaries, Oakland Colonels, Quincy Ravens, Mansfield Electricians, Mobile Blackbirds and Birmingham Bluebirds.

John Godar served as the player manager for the 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries replacing James Plumb during the season. Godar hit .233 with 4 HR and stole 36 bases for the Canaries. Cedar Rapids posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents. Godar was given charge of finding a new team for his players by L.J. Wilder, president of the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids franchise.

John Godar passed away on June 23, 1949 at age 84 and is buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.

The following article appeared in the August 29, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette with additional details of the collapse of the Iowa Illinois League that left Cedar Rapids without baseball from 1892-1894. Cedar Rapids returned as a member of the Eastern Iowa League in 1895.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Bill Whitrock (Cedar Rapids Canaries -1891)

Bill Whitrock was the third player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Whitrock played in the major league both before and after playing in Cedar Rapids. He made his big league debut on May 3, 1890 at the age of 20, playing for the St. Louis Browns. Whitrock posted a 5-6 record with a 3.51 E.R.A. in 16 games that season. He struck out 39 batters in 105 innings of work.

Bill Whitrock played for the Cedar Rapids Canaries the following season in 1891. Whitlock went 5-6 with a 0.90 E.R.A. in 11 starts for the Canaries who finished 41-47 under managers James Plumb and John Godar. The Canaries’ season ended early as the Illinois-Iowa League folded as franchises continued to falter throughout the season.

Whitrock returned to the big leagues with the Louisville Colonels (1883-84), Cincinnati Reds (1884) and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896. He compiled a 9-19 record with a 5.35 E.R.A. over four big league seasons.

Bill Whitlock played nine seasons posting a 61-89 record with a 2.58 E.R.A. between 1890-1900. Whitlock played his final season with the Derby Angels in 1900. He retired there where he worked at a Main Street restaurant and at the Robert N. Bassett Company in Shelton. Whitlock passed away suddenly on July 26, 1935 at the age of 65.

The first article is from the July 23, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It talks about the Davenport club failing and the effect it had on the rest of the league. Midway through the article, the story talks of a new battery joining the club as Bill Whitlock was set to join the team shortly.

The second article is from the August 29, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It tells the story of the Illinois-Iowa League folding as a result of the Ottawa and Ottumwa organizations disbanding midseason leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents to continue its season. Cedar Rapids would not field another team until the 1895 season when they joined the Eastern Iowa League.