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This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 10, 1909 Charles Jaeger No-Hits Davenport. Bunnies lose 3-1

On August 10, 1909, Charlie Jaeger pitched a no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Bunnies fell 3-1 to the Davenport Pretzels. Jaeger struck out one batter while walking five. Davenport scored its three runs in part due to a pair of walks and a throwing error by Jaeger in the top of the fourth. Collis Spencer picked up the win for Davenport. Spencer had played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad earlier in the season (1905-09) and would rejoin the Cedar Rapids teams in 1914 and 1915. He went on to pitch a no-hitter for the Bunnies on August 3, 1914. Charlie Jaeger made his MLB debut on September 4, 1904 for the Detroit Tigers. Jaeger posted a 3-3 with a 2.57 E.R.A. in 8 games. He pitched 5 complete games and finished two others out of the bullpen.

The following article was published in the August 11, 1909 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Davenport Pretzels held on August 10, 1909. The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured five players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Chet Carmichael, Bill Collins, Bill Hoffer, Charlie Jaeger, and Billy Kelly). The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 31-107 record under manager Lute Broberg’s guidance. The Bunnies .225 winning percentage is the lowest in the history of Cedar Rapids professional baseball history.

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 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 – 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 – Belden Hill

Belden Hill was the fourth 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. Hill made his big league debut on August 27, 1890 at the age of 25, playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He hit .167 in 30 at bats, stole 6 bases, scored three runs and had two RBI in 9 games. Hill suffered a broken leg in 1891 and never returned to Major League baseball.

Belden Hill played 19 (1887-1905) seasons of minor league baseball playing for 16 different organizations, many in the capacity of player manager (1896-1905). Hill managed the Cedar Rapids Bunnies following his playing days from 1906-08 and then again from 1913-14. Hill only had one losing season during his Cedar Rapids tenure as a full season manager, a 59-65 mark in 1913.  His team won two championships (1897 and 1906) and rarely finished lower than third place.  Hill has the most career wins by any manager in Cedar Rapids club history with a career mark of 831-660 (.557). Belden Hill, along with Mike Sexton of Rock Island, formed the first Three-I League in 1901 to bring baseball back to Cedar Rapids after a one year layoff.  He later organized the Mississippi Valley League in 1922 and served as its president in 1926 and from 1928 to 1931.

Beldin Hill started the 1896 season as the Cedar Rapids Rabbits third baseman. The team had compiled a 19-32 record under manager Hiram Ebright, until Ebright resigned on the morning of June 28, 1896. Ebright recommended Hill as his successor and the Cedar Rapids club found its manager for 14 of its next 15 seasons.

Beldin Hill’s 1897 Rabbits club earned the Western Association title with an 84-41 record. Hill led the 1897 squad with a .327 batting average playing third base. Following that season, the Evening Gazette ran a sketch of the team and praised Hill for his baseball acumen:  “As a judge of players, Belden Hill has no superior; as a manager he is economical, careful and prudent; as a disciplinarian he cannot be excelled, ruling firmly yet with much kindness.  What “Beldy” says is law and gospel, and what a player tells him must be true or there is trouble ahead…It is needless to say that the players idolize him as their pet name, ‘Pa’ will signify.”

Beldin Hill led the Cedar Rapids Rabbits to a pair of runner-up finishes in 1898 and 1899 as the Western Association struggled mightily to complete its full season each year. Cedar Rapids was left without a baseball team in 1900 when the Western Association disbanded on June 16, 1899 and was reassembled as the Western League and Beldin Hill served as the player manager for the Des Moines Hawkeyes for the 1900 season.

Belden Hill was instrumental in forming the first Three-I League in 1901 and returned to lead the Cedar Rapids Rabbits squad to a second place finish with a 69-43 record. The 1902 squad finished third with a 63-56 mark and the 1903 squad finished 60-60 in their final season being known as the Rabbits. Hill and the renamed Cedar Rapids Bunnies rebounded for a runner-up finish in 1904 with a 70-52 record. The Bunnies posted a 63-61 mark in 1905 to place fifth in Hill’s final season playing in the field at age 40.

Belden Hill and the 1906 Bunnies earned Cedar Rapids its first Three-I league championship with a 79-43 record in Hill’s first season on the bench. The 1906 championship squad featured future big leaguers Neal Ball (turned MLB baseball’s first unassisted triple play), Russ Ford (inventor of the Emery/Scuff Ball), Rebel Oakes and Doc Crandall among others. Hill led the Bunnies to 72-61 record in 1907 and a 69-63 mark in 1908 before stepping down as the team’s manager.

Belden Hill returned to pilot the squad for their first two seasons in the Central Association in 1913 and 1914. The Bunnies finished 59-65 and 65-59 respectively in Hill’s final two seasons at the helm. Belden Hill once again stepped down at the age of 49 after the 1914 season.

Belden Hill would help organize the Mississippi Valley League and served as the league president in 1926 and between 1928-31.

Belden Hill was born August 24, 1864 in Kewanee, Illinois, and died October 22, 1934, at Cedar Rapids at age 70.  Old Hill Park, the predecessor of Veterans Memorial Stadium, was named in his honor. Belden Hill was a member of the inaugural class of the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Hi Ebright (Cedar Rapids Rabbits -1895)

Hiram Ebright (Buck) was the second 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. Ebright made his big league debut on April 24, 1889 at the age of 30, playing for the Washington Nationals one year before Cedar Rapids fielded its first squad. Ebright hit .254 with two doubles, two triples, a HR and six RBI in 16 games for the 1889 Nationals squad in his only big league season. He served as a utility player appearing in games as a catcher, shortstop and outfielder.

Hiram Ebright played six seasons in the California League appearing in games for the San Francisco Haverlys, Stockton, Oakland Colonels, San Jose Dukes and San Francisco Friscos between 1888 and 1893. Ebright then spent four seasons as a player manager in the Western League. He served as manager for the Lincoln Treeplanters for two seasons (1894-95) before spending part of  a season each as the player manager for the Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1896) and the Peoria Blackbirds (1897). Ebright split playing the 1898 season between St. Joseph Saints and the Reading Coal Heavers. He played one final season with the Sioux City Cornhuskers at age 41.

Ebright served as an umpire in the Western League, American Association, Southern League and American League. In 1902, while working as a clerk at the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, Ebright was charged with laying out and setting up the diamond at new Athletic Park. He took over as the groundskeeper in May of 1903 before leaving the position for an umpiring opportunity in the Southern League.

Hi Ebright served as the Cedar Rapids Rabbits player manager for the beginning of the 1896 season before Beldin Hill took over. The Rabbits finished in fourth place in their first season in the Western Association with a 32-47 record.

Hiram C. Ebright died on October 24, 1914 at age 57 in Milwaukee, WI. where he was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

The article above was from the June 29, 1896 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It is a feature covering Hi Ebright’s resignation mid-season as the Cedar Rapids Rabbits player manager. Ebright suggested Beldin Hill as his successor. Hill piloted the Cedar Rapids squad to league championships in 1897 and 1906.