Results tagged ‘ Expos ’

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 26, 1983 – Bob Forsch

On September 26, 1983, Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1970-71) pitched his second career no-hitter defeating the Expos 3-0. Forsch struck out six batters while allowing just two base runners in the game. He had thrown his first no-hitter April 16, 1978. Forsch’s no-hitters were the only ones ever thrown at Busch Memorial Stadium. There are only three other Cedar Rapids Alumni with major league no-hitters (Allie Reynolds-2, Jerry Reuss and Ervin Santana).

Bob Forsch posted a 168-136 record and a 3.76 E.R.A. during his 16 year career playing for the Cardinals and Astros. Forsch was a member of three World Series teams including the 1982 Cardinals championship squad. He won the Silver Slugger award in 1980 and 1987. Forsch has served as the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs in the Reds minor league system from 2009-11.

Bob Forsch played for the 1970 and 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squads. The 1970 team finished with a mark of 57-64 under manager Roy Majtyka. Forsch appeared in just a single game for the 1970 Cardinals. He returned in 1971 as the Cardinals went 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews. Forsch posted a 11-7 mark with a 3.13 E.R.A. in 23 starts. He struck out 134 batters in 158 innings of work.

September 26, 1983 – Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch watched the flight of the baseball during the 7th inning of his no-hitter against the Expos. (AP file photo)

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 23, 2000 – Reggie Sanders

On September 23, 2000, Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 2-3 at the plate with a HR, a double, six RBI, a walk and scored two runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Montreal Expos 10-0.

Reggie Sanders hit .267 with 305 HR, 983 RBI and stole 304 bases during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Sanders played in three World Series (2001, 2002, and 2004). He was part of the Diamondbacks championship squad in 2001.

Reggie Sanders hit .285 with 17 HR and 63 RBI for the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad finished with a 88-46 record under manager Dave Miley. Quad Cities defeated them in the opening round of the MWL Playoffs.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 5, 1988 – Scott Terry

On September 5, 1988, Scott Terry (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1981-82) worked seven innings while allowing two earned runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Montreal Expos at Busch Stadium. Terry struck out five batters while allowing four hits and one walk.

Scott Terry posted a 24-28 mark with a 3.73 ERA and 8 saves during his six year MLB career playing for the Reds and Cardinals.

Scott Terry played in Cedar Rapids as an outfielder prior to being converted to a pitcher during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. Terry .194 with five HR and 31 RBI in 1981 as the Reds were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Quad Cities and finished 65-68 under manager Randy Davidson. He returned in 1982 to hit .254 with 12 HR and 54 RBI in 108 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds. The squad finished 61-79 under the guidance of manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 20, 1995

On July 20, 1995, Butch Henry (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1988) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Montreal Expos to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Henry struck out four while allowing seven hits and one walk in the win.

Butch Henry compiled a 33-33 record with a 3.83 ERA during his seven year MLB career playing for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. Henry was forced to retire early due to arm injuries. He served as a minor league coach in the Reds organization in 2004-05 before serving as the El Paso Diablos manager 2007-10.

Butch Henry was a member of the 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished the regular season with a 87-53 mark before going on to defeat Springfield and Kenosha on the way to the Midwest League Championship. Henry posted a 16-2 record with a 2.26 ERA in 27 starts for Cedar Rapids.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 11, 1985

On July 11, 1985, Ron Robinson (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1981) led the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Expos working 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out six batters to earn the win at Riverfront Stadium. Robinson allowed six hits and zero walks in the game.

Ron Robinson posted a 48-39 mark with a 3.63 ERA in 9 MLB seasons playing for the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ron Robinson was a member of the 1981 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished with a record of 65-68 under manager Randy Davidson. The Reds lost in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Quad City squad. Robinson went 10-8 with a 2.24 ERA in 24 starts for the Cedar Rapids Reds.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 2, 1970

On July 2, 1970, Joe Hague (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1966) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR, five RBI, a walk and scored a pair of runs in the St. Louis Cardinals 13-10 loss to the Montreal Expos.

Joe Hague hit .239 with 40 HR and 163 RBI during his six year MLB career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

Joe Hague hit .251 with 9 HR and 24 doubles in 119 games for the 1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

This date in Kernels alumni history – June 21, 1991

On June 21, 1991, Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR, three RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 win over the Montreal Expos.

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.

Cael’s Collection – Mike Vail 1980 Topps #343

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

Mike Vail 1980 Topps small.jpgThe alumni card of the day is a 1980 Topps card of Mike Vail. Vail hit .243 with 7 HR in 61 games with the 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals. The team finished in 8th place with a record of 51-77 under manager Gary Geiger.

Mike Vail hit .279 with 34 HR and 219 RBI during his ten year MLB career playing for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cael’s Collection – Mack Jones 1963 Topps #137

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The alumni card of the day is a 1963 Topps card of Mack Jones. Mack 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.

mack jones small.jpg Mack Jones tied a National League record in his MLB debut by collecting four hits (three singles and a double) in his first game. Jones has his most productive season in 1965 batting .262 with 31 HR and 75 RBI. He was part of the Braves team that set a National League record with six 20-HR hitters in a single season (Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Torre, Felipe Alou and Gene Oliver). Mack Jones was the second player selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 MLB expansion draft (4th overall).

On April 8, 1969, Jones made history again taking the field along with Don Hahn and Rusty Staub to for the 1st outfield in Montreal Expos history. hit .252 with 133 HR and 415 RBI during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Braves, Reds and Expos. On April 14, 1969, Jones hit the 1st Major League regular season HR (three run shot) in Canada adding a two-run triple in the Expos’s 1st home victory as a franchise. Jones finished 1969 with a career high .270 batting average, 22 HR and 79 RBI.

Mack Jones hit .252 with 133 HR, 415 RBI, 132 doubles, 31 triples, scored 485 runs and stole 65 bases in 1002 games during his 11 year career playing for the Braves, Reds and Expos.