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This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 1920 – Fred Hofmann

On September 29, 1920, Fred Hofmann (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1915-16) went 3-5 at the plate and scored a run as the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 9-4 at Shibe Park.

Fred Hoffman and 1923 New York Yankees defeated Hall of Famer John McGraw (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891) and the New York Giants in six games to claim the first of the Yankees 27 World Series Championships. Hofmann made two plate appearances going 0-1 with a walk in two World Series games.

Fred Hofmann hit .247 with 7 HR and 93 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Fred Hofmann was a member of the 1915 and the 1916 Cedar Rapids Bunnies teams. In 1915, the Bunnies finished in 4th place with a 54-47 mark under manager Jack Herbert. In 1916, Cedar Rapids finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-54 in the Central Association under manager Frank Boyle’s guidance. Hofmann hit .165 in 82 games in 1915 and hit .189 in 52 games during the 1916 season splitting time between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

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 – August 15, 1907 Bunnies win 2-1 in 18 Innings, Monty Pfyl makes CR debut

On August 15, 1907, The Cedar Rapids Bunnies defeated the Peoria Distillers 2-1 in 18 innings. Zorah Clevinger opened the bottom of the 18th with a single. he moved to second on a sacrifice by Patsy O’Conner. Ben Davis drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field. It was the longest game ever played at Athletic Park up to that point. Each team’s starting pitcher went the distance. Malicot struck out seven while walking four and allowing 11 Peoria hits to earn the win for Cedar Rapids. Paul Moore, who had played for Cedar Rapids in 1903 and 1904, took the loss for Peoria. He struck out 10 batters while allowing six walks and three hits. Ivan Howard hit a RBI double in the sixth inning to drive in the Bunnies first run in the game scoring Ben Davis who had broke up Moore’s no-hitter earlier in the inning.

The game also marked the Cedar Rapids debut of Monty Pfyl. Pfyl had made his MLB debut earlier in the season on July 30 for John McGraw (1891) and the New York Giants. Monty Pfyl is Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball’s version of Moonlight Graham from the movie Field of Dreams. Pfyl laid down a sacrifice bunt in his only MLB plate appearance and never had the chance to face major league pitching again. He was sent to Springfield in the Three-I League and then was traded to Cedar Rapids along with Bill Fox in exchange for Rusty Owens. Pfyl went on to play five more seasons on minor league ball playing for the Altoona Mountaineers – Tri State League (1908), Baltimore Orioles – Eastern League (1908), Stockton Millers – California League (1909), Oakland Oaks – Pacific Coast League (1910-11), and the Jersey City Skeeters – International League (1914).

The article talks a bit about the umpire and press becoming impatient due to the length of the game. It was completed in 2 hours and 45 minutes which would be considered a fairly short game by today’s standards.

The following article was published in the August 16, 1907 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the  held on August 15, 1907. The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Doc Crandall, Ivan Howard, Rebel Oakes, Monty Pfyl, Roy Radebaugh, Al Shaw and Mike Simon). The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies finished fifth in the Three-I League with a record of 72-61 under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance.

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 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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 12, 1923 – John McGraw

On November 12, 1923, John McGraw traded Casey Stengal, Bill Cunningham and Dave Bancroft from the New York Giants to the Boston Braves in exchange for Joe Oeschger and Bill Southworth. Bancroft, McGraw, Southworth and Stengal were all inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. All four managed after or during their career and only Bancroft failed to lead the teams they managed to a World Series championship.

John McGraw won ten National League pennants and three World Series titles during his 33 year career playing and managing the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Giants. McGraw finished with a 2763-1948 managerial record. He hit .334 with 13 HR and 463 RBI during his 16 year playing career for the Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants. He led the league in walks and runs scored in 1898 and 1899. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

John McGraw hit .276 in 85 games as the regular shortstop of the 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries team that finished 41-47 under managers James Plumb and John Godar.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 25, 1911 – Doc Crandall

On October 25, 1911, Doc Crandall (Cedar Rapids Bunnies– 1906-07) entered game five of the 1911 World Series as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh as the New York Giants trailed the Philadelphia Athletics 3-1. Crandall walked but was stranded on base as the next batter grounded out.

Crandall remained in the game and took the mound in the top of the eighth. He worked around a single in the eighth and an error in the top of the ninth without allowing a run to keep the Giants within striking distance. Crandall came to bat in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third and two outs. He doubled to center off of Jack Coombs to drive in a run to close the gap to 3-2. Crandall then scored on a single by Josh Devore to tie the game, 3-3 and sent the game into extra innings. He worked around a single in the 10th inning and the Giants tallied a run in the bottom of the tenth to give Crandall the win. The Giants would lose game six and the series to the Athletics the next day. Crandall appeared in three straight World Series (1911-13), but never won a championship.

1911 New york Giants

Doc Crandall finished his career with a 102-62 record with 25 saves and a 2.92 E.R.A while playing for the New York Giants, St. Louis Terriers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Braves. He was considered to be among the best relief specialists of the Deadball era. He led the National League in appearances each season between 1909 and 1913.  Crandall hit .285 with 9 HR and 126 RBI filling in around the infield during his 10 season MLB career. He played for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League from 1917-1926 where he posted a 224-147 record with a 2.92 E.R.A while winning 20 games in a season four times.

Doc Crandall played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squads in 1906 and 1907. Crandall went 8-3 with a 3.60 E.R.A. and hit .242 in 11 games in 1906 as the Cedar Rapids Bunnies won the Three-I League Championship with a 79-43 record. He returned in 1907 and posted a 6-7 record with a 2.73 E.R.A. and hit .238 in 17 games as the Bunnies finished in fifth place with a 72-61 mark under Beldin Hill. Former Cedar Rapids Canary John McGraw (1891) selected Crandall in the 1907 draft.

1911 World Series Program