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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.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – George Ulrich (1896 – Cedar Rapids Rabbits)

George Ulrich was the ninth 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. Ulrich played in the major leagues before and after he played in Cedar Rapids. He made his big league debut at age 23 on May 1, 1892, playing for the Washington Senators. Ulrich played 6 games for the Senators hitting .292 with a double, scored a run and stole a base in 24 at bats in 1892. The Senators finished in tenth place with a 58-93 record under managers Billy Barney, Arthur Irwin and Danny Richardson. Ulrich played one game for the Cincinnati Reds in 1893 going 0-3 with a stolen base. He returned to the big leagues with the New York Giants at age 27 in 1896. He appeared in 14 games playing first and second base while hitting .178 with a double and a RBI in 45 at bats as the Giants posted a 64-67 record under managers Arthur Irwin and Bill Joyce.

George Ulrich played for 16 different teams in eight minor league seasons between 1892 and 1899. He made stops playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, Birmingham Grays, York White Roses, Wilkes Barre Coal Barons, Kansas City Cowboys, Omaha Omahogs, Quincy Browns, Cedar Rapids Rabbits, Paterson Silk Weavers, Syracuse Stars, Toronto Canucks, Richmond Giants, Lancaster Maroons, Reading Coal Heavers, Allentown Peanuts and the Manchester Manchesters.

1894 Kansas City Cowboys

George Ulrich was a member of the 1896 Cedar Rapids squad that finished fourth with a 32-47 record in the Western Association under managers Hiram Ebright and Belden Hill‘s guidance.

George Ulrich passed away on January 9, 1918 at age 48 and is buried at Fernwood Cemetery in Fernwood, PA.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 15, 1949 – Emlen Tunnell Breaks the Central Association’s Color Barrier

Emlen Tunnell was a member of the 1949 Cedar Rapids Rockets squad. Tunnell joined the Rockets on this date in 1949 and went 2-5 in his pro debut while breaking the Central Association’s color barrier and becoming the first African American to play minor league baseball in Iowa after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier. Tunnell played in five games over four days for Cedar Rapids gathering five hits in 18 plate appearances while playing in the outfield for the Rockets.

“After the game on June 18, 1949, Adam Pratt, the Rockets owner said “(Emlen) came to us after the game and said he was going home, his bag was already packed.  He said he hadn’t been doing as well as he should and since he would have to leave before the season was over anyway to join the (New York Giants) football club, he had decided to go.’ – from ‘EmlenTunnell, Minor League Less Than’ by Steve Smith

Tunnell played in nine pro bowls during his 14 seasons in the NFL playing safety for the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. He played two seasons for the University of Iowa’s football team (1946-47) following his service in the Coast Guard during World War 2. Most NFL teams thought he would return for a third season at Iowa, but he reached out to the Giants searching for professional opportunities. Tunnell became the first African American to play for the New York Giants. He would become the first African American to be enshrined into the Pro Football hall of Fame.

Emlen Tunnell finished his Hall of Fame NFL career with 79 interceptions for 1282 yards and 4 TD. Tunnell had 2217 yards in punt returns including 4 TD and 1215 yards in kickoff returns including 1 TD. He also passed for 50 yards and rushed for 43 during his career. At the time of his retirement in 1961, he held the NFL record with 79 career interceptions

Emlen Tunnell continued to be a part of the New York Giants team following his playing career as he became a scout and then became the first African American assistant coach in the NFL

This following article was written by Pat Harmon and was published in the June 16, 1949 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Central Association game against the Kewanee Athletics held on June 15, 1949. The 1949 Cedar Rapids Rockets featured one player who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Packy Rogers).

The Drouth is Broken: Rockets Smite Kewanee, 16-2

Schroer Gives 6 Hits; Tunnell Makes Debut

A man can take only so much. he can be pushed around only so far. After he has been kicked once too often, he will kick back, but good. The Cedar Rapids Rockets kicked back, but good, Wednesday night in Memorial stadium. The cuffed the Kewanee Athletics like a tribe of men suddenly let out of a cage. The score was 16-2, as the Rockets choked their 11-game losing streak.

Gene Schroer,  a 6-foot, 180-pound left-hander from Topeka, Kansas, pitched his first Rocket game, and Cedar Rapids would like to see more like this. He  had a way of bending his long left arm in the direction of first base and sweeping the plate with a crossfire that kept Kewanee on tenderhooks all night. It was the motion of a sort of a left handed, and minor-league Ewell Blackwell.

Schroer walked eight, but he struck out the same, and he gave six hits, all in the last four innings. While Schroer was stopping the Athletics, the Rockets were unwinding their pent up batting hopes. They collected 17 hits, including four by Lou Percy and three each by Jay Sousley and Roger Scoles. Everyone except John Tanner got a hit.

The game was also distinguished by the debut of the Central Association’s first negro player, Emlen Tunnell. The former University of Iowa half back, now property of the New York football Giants, was at bat five official times and hit two Texas Leaguers. he also whiffed twice. Playing left field for Cedar Rapids, he had no fielding chances.

Tunnell, who flew here Wednesday from his home in Garrett Hill, Pa. will be available to the Rockets until August, when he departs for the pro football training camp.

The Rockets got enough free runs in the first inning to clinch the victory. parker Swam, who had a record of three victories and two defeats prior to this game, started for the Athletics and he had everything Santa Claus ever offered except a set of whicskers. he faced seven men and walked six. By the time Bob Tweedie had succeeded him, the Rockets had accumulated three runs gratis.

Tweedie pitched the last 8 2/3 innings without rest, though rapped for 17 hits, because the Athletics only have five pitchers on this trip. The same teams were to meet again here Thursday, with Dick sawyer pitching for Kewanee and Jim Johnson for Cedar Rapids.

Foerstner Delivers

Emlen Tunnell didn’t want to come to Cedar Rapids, because of what people might think of him for leaving the University of Iowa football team. For three weeks the Rockets had been trying to get him, and he finally surrendered Wednesday. He stepped off a plane at 6 p.m. and was playing left field two hours later.

“I didn’t know if I’d be welcome if I came back to Iowa,” he explained. “Some folks out here gave me a hard time because I quit the university before my elgibility was used up. I got some letters from them last year when I was with the Giants, but they didn’t sign any names.

Tunnell had quit the football squad during the 1947 football season, rejoined it for the last two games, and then left school for good. That Tunnell was in Cedar Rapids uniform Wednesday, the first negro to play in the Central Association, was due to George Foersterner of Amana. It was Foerstner who first suggested to the Rockets through this writer, that they contact Tunnell. He had used Tunnell on the famous Amana Freezers, managed by Hal Trosky in 1947. He felt that Tunnell could help the Rockets.

The Rockets wrote Tunnell but received no answer. They asked Foersterner to phone him. Tunnell promised to come but did not show up. That was two weeks ago. Foerstner called again and this time the former Iowa halfback took the plane from Philadelphia near his home of Garrett Hill, Pa and came in.

Tunnell played left field Wednesday and said it was the first time he had played outfield this season. “I’ve been pitching and playing shortstop and third base three or four games a week back home. I’ve also been playing in a summer basketball league one night a week.”

He obtained an agreement with the Rockets that he may leave in August, whhen the pro football training starts. It was recently announced that Tunnell had signed for his second season with the New York football Giants and that he would be used on offense this season. “I hope it’s true,” he said Wednesday. “That offense is a lot easier. I played defense last year, and I’ve been hearin’ I might be the safety this year.

I want to see Dr. Eddie Anderson. i know I owe my pro football career to him. They told me at the Giants they wouldn’t have signed me unless Dr. Eddie had put on his okay. If I see him, I want to ask him about that safety position, too. I might have to learn something about it.

“I hope they use me on offense, and at right halfback in the T formation. We’ll have a better team this year. Bill, Kay, Joe Grothus and Ralph Doran from Iowa will be with us. I’ve never see Doran, but they tell me he’s good. Tunnell got two hits and struck out twice Wednesday. he looked weak a couple times reaching for wide pitches, but he may have been too tired. He traveled all day.

Transcribed from the digital archives of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 14, 1905 – John McGraw

On October 14, 1905, the New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 2-0 to win the second World Series under the guidance of Hall of Fame manager John McGraw (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891) four games to one. McGraw and the Giants had finished the regular season with a record of 105-48 and easily handled the Athletics in the best of seven series.

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.

The date of this photo is October 9, 1905 at Columbia Avenue Grounds. McGraw, on the right in the black NY Giants road uniform, is the recipient of the White Elephant. The umpire is Jack Sheridan. The Giants went on to win the World Series four games to one. All games were shutouts with Christy Mathewson throwing three of them.