Results tagged ‘ Randy Davidson (1981) ’

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 1, 1985 – Eric Davis

On October 1, 1985, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, four RBI and scored a run as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to defeat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 at Candlestick Park. Davis drove in the game winning runs with a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that drove in the tying and go ahead run.

Eric Davis hit .269 with 282 home runs, 934 RBI and stole 349 bases during his 17 year career playing for the Reds, Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants. Davis hit for the cycle on June 2, 1989 to lead the Reds to a 9-4 win over the Padres. He was the first Red to hit for cycle since Frank Robinson did it in 1959.

Eric Davis was part of the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished in 9th place with a mark of 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson. Davis hit .276 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and stole 53 bases for the Cedar Rapids Reds that season. He was enshrined into the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 30, 1988 – Paul O’Neill

On September 30, 1988, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-4 at the plate with two HR and four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-7 at Riverfront Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1997 – Eric Davis

On September 27, 1997, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 4-5 at the plate with a HR, RBI and scored a run as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 at County Stadium.

Eric Davis hit .269 with 282 home runs, 934 RBI and stole 349 bases during his 17 year career playing for the Reds, Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants. Davis hit for the cycle on June 2, 1989 to lead the Reds to a 9-4 win over the Padres. He was the first Red to hit for cycle since Frank Robinson did it in 1959.

Davis was part of the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished in 9th place with a mark of 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson. Eric Davis hit .276 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and stole 53 bases for the Cedar Rapids Reds that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 23, 1989 – Paul O’Neill

On September 23, 1989, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-5 at the plate with a double and four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 11-5 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 20, 1988 – Paul O’Neill

On September 20, 1988, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 4-4 at the plate with three RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Diego Padres 7-2 at Riverfront Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

Cedar Rapids All Star Games – All-Time Cedar Rapids MWL All Star Selections

The Cedar Rapids Kernels closed out the first half with a four game winning streak. Three Kernels were selected to attend the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game that will be held tonight at Kane County. Kaleb Cowart, Ty Kelley and Stephen Tromblee will represent the West squad and the Kernels at the event. As our other players get a few days off, I will be writing / transcribing a few All-Star stories from our past.

My fourth All-Star installment in the series is a list of every player who has been selected to represent Cedar Rapids at the summer All-Star game. I am still working on the data from 1985-87. Apologies to the Cedar Rapids Reds fans for the data gap. Some reason the Cedar Rapids Gazette archives online are unavailable between 1985 and 1988. I was able to fill some of the gaps utilizing MWLGuide.com and our older programs in the Kernels Hall of Fame Collection. If anyone has the all-star rosters from 1985-87, I would appreciate updated info. Here is my best effort up to this point. 176 Midwest League All-Star selections and counting. Jeff Jones leads the way with three appearances (1980-82). Enjoy the game tonight.

1964 Cedar Rapids Red Raiders – 4 (Link Curtis – OF, Dick Rowe – OF, Bill Stinchcomb – P, Jim Garbeff -P)

1965 – No MWL All-Star game held

1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 3 (Ted Friel – P, Sal Campisi – P, Jose Arcia – 2B)

1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 3 (Bobby Cox – OF, Jim Gruber – 2B, Chuck Schoene – P)

1968 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 5 (Bob Bonalewicz – C, Bobby Diaz – 2B, Jesse DuBose – P, Luis Melendez – OF, Bob Chulupsa – P)

1969 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – No selections

1970 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1 (Rosario Llanos – P)

1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 6 (Hector Cruz – OF, Rob Sievers – 3B, Bob Forsch – P, Felix Roque – P, Ted Hemenway – P, Bruce Thompson – P)

1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1 (Tony Velazquez – P)

1973 Cedar Rapids Astros – 3 (Fred Mims – 1B, Romualdo Blanco – P, Elano Cuen – P)

1974 Cedar Rapids Astros – 1 (Luis Sanchez – P)

1975 Cedar Rapids Giants – 1 (Brian Felda – OF)

1976 Cedar Rapids Giants – 4 (Jeff Yurak – OF, Wayne Cato – C, Steve Watson – P, Jose Barrios – OF)

1977 Cedar Rapids Giants – 2 (Mark Kuecker – SS, Steve Sherman – P)

1978 Cedar Rapids Giants – 3 (Chili Davis – OF, Craig Hedrick – OF, Pat Alexander – P)

1979 Cedar Rapids Giants – 4 (Paul Plinski – 2B, Mark benson – OF, Johnny Rabb – 3B, Phil Sutton – SS)

1980 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Jeff Jones – OF, Jose Mota – OF, Eski Viltz – SS, Frank DeJuilio – P, Mike Kripner – C, Larry Buckle – P)

1981 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Jeff Jones – OF, Ken Scarpace – OF, Ray Corbett – C, Emil Drzayich – DH, Scot Ender – P, Brad Lesley – P)

1982 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Jeff Jones – OF, Dave Hall – 3B, Freddie Toliver – P, Mark Rothey – P, Curt Heidenreich – P)

1983 Cedar Rapids Reds – 2 (Mike Knox – P, Louie Trujillo – P)

1984 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Danny LaMar – C, Kurt Stillwell – 3B, Mike Manfre – INF, Jordan Berge – OF, Tim Dodd – P, Brian Funk – P)

1985 Cedar Rapids Reds –

1986 Cedar Rapids Reds –

1987 Cedar Rapids Reds –

1988 Cedar Rapids Reds – 7 (Pete Beeler, Greg Lonigro, Bill Dodd, Jeff Forney, Butch Henry – P, Darrell Rodgers – P, Scott Scudder – P)

1989 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Jeff Branson – SS, Adam Casillas – 1B, Benn Colvard – OF, Steve Foster – P, Chris Schnurbusch – INF)

1990 Cedar Rapids Reds – 7 (Ed Taubensee – C, Mike Mulvaney – 1B, Scott Bryant – OF, Reggie Sanders – OF, Dave McAuliffe – P, Victor Garcia – P, Mo Sanford – P)

1991 Cedar Rapids Reds – 3 (Eddie Rush – SS, Larry Luebbers – P, Mark Borcherding – P)

1992 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Brian Koelling, Jon Fuller, Mike Ferry, Steve Gibralter, Kevin Riggs)

1993 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Tony Chavez, Chris Smith, Michael Wolff, Larry Hingle)

1994 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 5 (Willard Brown, Geoff Edsell, Brooks Drysdale, Tony Moeder, Derrin Doty)

1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 9 (Paul Failla, Aaron Iatarola, Greg Morris, Bengie Molina – C, John Donati, Michael Freehill, Dan Petroff, Deshawn Warren, Demond Smith)

1996 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Larry Barnes – 1B, David Davalillo, Jose Cintron)

1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1 (Rob Sasser – 3B)

1998 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Dwayne Dobson, Mark Harriger, Doug Nickle, Heath Timmerman, Adam Leggett, E.J. t’Hoen)

1999 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Jason Hill – C, Mike Christensen – 3B, Randy Duarte – P, Greg Jones – P)

2000 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2 (Sean Brummett – P, Phil Wilson – P)

2001 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Johnny Raburn – 2B, Zach Roper – INF, Joel Peralta – P)

2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 5 (Jeff Mathis – C, Steve Andrade – P, Dustin Griffith – P, Jon Rouwenhorst – P, Joe Torres – P)

2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Alberto Callaspo – 2B, Erick Aybar – SS, B.J. Weed – OF, Jared Abruzzo – C, Kevin Jepsen – P, Rich Thompson – P)

2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 8 (Matt Pali – 1B, Howard Kendrick – 2B, Matt Brown – 3B, Brandon Wood – SS, Bobby Wilson – C, Kevin Jepsen – P, Michel Simard – P, Bob Zimmerman – P)

2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Aaron Peel – OF, Freddy Sandoval – 3B, Bill Edwards – P, Rafael Rodriguez – P)

2006 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Jordan Renz – OF, Hainley Statia – SS, Nick Adenhart – P, Stephen Marek – P)

2007 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Hank Conger – C, Chris Pettit – OF, P.J. Phillips – SS, Matt Sweeney – 3B, Doug Brandt – P, Tim Schoeninger – P)

2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Efren Navarro – 1B, Michael Anton – P, Ryan Brasier – P, Trevor Reckling – P)

2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Alexi Amarista – 2B, Tyson Auer – OF, Mike Kohn – P, Manuel Flores – P, Tyler Chatwood – P, Ryan Chaffee – P)

2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 7 (Fabio Martinez – P, Garrett Richards – P, Mike Kenney – P, Tyler Skaggs – P, Mike Trout – OF, Casey Haerther – 1B, Jean Segura – 2B)


2011 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Travis Witherspoon – OF, Dakota Robinson – P, Max Russell – P)

2012 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Kaleb Cowart – 3B, Ty Kelley – P, Stephen Tromblee – P)

There have also been several Cedar Rapids Managers who have managed or coached at the Midwest League All-Star game. Here are the ones I have identified thus far.

Salty Parker (1976), Randy Davidson (1981), Jim Lett (1984), Dave Miley (1989 & 1990) each managed a Midwest League All-Star game. Rollie Hemsley (1964), Ron Plaza (1966), Roy Majtyka (1970), Bobby Dews (1971), Leo Posada (1973), Wayne Cato (1979) and Bruce Kimm (1983) all coached at the event.

Cedar Rapids All Star Games – 1981 Midwest League All Star Game

The Cedar Rapids Kernels closed out the first half with a four game winning streak. Three Kernels were selected to attend the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game that will be held on Tuesday night at Kane County. Kaleb Cowart, Ty Kelley and Stephen Tromblee will represent the West squad and the Kernels at the event. As our other players get a few days off, I will be writing / transcribing a few All-Star stories from our past.

Our second All-Star installment for today is the 1981 Midwest League All-Star game that was held on June 20, 1981. Cedar Rapids played host and brought in the San Diego Chicken as part of the evening’s entertainment. I actually worked an internship for The Famous Chicken for the better part of a summer traveling the country in his “Rock Star” bus.

The Cedar Rapids Reds were represented by 6 players on the 1981 Midwest League South All-Stars squad. Ray Corbett, Emil Drzayich, Scot Ender, Jeff Jones, Brad Lesley and Ken Scarpace each earned a roster spot and Reds manager Randy Davidson led the South squad.

The North squad built a 4-0 lead but the South squad battles back to tie the game. It was knotted up at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth when Jeff Jones came through with a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to win the game 5-4. Five of Cedar Rapids representatives played in the game. Brad Lesley was held out of action as he was promoted to AA Waterbury.

Here is the coverage from the June 21, 1981 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette written by Mark Dukes.

South Wins in bottom of 9th

If he’s looking for a more dramatic act, the San Diego Chicken might want to track down the guy who wrote the script for Saturday night’s Midwest League all-star baseball game.

The Chicken delighted an estimated crowd of 3,100 fans at Memorial Stadium until the seventh inning with a variety of skits, then went outside the main gate to oblige hundreds of autograph seekers.

But the late-inning drama was reserved for the all-stars – and the crowning touch came from Jeff Jones of the Cedar Rapids Reds. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jones lofted a long fly ball to right field that easily scored Henry Cotto of Quad City, giving the Southern Division a 5-4 win over the Northern Division.

Cotto started the inning with a double and went to third on a ground out. The North manager Bill Plummer of Wausau elected to intentionally walk Burlington’s Murphy Su’a and Carlos Ponce to load the bases.

Jones slammed the first pitch, a fastball, from Wausau’s Tom Brennan for the game-winner. “I was shocked to see them walk the bases full,” Jones said. “When they did, I knew he had to throw me strikes. I liked the chance, because I didn’t come through in the seventh.”

In the seventh with the score tied, 4-4, Jones struck out with two outs and the bases loaded. “It seems so easy one time and so hard the next,” he said. “We could have used another run last night (Friday, when the Reds lost the first half finale 3-2 to Clinton). Actually, in the ninth inning, I was still mad about The Chicken attacking my girlfriend (Lynn Garvey).”

Jones was jesting about being upset with The Chicken, who pulled Garvey atop the dugout at one point as part of his act. The Chicken, in the person of Ted Giannoulis, captured the crowd’s attention by: soliciting cheers for both teams, dancing creatively to western and rock music, having a mock argument with home plate umpire Ray Kluever, Wading through the stands to shake hands with kids, and among other things, displaying his version of the way to run the bases.

The North team, led by 10 members of first half champion Wausau, looked as if it might turn the game into a rout during the first four innings. The North scored one run in each of the first four innings, slapping 11 hits off start Scot Ender of Cedar Rapids and reliever Tom Smith of Quad City.

But over the final four innings, Clinton’s Greg Bangert and Quad City’s Jim Gerlach yielded just one hit and retired 14 of the last 16 North batters, the final seven in a row.

Cedar Rapids all-stars contributed amply to the South attack. Designated hitter Emil Drzayich singled home a run in the two-run fourth inning, center fielder Ken Scarpace cut the South deficit to 4-3 in the fifth with a RBI single, and Jones tied it in the sixth with a run scoring double. Catcher Ray Corbett also singled in three at bats.

“It was a great game for the Reds and a helluva game and a lot of fun for everyone else,” said South manager Randy Davidson of Cedar Rapids. “It’s a good thing we won in the ninth, because it was agreed the game would be called after nine innings since we were running out of pitchers.”

The North got run-scoring singles from Wausau’s Kevin King in the first, Jim Eisenreich of Wisconsin Rapids in the second and Wausau’s Enrique Diaz in the third. Harold Reynolds of Wausau tallied in the fourth on a passed ball.

Cedar Rapids star relief pitcher Brad Lesley was one of five South pitchers who did not see action. part of the reason was that Lesley has been promoted to Class AA Waterbury (Conn.) and was scheduled to leave today. he posted a 4-1 record, 12 saves and 0.80 earned run average during the first half to help the Reds tie for the championship.

Transcribed from the Digital Archives of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.