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Mike Trout (2009-10) runner-up MVP finish is the highest Cedar Rapids alumni placement since 1952

Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in 2012 to the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera. The runner-up finished was the highest placement since Allie Reynolds (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1940-41) finished second to Bobby Shantz in 1952. Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) is our only alumni to win a MVP award (1948 – American League). This is the 28th time a former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alum has finished in the top 10 of MVP voting in baseball history. It is the 84th time one of our alumni has received MVP votes. There have been 33 different players who played in Cedar Rapids that have received MVP votes.

Russ Ford (Cedar Rapids Rabbits – 1905-06) was the first to receive MVP votes finishing 18th in the American League in 1911 as a member of the New York Yankees. Emil Yde (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1921) was our first National League MVP vote recipiant finishing 21st in 1924 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) was the first player to appear in the MVP voting in multiple seasons appearing on the ballot four times (1934 – 7th, 1936 – 10th, 1938 – 13th, and 1939 – 30th) all in the American League. Lou Boudreau received MVP a Cedar Rapids record 10 times receiving votes every year between 1940 and 1949 including the first place finish in 1948 when the Cleveland Indians won the World Series.

Seven of our alumni have appeared on MVP ballots five times or more. Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) received votes seven times, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) and Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) each received votes six different times. Allie Reynolds, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) and Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1991) each received votes in five different seasons.

Allie Reynolds and Lou Boudreau are our only alumni to finish in the top three twice. Boudreau finished third in 1947 before winning the award in 1948. Reynolds finished third in 1952 and second in 1952.

There have been multiple Cedar Rapids alumni vote recipients in the same year 19 times.  We have had four different players in the final ranking twice, 1965 and 1990. In 1965, Rocky Colavito finished fifth and Bobby Knoop (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) placed 24th in the American League, while John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) finished 26th and Tony Cloninger (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959) placed 28th in the National League. The mark was equaled in 1990 as the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series and three of the four Cedar Rapids alumni MVP vote recipients represented the same team for the only time in our history. Eric Davis placed 12th, Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) was 13th and Paul O’Neill finished 19th. Kal Daniels (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) finished 27th representing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There are two of our alumni who have earned MVP votes for three separate teams. Rocky Colavito represented the Indians in 1958, 1959 and 1965. Colavito twice received votes as a Tiger in 1961 and 1962 and represented the Kansas City Athletics in 1964. Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1960-61) earned votes as a member of the Mets – 1964, Giants – 1969 and Montreal Expos – 1973.

Mike Trout was the first member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels teams to receive votes since John Lackey (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2000) finished in 17th place in the American League in 2007. Trout and Lackey are the only players from the Kernels most recent affiliation to receive MVP votes.

Here is the full list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have received MVP votes to the best of my knowledge:

Russ Ford – New York Yankees – 18th AL 1911

Bill Wambsganss – Cleveland Indians – 21st AL 1922

Emil Yde – Pittsburgh Pirates – 21st NL 1924

Ernie Orsatti – St. Louis Cardinals – 13th NL 1932

Hal Trosky – Cleveland Indians – 7th AL 1934

Hal Trosky – Cleveland Indians – 10th AL 1936

Hal Trosky – Cleveland Indians – 13th AL 1938

Hal Trosky – Cleveland Indians – 30th AL 1939

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 5th AL 1940

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 17th AL 1941

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 10th AL 1942

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 10th AL 1943

Roger Wolff – Philadelphia Athletics – 25th AL 1943

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 6th AL 1944

Roger Wolff – Washington Senators – 7th AL 1945

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 8th AL 1945

George Binks – Washington Senators – 21st AL 1945

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 10th AL 1946

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 3rd AL 1947

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 1st AL 1948

Lou Boudreau – Cleveland Indians – 14th AL 1949

Allie Reynolds – New York Yankees – 26th AL 1949

Allie Reynolds – New York Yankees – 3rd AL 1951

Allie Reynolds – New York Yankees – 2nd AL 1952

Allie Reynolds – New York Yankees – 12th AL 1953

Ray Narleski – Cleveland Indians – 6th AL 1955

Rocky Colavito – Cleveland Indians – 3rd AL 1958

Rocky Colavito – Cleveland Indians – 4th AL 1959

Bud Daley – Kansas City Athletics – 22nd AL 1959

Bud Daley – Kansas City Athletics – 24th AL 1960

Rocky Colavito – Detroit Tigers – 8th AL 1961

John Roseboro – Los Angeles Dodgers – 19th NL 1961

Rocky Colavito – Detroit Tigers – 16th AL 1962

Rocky Colavito – Kansas City Athletics – 23rd AL 1964

Ron Hunt – New York Mets – 25th NL 1964

Rocky Colavito – Cleveland Indians – 5th AL 1965

Bobby Knoop – California Angels – 24th AL 1965

John Roseboro – Los Angeles Dodgers – 26th NL 1965

Tony Cloninger – Milwaukee Braves – 28th NL 1965

Bobby Knoop – California Angels – 18th AL 1966

John Roseboro – Los Angeles Dodgers – 13th NL 1965

Ron Hunt – San Francisco Giants – 15th NL 1969

Denis Menke – Houston Astros – 15th NL 1969

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 16th NL 1971

Nate Colbert – San Diego Padres – 8th NL 1972

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 10th NL 1972

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 14th NL 1973

Ron Hunt – Montreal Expos – 26th NL 1973

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 13th NL 1974

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 6th NL 1975

Jerry Reuss – Pittsburgh Pirates – 23rd NL 1975

Ted Simmons – St. Louis Cardinals – 9th NL 1977

Joe Sambito – Houston Astros – 21st NL 1979

Jerry Reuss – Los Angeles Dodgers – 20th NL 1980

Jerry Mumphrey – New York Yankees – 20th AL 1981

Ted Simmons – Milwaukee Brewers – 19th AL 1983

Bob Brenly – San Francisco Giants – 21st NL 1984

Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds – 12th NL 1986

Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds – 9th NL 1987

Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds – 13th NL 1988

Chili Davis – California Angels – 25th NL 1989

Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds – 9th NL 1989

Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds – 12th NL 1990

Chris Sabo – Cincinnati Reds – 13th NL 1990

Paul O’Neill – Cincinnati Reds – 19th NL 1990

Kal Daniels – Los Angeles Dodgers – 27th NL 1990

Chili Davis – Minnesota Twins – 14th AL 1991

Chris Sabo – Cincinnati Reds – 20th NL 1991

Paul O’Neill – New York Yankees – 5th AL 1994

Chili Davis – California Angels – 22nd AL 1994

*Ken Hill – Montreal Expos – 12th NL 1994 (rehabbed in Cedar Rapids with the Kernels)

Paul O’Neill – New York Yankees – 15th AL 1995

Reggie Sanders – Cincinnati Reds – 6th NL 1995

Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres – 22nd NL 1996

Paul O’Neill – New York Yankees – 12th AL 1997

Paul O’Neill – New York Yankees – 12th AL 1998

Eric Davis – Baltimore Orioles – 18th AL 1998

Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres – 7th NL 1998

Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres – 28th NL 1999

Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres – 17th NL 2005

Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres – 10th NL 2006

John Lackey – Los Angeles Angels – 17th AL 2007

Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels – 2nd AL 2012

Mike Trout (2009-10) named 2012 American League Rookie of the Year

Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) became the second player in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history to win a Rookie of the Year award and he is the first to win the award in the American League. Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1988. We have had three players finish second in the voting – Rocky Colavito in 1956 (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952), Ron Hunt in 1963 (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) and Mark Trumbo in 2011 (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2006-07). Trout was the eighth unanimous selection in American League history receiving all 28 votes.

Mike Trout hit .326 (2nd) with 27 doubles, 8 triples, 30 HR and 83 RBI in 139 games for the Angels in 2012. Trout led the American League with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He posted a .399 on base percentage and a .963 OPS while leading the league with a 10.7 WAR (Wins above replacement) and a 5.3 WPA (Win Probability Added).

Mike Trout hit .267 in 5 games for the 2009 Kernels squad late in the season. Trout returned to Cedar Rapids in 2010 where he hit .362 with 19 doubles,7 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI and stole 45 bases in 81 games. He was named to the 2010 Midwest League All-Star game, played in the XM Futures Game in Anaheim and swept Midwest League post season awards winning the 2010 MWL batting title, MWL Player of the Year award and MWL Prospect of the year award. Trout became the youngest recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 2010. He earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2011. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Here is the list of all our former players who have finished in the top seven in the voting.

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

Mike Trout                1st    AL   2012   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2009-10)

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1946 – Pat Seerey

On September 27, 1946, Pat Seerey (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR and 4 RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-8 at Briggs Stadium.

Pat Seerey is one of only 16 major league players to hit four home runs in a game (July 18, 1948). Seerey went 4-6 at the plate with 4 HR, 7 RBI and a walk as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 12-11. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) is also among the 16 players to accomplish the feat.

Pat Seerey hit .224 with 86 HR and 261 RBI during his seven year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

Pat Seerey was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 24, 1955 – Rocky Colavito

On September 24, 1955, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and scored two runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 at Briggs Stadium during his rookie season. It was the first of the 17 times where Colavito would collect four or more hits in a game during his career.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) bring CR Alumni MLB All Star selections to 85.

Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 83rd annual MLB All-Star game today. Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2001-02) have been selected to the American League squad with Napoli getting the start behind the plate. The trio of Kernels alum bring the total number of MLB All-Star selections made by Cedar Rapids professi0nal baseball alumni to 85. 33 different Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. This is the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). We have never had more than three appear in the same season. Lou Boudreau was our first All-Star and made six straight All-Star teams between 1940-45, the longest such streak by a Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni.

Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1938) and Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) lead the way with eight selections each. Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1991) earned seven All-Star selections, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) and Allie Reynolds (1940-41) made six appearances, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) was selected five times and John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) made four appearances at the mid season classic.

Here is the full list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. The year following their name designates their season or seasons they played in Cedar Rapids.

2012 – Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10), Mark Trumbo (2006-07)

2011 – Howard Kendrick (2004), Jordan Walden (2008)

2010 –

2009 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2008 – Ervin Santana (2002), Joe Saunders (2002)

2007 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001), John Lackey (2000)

2006 -Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001)

2005 –

2004 –

2003 –

2002 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2001 –

2000 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1999 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1998 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1997 – Jason Dickson (1995), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1996 –

1995 – Paul O’Neill (1982), Reggie Sanders (1990)

1994 – Chili Davis (1978), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1993 –

1992 –

1991 – Rob Dibble (1985), Paul O’Neill (1982), Chris Sabo (1983)

1990 – Rob Dibble (1985), Chris Sabo (1983)

1989 – Eric Davis (1982)

1988 – Chris Sabo (1983), Kurt Stillwell (1984)

1987 – Eric Davis (1982)

1986 – Chili Davis (1978)

1985 –

1984 – Bob Brenly (1977), Chili Davis (1978), Jerry Mumphrey (1972)

1983 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1982 –

1981 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1980 – Ken Reitz (1969), Jerry Reuss (1967)

1979 – Joe Sambito (1973), Ted Simmons (1967)

1978 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1977 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1976 –

1975 – Jerry Reuss (1967)

1974 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1973 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1972 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1971 – Nate Colbert (1965),

1970 – Denis Menke (1958-59)

1969 – Denis Menke (1958-59), John Roseboro (1955)

1968 –

1967 –

1966 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61), Bobby Knoop (1958)

1965 – Rocky Colavito (1952)

1964 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61)

1963 –

1962 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1961 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1960 – Bud Daley (1952)

1959 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Bud Daley (1952)

1958 – Ray Narleski (1950), John Roseboro (1955)

1957 –

1956 – Ray Narleski (1950)

1955 –

1954 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1953 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1952 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1951 –

1950 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1949 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1948 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1947 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1946 –

1945 – Lou Boudreau (1938), Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1944 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1943 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1942 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1941 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1940 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1939 –

1938 –

1937 –

1936 –

1935 –

1934 –

1933 –

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 11, 1952 – Rocky Colavito’s Final C.R. HR

This full article was written by Gus Schrader and was published in the June 12, 1952 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League game against the Davenport Tigers held on June 11, 1952. The 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians featured six players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Orie Arntzen, Jimmy Bloodworth, Rocky Colavito, Bud Daley, Billy Harrell and Dolan Nichols). Al Smith, a long-time member of the Cedar Rapids baseball board of directors, also played for the 1952 squad. Colavito’s HR in this game was his last he would hit in Cedar Rapids.

3 Points from 3rd, C.R. Hits Road

The rich are getting poorer and the poor are getting richer in the Three-I League. The top two clubs were dealt the old equalizer again Wednesday night, Evansville dropping a 7-0 loss at Burlington and Cedar Rapids giving away another chunk of charity to slowly reviving Davenport, 10-5.

Cedar Rapids now is in a virtual tie with Keokuk for second place, leading the Kernels by three percentage points. Evansville, which maintained its three-game lead over the Indians, has managed only three hits each of the last two nights.

But recent games have been especially hard on the Indians. Playing at home in eight games, they won only three and lost five against three second division foes. It was a golden chance to gain on Evansville which now returns home for 10 games.

What makes it worse for the Indians, the sweet pitching and fielding that carried them to the top of the league early in the campaign have suddenly soured. The hitting has improved but not enough to top foes who are collecting 14, 12 and 10 runs a game. The Indians pitchers have had trouble getting the side out, but the blame is not all theirs. In the 12-6 and 10-5 losses of the last two nights, 15 of the 22 Davenport runs have been unearned.

The Indians took the bus Thursday with their agile first baseman, Al Smith, crippled up with an injury to the Achilles tendon in his left foot. Smith was hurt when he stamped down on the first base bag in the fifth inning. he refused to leave the game until the inning was over and the foot started to swell.

It was the same type of injury that benched Smith part of last season. He left Thursday morning on the long (13 days) road trip, but it was certain Smith would miss at least several games.

Wednesday night the Indians gave Davenport six undeserved tallies and bowed to Ewell Utley’s seven-hit pitching despite solid home runs by Rocky Colavito and Mickey Finn. Charlie Bradshaw started and looked like a long lost relative to the Tigers. He gave up 10 hits before manager Jimmy Bloodworth brought in Wally Harr during Davenport’s five-run seventh. Harr got only one man out before Daley came in to finish up.

To the Indians offense goes the credit of catching the Tigers for a 4-4 tie after trailing by 4-1. They did this in the sixth, mainly on doubles by Maley Truss and Finn and shortstop Charlie Moore’s boot. But the enjoyment was short lived for the 1,457 fans. Davenport went out ahead, 9-4, and added another tally in the eighth, also unearned on a low throw to third by Bob Wortman, the catcher who was filling in for the injured Smith.

Colavito hit his eighth homer of the year (he now has five other hits) in the fifth with no one aboard. It left the park by way of the 340-foot spot in left field. Finn’s fifth circuit wallop also was a solo trip. He poled his over the deepest part of the outfield fence, more than 370 feet from home plate in center field.

Bud Stone homered for the Tigers and it also was a one-run blow, leading off the sixth inning. It traveled 350 feet. Keith Jones continued to steal hits from the Indians in center field. He went back to the 370-foot mark to haul down one of Truss’ drives in the fourth, but Truss poked a double over Jones’ reach in the same spot two innings later.

Finn’s two wallops in four trips hiked his average to .275, the highest point of the campaign.

The total adult paid admissions for the first 21 Indian home openings is 41,355, an average of 1,969. That does not include 1,831 ladies and others admitted for the 30-cent ticket, nor the Knotholer”s and other free admissions. The Indians have been rained out six times at home, with one game made up in a doubleheader.

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

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 3, 1952 – Burlington 1, Cedar Rapids 0

This full article was written by Gus Schrader and was published in the June 4, 1952 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League game against the Burlington Flints held on June 3, 1952. The 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians featured six players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Orie Arntzen, Jimmy Bloodworth, Rocky Colavito, Bud Daley, Billy Harrell and Dolan Nichols). Al Smith, a long-time member of the Cedar Rapids baseball board of directors, also played for the 1952 squad. Chuck Harmon of the Burlington Flints is mentioned in the article. He went on to become the first African American to appear in a MLB game for the Cincinnati Reds on April 17, 1954.

Three Games Behind, Indians Use Daley Tonight

Weather permitting, the Cedar Rapids Indians will lead with their ace tonight in an attempt to pull back within hailing distance of the Three-I League lead. Bud Daley, whose southpaw hooks have earned him a 6-2 record will face Burlington’s Dick Schoonover (2-2) in the second game of a projected nine-game home stand.

The Indian mound staff is a little worse for recent wear, although you wouldn’t have known it by the fine pitching job provided Tuesday night by Jackie Bowes and Wally Harr. Daley will be pitching despite a heavy cold and the fact he hurled 4 2/3 innings of fine relief ball Monday night at Burlington.

It was the lack of clutch hitting that permitted Burlington to take a 1-0 win Monday night, although outhit by the Indians, 6 to 3. The Indians even bunched two of their hits in one inning on two different occasions, but couldn’t score off Ed James, Flints right-hander who hurled for Tulsa in the Texas League earlier this year.

Perhaps the Indians can receive inspiration tonight from a band of real Indians. Ten original Americans from the Tama Indians settlement will stage a war dance around home plate at 7:30 tonight, so maybe the Cedar Rapids Tribe will be encouragedto more war-like gestures with the baseball bat after the game starts.

As it was Monday night, about the most damage they could do with the offerings of James was a lusty foul ball by Al Smith that scored a loud direct hit on a light bulb above the grandstand.

In fact, James had the Indians popping up all night as he hung up his fifth straight win since entering the league. He even pinned the horsecollar on manager Jimmy Bloodworth, the Three-I’s top batter, in four trips.The final time was the most painful for 1,652 Indian fans. Bloodworth came to bat in the ninth with two out, the tying run at third and the winning run at first. But the best he could do against James’ careful chucking was a lazy fly ball to left field.

James fanned six and walked only one in getting the shutout. Mickey Finn, continuing the solid hitting he demonstrated Monday night at Burlington, got two singles and Jim Fishback raised his bat average to .330 with two others.

Bowes pitched well enough to win almost any game. The Flints put the barb into him for their only run in the fourth. Chuck Harmon, the professional basketball player who holds down third base for Burlington, led off with a double down the left field line. With one out, Hy Prosk poked a single down the middle for the game’s only RBI.

Aside from that, the only hit off Bowes was Cotton Chafin’s single in the sixth. Chafin was rubbed out trying to steal, as was Hal Treinen, who walked in the ninth. Bowes fanned six and walked two. Harr hurled the ninth without incident after Rocky Colavito had batted for Bowes in the eighth.

The game was played without error, and it was a quickie; an hour and 53 minutes. James faces only 27 Indians in the first eight innings – three over the minimum – and Bowes pitched to only 28 Flints in the same span.

Cy Slapnicka, long-time Cleveland scout, was a spectator at the game, watching the first home appearance of the outfielder he recently signed for the Indians – Bob Diers of Nebraska U.

Diers didn’t show a great deal, as he fanned twice and hit into a double play in three trips before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Slap expressed confidence that Diers would come along better after he had the feel of things.

“Bob has been cramming for exams the last couple of weeks so he could graduate,” said Slap, “and he hasn’t been playing ball. Give him a couple of weeks and he’ll come around in good shape. This boy is big, powerful and fast. He’s bound to make the grade.”

Burlington (1)        AB   H   O   A

Chafin, LF                 4     1    4   0

Harmon, 3B             4     1    2    2

Treinen, CF              2     0    2   0

Prosk, 2B                  3     1     2    2

Dotterer, C              2     0     7    1

Raehse, 1B               3    0      7    0

Lucas, RF                 3    0      2     0

Peterson, SS            3     0      1    0

James, P                   3     0     0     0

Totals                       29    3     27   7

Cedar Rapids (0)   AB   H   O    A

Harris, SS                 4      1     1     3

Smith, 1B                 3      1      5    1

Diers, RF                 3      0     2     0

Wortman, PH        1     0     0      0

Finn, LF                   4     2     3      0

Bloodworth, 3B    4     0     1     0

Truss, LF                 3     0     1      0

Fishback, 2B          3      2     6      1

Radley, C                 3      0     8      2

Bowes, P                  2      0     0     0

Colavito, PH          1      0      0     0

Harr, P                     0      0      0     0

Totals                      31      6      27    7

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Josh Hamilton joins Pat Seerey (1942) and Rocky Colavito (1952) and 13 others with 4 HR in a single game.

Josh Hamilton hit his fourth HR of the game off former Cedar Rapids Kernels Darren O’Day (2006) tonight to join 15 other players in the history of baseball who have slugged four HR in a single game including two who played minor league baseball here in Cedar Rapids, Pat Seerey (1942) and Rocky Colavito (1952).

Pat Seerey was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

Players with four HR in a game

Bobby Lowe 5/30/1894

Ed Delahanty 7/13/1896

Lou Gehrig 6/3/1932

Chuck Klein 7/10/1936

Pat Seerey 7/18/1948

Gil Hodges 8/31/1950

Joe Adcock 7/31/1954

Rocky Colavito 6/10/1959

Willie Mays 4/30/1961

Mike Schmidt 4/17/1976

Bob Horner 7/6/1986

Mark Whiten 9/7/1993

Mike Cameron 5/2/2002

Shawn Green 5/23/2002

Carlos Delgado 9/25/2003

Josh Hamilton 5/8/2012

This date in Kernels alumni history – December 1, 1956 – Rocky Colavito

On December 1, 1956, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox. Colavito finished the year hitting .276 with 21 HR and 65 RBI.

Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956), Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) and Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007-07) (American League (2011) are the only Rookie of the Year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 14, 2011 – Mark Trumbo

On November 14, 2011, Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006-07) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays today. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.

The runner-up finish is the highest place a Cedar Rapids alumni has finished in the American League voting. Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Trumbo joins Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956) and Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) as the only Rookie of the year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)