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This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 10, 1909 Charles Jaeger No-Hits Davenport. Bunnies lose 3-1

On August 10, 1909, Charlie Jaeger pitched a no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Bunnies fell 3-1 to the Davenport Pretzels. Jaeger struck out one batter while walking five. Davenport scored its three runs in part due to a pair of walks and a throwing error by Jaeger in the top of the fourth. Collis Spencer picked up the win for Davenport. Spencer had played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad earlier in the season (1905-09) and would rejoin the Cedar Rapids teams in 1914 and 1915. He went on to pitch a no-hitter for the Bunnies on August 3, 1914. Charlie Jaeger made his MLB debut on September 4, 1904 for the Detroit Tigers. Jaeger posted a 3-3 with a 2.57 E.R.A. in 8 games. He pitched 5 complete games and finished two others out of the bullpen.

The following article was published in the August 11, 1909 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Davenport Pretzels held on August 10, 1909. The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured five players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Chet Carmichael, Bill Collins, Bill Hoffer, Charlie Jaeger, and Billy Kelly). The 1909 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 31-107 record under manager Lute Broberg’s guidance. The Bunnies .225 winning percentage is the lowest in the history of Cedar Rapids professional baseball history.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 6, 1954 – Dick Drott wins CG, Art Pennington extends hitting streak to 12 games

On August 6, 1954, Dick Drott pitched a complete game to lead the Cedar Rapids Indians to a 5-1 victory snapping the Waterloo White Hawks seven game winning streak. Drott struck out seven batters while allowing one run on four hits and four walks to improve to 4-3 on the season. Art Pennington, the Indians power hitting outfielder, tallied a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Dick Drott went on to play for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Colt .45’s during his seven year MLB career. Drott compiled a 27-46 record with a 4.78 E.R.A. He finished third in the 1957 Rookie of Year voting posting a 15-11 record with 3 shutouts and a 3.58 E.R.A. during his rookie season.

Art Pennington, a long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, played for the 1953 and 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians squads. Pennington hit .345 with 16 HR in 1954. He had played for the Chicago American Giants and the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leagues between 1941-45.

This following article was published in the August 7, 1954 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Waterloo White Hawks held on August 6, 1954. The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Anderson, Dick Drott and Al Unser). The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians posted a 63-72 record under manager Billy Prince’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 3, 1914 – C.M. Spencer No-Hits Keokuk. Bunnies win 10-0

On August 3, 1914, C.M. (Collis Mitchell) Spencer pitched a complete game no-hitter to lead the Cedar Rapids Bunnies to a 10-0 win over the Keokuk Indians.  Spencer struck out one and walked three batters. Charles Curtis hit a three-run homer in the fourth and the Bunnies never looked back adding three additional runs in the 8th and four runs in the top of 9th inning to put the game away. This was the second Cedar Rapids no-hitter Spencer played a part in. Charlie Jaeger (1909) pitched a no-hitter for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies on August 10, 1909 but lost the game to Spencer and the Davenport Pretzels 3-1.

This following article was published in the August 4, 1914 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Central Association contest against the Keokuk Indians held on August 3, 1914. The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bill Harper, Roy Radebaugh and Bill Wambsganss). The 1914 Cedar Rapids Bunnies posted a 65-59 record under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance. Bill Wambsganss went to to become the only player in major league history to turn an unassisted triple play during the World Series.

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 31, 1890 – Cedar Rapids Canaries 14, Dubuque 2

On July 31, 1890, the Cedar Rapids Canaries collected 14 hits and defeated Dubuque 14-2 on the road. This following article was published in the August 1, 1890 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against Dubuque held on July 31, 1890. The 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, Frank Donnelly and Danny Friend). The 1890 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 62-48 record under manager James Plumb.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 29, 1967 – Jerry Reuss Earns 1st professional win

On July 29, 1967, the Cedar Rapids Cardinals defeated the Clinton Pilots 11-0 as Jerry Reuss earned his first professional victory with a two-hit shutout. Reuss, the Cardinals second round pick in the 1967 amateur draft (Ted Simmons was their first rounder that year), struck out 12 and walked only one batter in the opening game of a doubleheader. Raul Guerrero supplied the offense with a grand slam in the third inning and Ted Simmons went 3-4 with three RBI. The Cardinals rallied in game two with a three-run sixth inning to sweep the day’s games with a 4-2 victory. Ted Simmons was 1-3 with a RBI single in the three-run sixth.

This following article was published in the July 30, 1967 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Clinton Pilots held on July 29, 1967. The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Chlupsa, Jerry Reuss, Bob Schaefer, Ted Simmons and Jack Whillock). The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals posted a 53-67 record to finish 8th in the Midwest league under manager Jack Krol.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 28, 1967 – Cedar Rapids Cardinals 8, Clinton Pilots 2

On July 28, 1967, the Cedar Rapids Cardinals rebounded from being shutout in game one of the day doubleheader to take game two by a 8-2 margin behind home runs by Ted Simmons and Raul Guerrero, who hit two in the victory. The game was scoreless until the third inning when the Cardinals tallied five runs behind Simmon’s three-run shot and Guerrero’s first HR of the game. Guerrero hit his second HR over the scoreboard in the fifth inning as the Cardinals cruised to victory.

This following article was written by Gus Schrader and was published in the July 29, 1967 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Clinton Pilots held on July 28, 1967. The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Chlupsa, Jerry Reuss, Bob Schaefer, Ted Simmons and Jack Whillock). The 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals posted a 53-67 record to finish 8th in the Midwest league under manager Jack Krol.

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.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 25, 1949 – CR Rockets Sweep Rockford in Doubleheader

Jack Cookman (Cedar Rapids Rockets – 1949) and his family joined us at the ballpark yesterday afternoon as the Kernels defeated Beloit for our first win of the second half. We kept his group busy with another Kernels Timeline tour, numerous introductions, a first pitch and a radio booth visit for an interview with Morgan Hawk. The southpaw can still bring it to the plate. Jack also brought in some great old photos from the 1949 season to donate to our Hall of Fame. I have to get them scanned to share. We are glad to have you and your family back anytime Jack. Thanks to Kernels photographer Stevie Pedersen for the shots of Cookman’s first pitch. I decided to stick with the 1949 team with today’s look back at Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball history.

This following article was written by Pat Harmon and was published in the June 26, 1949 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Central Association doubleheader against the Rockford Rox held on June 25, 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). Pro Football Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell was also a member of the 1949 Cedar Rapids Rockets squad.

Rockets Top Rockford Twice, 3-0, 5-1. Cassidy, Schroer Hurl Wins

The Cedar Rapids Rockets won their first double header of the season by beating Rockford, 3-0 and 5-1, Saturday night on the expert pitching of left-handed Gene Schroer and right-handed Dick Cassidy.

They held Rockford to three hits in 16 innings. Schroer pitched a 2-hit shutout in the opener, which went seven frames. In the second game, Cassidy allowed one hit and one unearned run. He missed a no-hitter on Bob Dill’s towering fly to the left field fence in the third inning. Paul Slaughter misjudged it and it landed for a double.

Jarring John Tanner helped Cassidy’s cause in the second game with a third-inning homer, his 14th of the season. Smacko Joe Macko of Burlington also hit his 14th Saturday night in another Central Association game, and they are tied for the league lead.

The twin pitching masterpieces were witnessed by 2,160 clients, including 772 special ladies’ night admissions. Tonight, the Rockets open a series against Burlington with Joe Meshelski, who pitched a one-hitter over Clinton on June 18, on the mound. Cedar Rapids and Burlington will play a doubleheader Monday at 6:30 p.m., with Jim Johnson and Jack Bremer or Lou Michels the probable local pitchers.

The fielding of the Rockets, particularly that of the 18-year old shortstop, Roger Scoles of Ute, Ia., touched new heights Saturday. Scoles handled 12 chances and figured in three double plays. His most spectacular  act was in the second game. After Dale Hess had slashed the ball off the pitcher’s glove, it was bounding for the open spaces by second base, but Scoles scooped it in and turned it into a double play.

Jay Sousley also pulled two dazzlers around first base, and Tanner ended the evening with a running catch over his shoulder of pinch hitter Jim Fister’s fly to right field. Tanner, incidently, did not play the first game because of a sore arm. His home run in the second was one of his longest. It cleared the fence just to the left of the scoreboard, high over the 350-foot marker.

Cassidy’s one-hitter in the second game should be explained for those who were there. When Joe Patanelli of Rockford was ruled safe at first by umpire Roxie Lawson in the first inning, the scoreboard flashed the “hit” sign from the official scorer. But Lawson, when questioned, said he had called the runner safe because the fielder failed to tag the bag, not because Patanelli had beaten the throw, which was from Sousley to Cassidy. Under the rules of the official scoring manual, this had to become an error.

Cassidy walked seven and hit Dill, the Rockford manager so that the Rox got a man on base every inning save the sixth. Schroer’s two-hitter shaded the picthing of Oje Henning, former University of Minnesota athlete, in the opener. Henning has now pitched three games for the Rox, and they haven’t scored a run for him. He lost his first two starts to Keokuk by identical scores of 2-0. Harry Pritts was his opponent in those games, so he has lost all three to left-handed rivals.

In the first game, Joe O’Brien scored for the Rockets in the third on a passed ball. An Error by Patanelli, sacrifice by Ray Waychoff, walks to Packy Rogers and Sousley and hits by Slaughter and Del Marquardt scored the remaining two runs in the sixth.

The Rockets used a progressive hitting system in the second game, starting with the second inning. Tanner singled, Sousley doubled, Marquardt tripled. That scored two runs. Then in the third Tanner hit for four bases, this time with Rogers on base.

Rogers’ single, Dill’s two-base error in left field, and Sousley’s fly to center brought Rogers in with the last run.

The Rox only run off Cassidy was unearned. Bob Johnson, after walking, went to third on Rogers’ high throw trying to nail Fred Lietz. Johnson scored on Dick Meyer’s fly to right.

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

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 7, 1969 – Larry Bowlby No-Hitter

This article was published in the June 8, 1969 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League game against the Decatur Commodores held on June 7, 1969. The 1969 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured three players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ken Reitz, Jorge Roque and Bob Sadowski). The 1969 squad went on to finish the season with a 55-68 record in the Midwest League under manager Roy Majtyka.

Bowlby Pitches No-Hitter for Cedar Rapids

Larry Bowlby of the Cedar Rapids Cardinals pitched the first no-hitter of his professional career and the first of the Midwest League this year with a 2-0 shutout in 10 innings over Decatur Saturday night in the second game of a twin bill.

Bowlby’s masterpiece, coupled with the Cards’ 5-3 win in the opener, increased C.R.’s winning streak to seven games and moved them into third place in the league standings with an 18-14 record.

It was Bowlby’s first appearance for Cedar Rapids this year, as he joined the club only last Thursday. The 6-5, 215-pounder hurled for Cedar Rapids two years ago, but spent last season with Modesto in the California League.

Saturday night, Larry struck out eight and walked three. One runner was thrown out by catcher Dave Cichon while attempting to steal second. Only one runner reached second and that came in the seventh on Bowlby’s wild pitch.

Four Decatur errors helped the Cards score their three runs in the 10th. Jorge Roque reached base on an error, was sacrificed to second by Gary Marion and came all the way around on Jerry Bartee‘s infield hit. That run proved enough for the win.

Bartee picked up two of the four C.R. hits in the game, with Lou Cosenza and Marion getting the others. It was the seventh straight loss for Decatur and their 10th in the last 11 games.

The Cards scored all their runs in the top of the seventh in the first game, ironically, with the help of five infield hits. However, Hector Navarro got the big blow with a line single that scored two runs and aided Jack Price in winning his first game after two losses.

Transcribed from the digital archives of the Cedar Rapids Library.