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Baseball in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Although Cedar Rapids waited until 1962 to join the Midwest League, the franchise traces its history to the 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries and has won over 6,000 games over the years. After 45 MWL seasons, they're a handful of wins under the .500 mark. They've had some excellent nines, and some terrible seasons.

They've had some very fine players, too. Particularly noteworthy are the relatively recent seasons of Reggie Sanders, Steve Gibralter, and Larry Barnes.


Cedar Rapids hosted Midwest League All-Star Games in 1974, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1991, and 2004.



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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballparks
MWL Fan's Guide
Seasons
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 48
  • Won/Lost overall: 3187/3199, .499
  • Best season: 81/40, .669 (1966)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: 3
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 24/30, .444
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 3 seasons

Cedar Rapids joined the MWL in 1962 as an expansion team; they were a refugee from the collapsed Three-I League. Cedar Rapids is still represented in the Midwest League.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Cedar Rapids Braves, 1962
  • Cedar Rapids Red Raiders, 1963-64
  • Cedar Rapids Cardinals, 1965-72
  • Cedar Rapids Astros, 1973-74
  • Cedar Rapids Giants, 1975-79
  • Cedar Rapids Reds, 1980-92
  • Cedar Rapids Kernels, 1993-present

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballpark

Attendance record

  • 196,066 (2002)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Larry Barnes (1996) .317, 27 HR, 112 RBI
  • Pitcher: Ron Hodges (1976) 1.24 ERA, 14-2 Won/Lost

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • 1968 Jack Krol (Manager of the Year)
  • 1976 Wayne Cato (Most Valuable Player)
  • 1976 Francis "Salty" Parker (Manager of the Year)
  • 1985 Eddie Williams (Most Valuable Player)
  • 1988 Marc Bombard (Manager of the Year)
  • 1989 Dave Miley (Manager of the Year)
  • 1990 Reggie Sanders (Most Valuable Player)
  • 1992 Steve Gibralter (Most Valuable Player)
  • 1996 Larry Barnes (Most Valuable Player)
  • 2002 Todd Claus (Manager of the Year)

Cedar Rapids Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Demond Smith (1995) .341 (does not include West Michigan ABs)
  • Home Runs: Jeff Jones (1982) 42
  • Runs Batted In: Larry Barnes (1996) 112

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Mike Knox (1983) & Butch Henry (1988) 16
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Floyd Henry (1988) 16-2, .889
  • Earned Run Average: Ron Hodges (1976) 1.24
  • Strikeouts: Ramon Ortiz (1997) 225

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Note

This summary originated as the May 8, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.

My thanks to Gary Koeppel for pointing out an error on this page.


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