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Cedar Rapids Kernels
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Founded in 1890
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Team logoCap insignia
Class-A[1] (1934-1937, 1962-present)

Class B (1896-1899, 1902-1909, 1920-1921, 1938-1942, 1950-1961)
Class C (1949)

Class D (1901, 1913-1917, 1922-1932)
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1962-present)
Division Western Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current Minnesota Twins (2013-present)
Minor league titles
  • 1897
  • 1906
  • 1922
  • 1925
  • 1930
  • 1937
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1958
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1994
Team data
Nickname Cedar Rapids Kernels (1993-present)
Previous names
  • Cedar Rapids Reds (1980-1992)
  • Cedar Rapids Giants (1975-1979)
  • Cedar Rapids Astros (1973-1974)
  • Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1965-1972)
  • Cedar Rapids Red Raiders (1963-1964)
  • Cedar Rapids Braves (1958-1962)
  • Cedar Rapids Raiders (1953-1957)
  • Cedar Rapids Indians (1950-1952)
  • Cedar Rapids Rockets (1949)
  • Cedar Rapids Raiders (1934-1942)
  • Cedar Rapids Bunnies (1904-1932)
  • Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1896-1903)
  • Cedar Rapids Canaries (1890-1891)
Colors Navy, Kelly Green, White, Red, Yellow
Ballpark Veterans Memorial Stadium (2002-present)
Previous parks
The original Veterans Memorial Stadium (1949-2001)
Belden Hill Park (E Avenue and 13th Street)(1913-1942)[2]
Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc.
Manager Toby Gardenhire
General Manager Scott Wilson

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are a Class A minor league baseball team based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The team is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins and plays in the Midwest League. The Kernels are owned by Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc. (also known as Cedar Rapids Baseball Club, Inc.).[3][4][5]

Cedar Rapids baseball history

Cedar Rapids first began play in 1890 and have played 110 seasons through 2015. The franchise has been a member of various leagues preceding the Midwest League. They have been a member of the Central Association (1949), Western League (1934-1937), Mississippi Valley League (1922-1932), Central Association (1913-1917), Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League (1901-1909, 1920-1921, 1938-1942, 1950-1961), Western Association (1896-1899), Eastern Iowa League (1895) and the Illinois-Iowa League (1890-1891).[6] The team also had numerous nicknames prior to joining the Midwest League: Cedar Rapids Braves (1958-1962), Cedar Rapids Raiders (1953-1957), Cedar Rapids Indians (1950-1952), Cedar Rapids Rockets (1949), Cedar Rapids Raiders (1934-1942), Cedar Rapids Red Raiders (1963-1964), Cedar Rapids Bunnies (1904-1932), Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1896-1903) and Cedar Rapids Canaries (1890-1891).[6]

When Cedar Rapids was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1962, the franchise switched back to the Red Raiders (1962-1964) nickname. Subsequently, the team used the name of the major league franchise it affiliated with: the Cardinals (1965-1972), the Astros (1973-1974), the Giants (1975-1979), and the Reds (1980-1992). The team adopted the current "Kernels" nickname before the 1993 season. On the field, the franchise won Midwest League championships in 1988, 1992, and 1994.


The team's first home ballpark was Belden Hill Park,[2] followed by the original Veterans Memorial Stadium,[7] which opened in 1949. In August 2000 voters approved a referendum to build a new ballpark adjacent to the old one, which was demolished after the 2001 season. The new Veterans Memorial Stadium was completed in time for the opening of the 2002 season, and the Kernels set a franchise attendance record of 196,066 in the new park's inaugural year.


Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

Casey Kotchman bats against the Clinton LumberKings, September 1, 2002



  1. ^ "Teams by Classification - MiLB.com Official Info - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com.
  2. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/park.cgi?id=IA005
  3. ^ http://www.milb.com/team4/page.jsp?ymd=20090128&content_id=501703&vkey=team4_t492&fext=.jsp&sid=t492
  4. ^ http://www.manta.com/c/mthnf9d/cedar-rapids-baseball-club-inc
  5. ^ "Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball Team in Cedar Rapids, IA - 950 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA - Superpages.com". Superpages.
  6. ^ a b "Cedar Rapids, Iowa Encyclopedia - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "1949 Cedar Rapids Rockets Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.


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