December 10, 1982: The Cincinnati Reds, seeking to boost their outfield team, traded prospect pitcher Scott Brown to the Kansas City Royals for injured Royals phenom outfielder, Clint Hurdle.
In March, 1978, Clint Hurdle made the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as baseball’s next phenom (see here). He was one of the most hyped [...]
October 12, 1975: The Cincinnati Reds scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2. The win enabled the Reds to tie the 1975 World Series at one game apiece.
The Red Sox scored first when Carlton Fisk singled home Carl [...]
October 2, 1877: The Reds finish one of their worst season in Cincinnati baseball history, by losing to the Chicago White Stockings, 13-1. The 1877 Reds, who had disbanded and restarted at mid-season, finish the year 15-42 in last place, 25 1/2 games behind the first place Boston Red Caps. The Red Caps were remnants of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings team, led by George Wright and managed by brother Harry Wright. The 1877 Reds won-loss percentage of .263 was tied for second worst of all time.
The 1877 Reds were led by superstar Charley Jones, who batted .310 with an .819 OPS (168 OPS+) in 55 games. He had the second highest WAR (wins above replacement rating) in the league in 1877 (3.2), not that he knew that at the time since it’s a recently developed metric. Shortstop-manager Jack Manning batted .317 (OPS+ 151) and outfielder-manager Lip Pike (142 OPS+) also had strong years. The Reds used three different managers during the season. Pitching was the Reds’ downfall as their staff ERA (4.19) was nearly a run worse than any other team in the league.
October 2, 1892: The St. Louis Browns score eight runs in the top of the first inning, but the Reds come back to win the first game of a double header, 12-10. The Reds also win the second game, 4-1, to sweep the Browns. The 1892 Reds go on to finish in fifth place.
October 2, 1919: The Reds win the second game of the 1919 World Series, 4-2, over the Chicago White Sox in Cincinnati. The Reds now led the best of nine series, two games to one.
The Reds struck for three runs in the fourth inning when White Sox starter Lefty Williams ran into control problems. Williams, who had averaged 1.8 walks/9 innings for the season, walked three Reds hitters in the inning leading to three Reds runs on a single by Edd Roush and a triple by Larry Kopf. The Reds added an insurance run in the sixth when Greasy Neale singled home Roush. The White Sox scored their two runs in the seventh when Ray Schalk singled to score two, aided by two Reds throwing errors on the play.
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September 28, 1894: Reds pitcher Tom Parrott plays his only game at second base for the Reds and hits for the cycle in a Reds 9-8 loss to the New York Giants. Parrott played four major league seasons, three mainly as a pitcher for the Reds and one mainly as an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns. He finishes his career with a career 39-48 record with a 5.33 ERA (96 ERA+) while batting .301 with a .768 OPS (96 OPS+).
September 28, 1939: Paul Derringer does the heavy lifting as he pitches a complete game and delivers a sacrifice fly to drive in the game deciding run as the Reds clinch their first pennant since 1919. The Reds beat the second place St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, in the game.
Derringer improved his record to 25-7 with the win. He allowed 14 hits and the Reds committed three errors in the game, but he struck out sluggers Joe Medwick and Johnny Mize to end the game. Cardinals starter Max Lanier only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit, two walks, and two runs before replacing by eventual losing pitcher, Curt Davis (22-16) who pitched six 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals.
Harry Craft’s eighth inning home run added insurance for the Reds.
September 28, 1957: Johnny Klippstein fires a one-hitter, walking one and striking out five, in defeating Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves, 4-0. The only hit allowed by Klippstein is a two-out single to Bob “Hurricane” Hazle in the eighth inning.
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September 15, 1885: Rookie Cincinnati Red Stockings pitcher George Pechiney defeats the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in Baltimore. Pechiney joined the Red Stockings in August after pitching in the minors and started 11 games down the stretch. He went 7-4 with a 2.02 ERA (161 ERA+) during the last few weeks of the season. The 1885 Red Stockings finished in second place to the St. Louis Browns. The Red Stockings were 63-49, 16 games behind the Browns.
Pechiney didn’t fare as well in 1886. He started 40 games and pitched 330 innings, finishing the season 15-21 with a 4.14 ERA (85 ERA+). The nadir of his season came on April 27 when the Browns beat him 20-2 with Pechiney going the distance. He allowed 15 earned runs and 24 hits. At year’s end his contract was sold to the Cleveland Blues. In 1887 (his final season) he went 1-9 with a 7.12 ERA (61 ERA+).
The 1885 Red Stockings team was built on offense. Managed by local sportswriter Ollie Caylor (see, sportswriters can manage a team…), the offense was led by local superstar Charley Jones (fascinating biography found here…), Jones was fifth in the league in OPS and batted .322 (157 OPS+). The Red Stockings boasted one of the best infields in Cincinnati history in first baseman John Reilly ( career 128 OPS+), Hall of Fame second baseman Bid McPhee (career OPS+ 106), third baseman Hick Carpenter (OPS+ 86) and slugging shortstop Frank Fennelly (OPS+ of 118). Fennelly had a huge 1885, batting .273 with 10 homers (41 extra base hits) and 89 rbi in just 112 games (OPS+ 142).
The 1886 Red Stockings declined and were the worst Cincinnati team of their American Association era, finishing in fifth place (65-73) the only sub-.500 team of the 1880′s.
September 15, 1887: The Cincinnati Red Stockings defeat two different teams on the same day. In the morning, they defeat The New York Metropolitans, 4-0, on Staten Island, and then travel to Brooklyn to beat the Brooklyn Grays that afternoon, 11-1.
The 1887 Red Stockings finished second with an 81-54 record, 14 games behind the St. Louis Browns. The 1887 Red Stockings featured duel 30-game winners in Mike Smith (34-17, 2.94 ERA, 148 ERA+) and Tony Mullane (31-17, 3.24 ERA, 134 ERA+). (You can read more about Smith and Mullane here). John Reilly was the hitting star, batting .309 with 96 rbi in 134 games.
September 15, 1950: The pennant winning Philadelphia Phillies sweep a doubleheader from the Reds. The Reds lose the first game, 2-1, and then go 19 innings before losing the nightcap, 8-7.
The Phillies first game runs scored on a double play ground out and a home run by catcher Andy Seminick, giving them a 2-0 lead after four innings. The Reds’ only run came in the sixth inning when Virgil Stallcup doubled home Lloyd Merriman. Knuckleballer Willie Ramsdell went the distance in the loss.
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September 9, 1946 The Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers play a 19-inning 0-0 tie in Brooklyn, the longest 0-0 game in major league history. The game is eventually stopped due to darkness and replayed from the beginning on September 20 with the Dodgers winning, 5-3.
Using the “Game Score” statistic, Reds lefty Johnny Vander Meer pitches the best Reds game ever in this game (measurements available since 1920) by pitching 15 shutout innings, allowing only seven hits and walking two while striking out 14. His game score was 115 (second highest: Jim Maloney’s 106 vs. New York Mets in 1965; Tom Browning’s 1989 perfect game is 16th highest for Reds with a 94). While not receiving a decision in the tie game, Vander Meer is later the losing pitcher when the game is replayed, going five innings and allowing five hits, five walks, and four runs.
According to “Redleg Journal“:
“The Reds twice had a runner cut down at the plate. In the fifth inning, right fielder Eddie Lukon tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run and was thrown out. In the 15th, Dodger right fielder Dixie Walker threw out Reds center fielder Dain Clay when Clay tried to score from second on a single.”
Sidenotes: According to baseball-reference.com, Lukon’s nickname was “Mongoose” and Clay had the nicknames “Sniffy” and “Ding-a-Ling;” Vander Meer was “the Dutch Master.” Harry Gumbert (nicknamed “Gunboat”) pitched the final four innings of the game for the Reds, allowing one hit and striking out two.
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May 31–The 1981 season may have been one of the most disappointing seasons in Reds history. Not because of their play on the field; to the contrary, the Reds had baseball’s best record, 66-42, but were left out of the playoffs due to the “split-season” format necessitated by the player strike. The Reds finished second in both the first half and second half and were left out of the post-season championship run.
With free agency still being somewhat new, and the Reds not wanting to participate, they made several off-season moves post-1981. CF Ken Griffey Sr. was traded to the Yankees; LF George Foster was traded to the Mets; RF Dave Collins was granted free agency; 3B Ray Knight was traded to the Astros; C Joe Nolan was traded to the Orioles. SP Paul Moskau was traded to the Orioles in a separate deal, and RP Doug Bair was traded to the Cardinals. In return, we received an aging Cesar Cedeno, 3B Wayne Krenchicki, failed OF prospect Clint Hurdle, C Alex Trevino, RP Jim Kern, and two swing men, Bob Shirley and Greg Harris.
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