December 18, 2001: The Reds deal Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese and lefty reliever Dennys Reyes to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Gabe White and Luke Hudson.
The very next day, on December 19, Reese is dealt by the Rockies to the Boston Red Sox for catcher Scott Hatteberg. Two days after that, [...]
The National League Gold Glove winners are to be announced today. Hopefully, there won’t be any disastrous shocks like yesterday when Derek Jeter was awarded his fifth Gold Glove. The folks at baseball-reference.com were so mortified they even had a disclaimer next to the announcement (since taken down). The disclaimer was something like “We [...]
November 10, 1932: Donie Bush is named manager of the Reds. Bush had previously managed the 1927-29 Pittsburgh Pirates to great success (246-178, one pennant) and the 1930-31 Chicago White Sox to no success at all (118-189, 7th and 8th place of eight teams)
With the Reds, I suppose Bush demonstrated that it takes talent to win. The Reds finished last with a 58-94 record, 33 games behind the champion New York Giants. It also demonstrates the power of age when it comes to talent. The 1933 Reds had five future Hall of Famers on the team,tied with the 1932 team as having the most at any time in club history. However, none were in their primes. 42-year-old Eppa Rixey was 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 16 games (12 starts). 33-year-old first baseman Jim Bottomley batted .250 with 13 homers (.706 OPS), 25-year-old catcher Ernie Lombardi batted .283 with four homers, and 27-year-old shortstop Leo Durocher was traded after 16 games. 30-year-old outfielder Chick Hafey had a good year, batting 303 with a .772 OPS (122 OPS+), but it was nowhere near his best slugging seasons.
This was the season that the oldest Red to ever play participated. 49-year-old Jack Quinn pitched his last season, pitching in 14 games covering 15 2/3 innings, going 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA. His last two games came after his 50th birthday. Quinn and Hall of Fame knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are the only players with at least ten games in the season of their fiftieth birthday. Quinn was a spitballer who finished his career 247-218 with a 3.29 ERA in 756 games (443 starts). 1933 was Quinn’s only season with the Reds.
Continue reading This Day in Reds History: It takes more than Hall of Famers; McKeon named Manager of the Year
I’ve been trying for a few months to get everyone to believe in this team. I know some of you have gotten sick of the “Believe” mantra. Heck, it’s gotten a bit tiresome to me, but I found that I was enjoying myself much more after I decided to relax, enjoy, and believe that [...]
In his career against the Cincinnati Reds, tonight’s starter for Philadelphia, Roy Oswalt, is 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA. He’s the quintessential Reds-killer, and for many years he combined with Lance Berkman to give us all nightmares.
This season, Oswalt is 13-13 with a sterling 2.76 ERA overall. Since joining the Phillies mid-season, Oswalt [...]
September 26, 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings open a 13-day stay in San Francisco with a 35-4 victory over the Eagles. The Red Stockings play five games against San Francisco teams during this time and win all five matches by an average score of 56-6. A little history of an 1869 road trip from “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:
September 14: “The Red Stockings depart for a month-long tour to California, via the newly opened transcontinental railroad. After nine days of hard travel that included trains, stage coaches, and steamers, the travelers arrived in San Francisco on September 23. Despite arriving at 11 in the evening, the club was met by some 2000 cheering spectators.”
September 26, 1897 Reds Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley becomes the first Cincinnati Red to hit three home runs in a game in a 10-4 Reds win over the last place St. Louis Browns. The fourth place Reds, who finish the season 76-56, also won the second game of the doubleheader, 8-6, to complete the sweep of the Browns. The Browns finish the season 29-102, 63 1/2 games behind the Boston Beaneaters.
Despite a career batting average of .300, the New York Giants had released Beckley 17 games into the 1897 season when he started the season batting .250. With the Reds, the 29-year-old Beckley regenerated and he hit .345 with the Reds with an .894 OPS (128 OPS+). He led the Reds in triples (9), homers (7), rbi (76), and batting average (.345) despite only playing 97 games for the Reds. In eight seasons with the Reds, he hit three homers in a game, he hit three triples in a game, and he batted over .300 six different times. Beckley is # 41 on the all-time list for runs scored, # 33 for hits, # 4 for triples, and # 37 for RBI (all as of the end of the 2007 season–baseball-reference bullpen). To this day, Beckley still holds the major league records for putouts at first base (23,731) and career triple plays as a first baseman. Thirteen times he batted over .300, he scored 1600 runs and had 1575 career rbi.
Continue reading This Day in Reds History: Road Trip, Jake Beckley, Walks Haunt, and Playoff Hopes
September 4, 1916: Reds manager and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson makes his one and only appearance on the mound for the Reds and, ahem, “fires” a 15 hit-complete game to beat another Hall of Fame pitcher (and former Red) Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and the Cubs, 10-8.
The win is an important one, for the Reds were in last place at the time and remained in sole possession of last place until the last day of the season when a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled them into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals at 60-93, 33 1/2 games behind the first place Brooklyn Robins.
Mathewson was once property of the Reds, but for only a few days in November of 1900. Mathewson had joined the New York Giants in 1900 and went 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA in six games before being dispatched back to the minor leagues. The Reds drafted him from a minor league team in early November, but Reds owner John T. Brush traded him back to the Giants on November 15 for Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusie. Rusie had been one of baseball’s biggest pitching stars of the 1890′s, winning more than 20 games every season that he played from 1890-98 and winning more than 30 games in four straight seasons. He sat out 1899 and 1900 in a contract dispute with the Giants, but reported to the Reds after the trade. However, he only pitched three games with the Reds, going 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA in 22 innings and then he retired. Rusie’s final record was 234-163 with a 3.07 ERA. In five separate seasons, he led the major leagues in K/rate per nine innings, hitting a high of 6.01 in 1891.
Continue reading This Day in Reds History: Mathewson Wins, Flour from the Sky, Runs Without Hits, and Nine Homers