August 22, 1979: Johnny Bench breaks Frank Robinson’s club career home run record with his 325th lifetime homer in a 7-2 win over the Expos at Riverfront Stadium.
The game was interrupted in the 6th inning when a pair of bats (the winged variety) landed on the field just beyond shortstop and had to be removed by a number of the Reds grounds crew.
All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.
Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.