June 9, 1955: The Reds trade Bob Borkowski to the Dodgers for Joe Black, who becomes the Reds first African-American pitcher.
Black starred as a rookie for the Dodgers in 1952 with a 15-4 record and a 2.15 ERA, but that was his last taste of success in the majors. He was 8-4 with 5 saves and a 4.34 ERA in Cincinnati.
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.