April 18, 1959: In his major league debut, Reds pitcher Mike Cuellar gives up a grand slam homer to Gene Freese in a 14-9 loss to the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.
Cuellar pitched two games with the Reds before he was sent to the minors. He returned to the majors in ’64 with the Cardinals, and became a star in ’69 with the Orioles at the age of 32. From ’69 to ’74, Cuellar had a record of 125-64.
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Comment: In the 1970 World Series against the Reds, Cueller went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in two games. He started and pitched a completed game in the clinching game 5 victory for the Orioles.
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.