April 17, 1941: The Reds form an all-Riddle battery as pitcher Elmer throws to his brother Johnny, playing catcher. Elmer entered the game in the 7th inning in relief of Junior Thomson, while Johnny was subbing for Ernie Lombardi, who was out with an injured finger. Elmer’s pitches weren’t a riddle to the Cardinals, however, as he faced only two batters, issuing a walk to Terry Moore and a homer to Johnny Mize. The Reds lost, 7-6, at Crosley Field.
Johnny Riddle had one of the strangest careers in history. He played in his first major league game in 1930, his last in 1948, but appeared in only 98 games with five different clubs.
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.
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