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.
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.