February 1, 1969: The Reds select Jackson State (TN) Community College pitcher Ross Grimsley in the first round of the secondary phase of the amateur draft.

The son of a former big league pitcher, also named Ross Grimsley, Ross II won 124 big league games. He had a 37-25 record and a 3.26 ERA in three seasons with the Reds from 1971-1973 beforer an ill advised trade sent him to Baltimore.

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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.

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  1. That Grimsley trade was for Merv Rettunmund. Grimsley had some more good years in him, Rettunmund didn’t. The Reds needed the pitching more, but as I remember Grimsley whined about the Reds’ strict grooming rules, and Sparky tired of him.

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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.

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