September 16, 1961: The Reds trade Claude Osteen to the Senators for Dave Sisler.

This ranks as one of the worst deals in Reds history. At the time of the trade, Osteen had a 5.07 ERA in 60 innings, but had just turned 22. He went on to win 196 major league games, and was twice a 20 game winner with the Dodgers. Sisler, whose father George was a HOF first baseman and brother Dick was a Reds coach, pitched one year 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.

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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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