April 27, 1893: Seven weeks after Grover Cleveland is inaugurated as President for the second time, the Reds defeat Chicago, 10-1, at League Park.
From 1884 through 1893, the Reds ballpark was open to the B&O Railroad yards to the west. During the 1893 opener, some 50 fans sat atop box cards to gain a free view of the game. According to the Enquirer, “an engine backed up, hooked on, and away went the freight cars and spectators up Millcreek Valley. The thousands in the stands who put up good money laughed loud and long.”
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.