May 11, 1899: Noodles Hahn shuts out the Pirates, 1-0 in Pittsburgh and drives in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning.
Hahn was spectacular as a 20 year old rookie for the Reds in 1899. He had a 23-7 record, completed 32 of his 34 starts, and led the league in strikeouts (145) and ERA (2.41). IN his firs six seasons with the Reds, Hahn won 122 games with teams that were never in pennant contention. He averaged 318 innings of pitching during those seasons however, and the work took its toll on his arm. Hahn was washed up by the time he was 26 years old.
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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