April 2, 1996: The Reds win the delayed opener 4-1 over the Expos at Riverfront Stadium. There were 53,136 tickets sold, but the stands were only about half full. Chris Sabo drove in three runs with a double and a single.
After losing 30 of their first 50 games, the Reds rebounded to finish at .500. They remained in contention until the first week of September, thanks to the lack of competition in the NL Central. The Cardinals won the divison with just 88 wins.
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.
Note: This was the year that umpire John McSherry had collapsed and died at home plate in the first inning of the game the day before. The game was postponed and Opening Day was held on April 2nd, an open date on the schedule.
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.