October 19, 1964: Reds Manager Fred Hutchinson resigns his post citing his poor health. His last public appearance had been on his 45th birthday, August 12, of that season where he was presented a 500# birthday cake and gifts. By that time, Hutchinson had lost 25 pounds suffering from cancer. He died on November 12 and the Reds immediately retired his Number 1 from usage.

For his managerial career, Hutchinson managed the Reds/Redlegs for all or part of six seasons. His overall record was 443-372, including winning the 1961 National League pennant. Lifetime, Hutchinson managed in 12 seasons with a record of 830-827; in addition to his six seasons with the Reds, Hutchinson managed the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals for three seasons apiece.

The interim manager for 1964, Dick Sisler was named as Hutchinson’s replacement. Sisler had gone 32-21 subbing for Hutchinson late in 1964 and was 89-73 in 1965 for the Reds.

October 19, 1972: The Oakland A’s score two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to take a three-games-to-one lead over the Reds with a 3-2 victory.

The A’s Gene Tenace provided the only run of the first seven innings of the game with a fifth inning home run off Reds starter Don Gullett. Tenace’s home run was the first hit of the game allowed by Gullett. Gullett allowed five hits over seven innings, but only the one run. The Reds took the lead with two runs in the eighth inning off A’s starter Ken Holtzman and reliever Vida Blue. Dave Concepcion led off with an infield single and was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Julian Javier. One out later, Joe Morgan walked and then both he and Concepcion scored on a double by Bobby Tolan.

Pedro Borbon was pitching as the Reds faced the A’s in the bottom of the ninth. Borbon induced Mike Hegan to ground out and the pinch hitter Gonzalo Marquez singled to center. (Marquez had only eight regular season hits, going 8-23; in the World Series, Marquez was used a pinch hitter five times and getting three hits after going 2-3 vs. the Detroit Tigers, giving him a postseason, .625 batting average, 5-8.). Clay Carroll was called on to relieve Borbon, with “pinch running specialist” Allan Lewis called to run for Marquez. Tenace singled off Carroll, with Lewis stopping at second. Pinch hitter Don Mincher singled to center to score Lewis, tying the game at 2-2 with Tenace advancing to third. The A’s third pinch hitter of the inning, Angel Mangual, then singled to right field to score Tenace with the game-winning run.

Johnny Bench and Tony Perez both had two hits in the games for the Reds.

October 19, 1976: Dan Driessen goes 3-3, with a homer, a double, and a walk to lead the Reds to a commanding three-games-to-none lead in the 1976 World Series by defeating the New York Yankees, 6-2, in New York.

The Reds opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the second inning. Driessen reached on an infield single then stole second base. George Foster doubled, scoring Driessen. Johnny Bench reached on an infield single with Foster advancing to third. Foster scored when Bench was forced at second on a Cesar Geronimo ground ball. Geronimo then scored on a Dave Concepcion single. The Reds took a 4-0 lead when Driessen homered to lead off the fourth inning off Yankees starter Dock Ellis.

The Yankees scored once in the bottom of the fourth inning when Oscar Gamble singled home Chris Chambliss and they made it 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jim Mason homered off Reds starter Pat Zachry. The Reds iced it in the eighth when they scored two more runs. Pete Rose and Ken Griffey both singled off reliever Grant Jackson. Joe Morgan doubled to right scoring Rose with Griffey stopping at third base. Dick Tidrow relieved Jackson and Tony Perez hit into a fielder’s choice with Griffey out in a rundown between third and home on the ground ball with Morgan advancing to third and Perez to second on the play. Driessen was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Foster singled to left to score Morgan and give the Reds a 6-2 lead.

In addition to Driessen’s three hits, Rose, Bench, and Foster all had two.

October 19, 1990: Chris Sabo hits two homers and the Reds score seven times in the third inning to defeat the Oakland A’s, 8-3, in Oakland. The win gave the Reds a commanding three games to none lead in the World Series.

Sabo scored the first run of the game when he led off the second inning with a home run off A’s starter Mike Moore. The A’s took a brief lead in the bottom half of the inning when Harold Baines connected for a two-run homer off Reds starter and winner Tom Browning. The Reds ran away with the game with the seven-run third inning. With one out, Billy Hatcher singled to left, while Paul O’Neill reached on an error with Hatcher stopping at second base. Eric Davis singled home Hatcher, with O”Neill advancing to third and Davis to second on the throw to third base. O’Neill scored on a Hal Morris ground out, with Davis moving to third. Sabo then slugged his second home run in as many innings to give the Reds a 5-2 lead. The Reds chased Moore after the next batter, Todd Benzinger, singled. The A’s brought on Scott Sanderson to pitch, but a Sanderson wild pitch advanced Benzinger to second. Joe Oliver doubled in Benzinger and then Oliver scored on a Mariano Duncan single. Duncan stole second before Barry Larkin lined a triple to center field to score the seventh and final run of the inning, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead. The final run of the game came in the bottom of the third on a solo home run by the A’s Rickey Henderson.

Sabo was the Reds hitting star with two homers and three rbi. Larkin, Hatcher, Davis, Benzinger, and Oliver had two safeties for the Reds. Rob Dibble and Randy Myers combined to pitch three innings of one-hit shutout baseball for the Reds.

3 Responses

  1. pinson343

    Hutch was a great leader and manager, my favorite Reds’ manager.

    1976 and 1990: The sweeps look inevitable. Driessen and Sabo were awesome in their respective game 3s.

  2. pinson343

    I remember Ken Hunt, starting pitcher. Got off to a good start in 1961 and became a forgotten man.