Clean Enough

Today’s pick from the vault doubles as This Day in Baseball History.   On March 8, 1923, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ruled that Giants pitcher Rube Benton could sign with the Reds, even though Benton had admitted to having advance knowledge of the plot to fix the 1919 World Series. This surprising decision overruled the ruling of the independent NL President John Heydler, who had banned Benton for “undesirability.” The Reds, for whom Benton had played from 1910-15, were able to use him for the 1923 season. Benton pitched through 1925, and ranks in the Reds all-time top 50 pitchers in WAR, Wins, Saves (it only takes 10 to get you in the top 50), IP, Strikeouts, Complete Games, and Shutouts.  Benton’s is a very interesting story. Check it out here.

Benton as a Red in 1913.

For reference, that road uniform he’s wearing is navy blue.

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  1. I’d always heard that the club adopted blue as a second color to distance — the “Reds” — from association with Communism. Seriously.

  2. What on earth is the guy doing in the background with the stick?

  3. I love the first 2 photos you’ve posted. Next they do a throw back-uniform that would be a wild choice.

  4. Since the Reds name refers to the color of socks I guess in theory the uni could be any color as long as the socks/stirrups are red.

    The championship team from 39 & 40 have my favorite style uni ever hope the bring it back some day. White top and pants with navy background to the Reds logo Navy hat with red C at home navy hat with red C and red bill on the road.

    The civil rights game they wore this at home and when the Dodgers wore their Brooklyn unis the Reds wore the away version I think the home 40s unis would make a nice Sunday uniform

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