Today in Cincinnati Reds history…
1932: The Reds acquire “Sunny” Jim Bottomley from the Cardinals in exchange for Estel Crabtree and Ownie Carroll. Bottomley was a former MVP for St. Louis — and an eventual Hall of Famer — but he was on the tail end of a great career. As noted by Redleg Journal:
[Bottomley] proved to be another of the over-the-hill, overpaid former stars acquired by the Reds from other clubs in the 1920s and 1930s. That group included Harry Heilmann, Bob Meusel, George Kelly, Babe Herman, George Grantham, Mark Koenig, Dazzy Vance, Chick Hafey, Kiki Cuyler, Wally Berger, and Al Simmons. Crabtree, who hailed from Crabtree,
Ohio, played for the Reds again during World War II
Bottomley hit .265/.311/.392 in his three-year stint for the Reds. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 by the Veteran’s Committee.
Sources: Redleg Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer archives.