Chapmania / Nasty Boys

Billy McCool, Cordero and Chapman: A History of Reds Closers

The “save” didn’t become an official statistic in baseball until 1969, although it had been tracked for years. The definition of a save itself was defined in 1960 by Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman but it has been redefined, examined and criticized since. (The first official “save” went to Bill Singer on Opening Day 1969, who … Continue reading

1990 Reds / Big Red Machine / Reds - General / Reds History / Reds Trivia / Reinstatement of Pete Rose

This Day in Reds History: The Reds Win their 1st World Series; Tragedy Strikes; Two Great Manager Decisions; and Rose’s Revenge

October 9, 1876: The first National League Cincinnati Reds team finished the worst season in Reds history with an 11-0 lost to the Hartford Dark Blues. The Reds, or Porkopolitans as they were sometimes called, went 9-56, a .138 won-loss percentage, and finished 42 1/2 games behind the first place Chicago White Stockings. The first … Continue reading

1990 Reds / Reds - General / Reds History / Reds Trivia

This Day in Reds History: Don Gullett Makes His Presence Known and 1964 Falls Short

October 4, 1902: The Pittsburgh Pirates set a new major league record with 103 wins as they defeat a disinterested Cincinnati Reds team, 11-2, in Pittsburgh. Rain had dampened the grounds in Pittsburgh and the Reds did not want to play, but the Pirates insisted on playing the game to have a chance at playing … Continue reading

Reds History

This Day in Reds History: Forgotten Heroes

September 24, 1924: Reds starting pitcher Carl Mays wins his 20th game of the season as the Reds defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-6. Oh, wait…may be this happened on September 20th…’s bullpen says it’s the 24th of September, as does “Redleg Journal” (by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder), but’s team pages say it was … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Reilly’s Cycles and Robinson’s 1964 Walk-Off

September 19, 1883: Within nine days, Cincinnati Red Stockings star first baseman John Reilly twice hits for the cycle and becomes the first Cincinnati player to homer twice in the same game. The hot streak began on September 10, when Reilly hit two inside-the-park home runs as the Red Stockings defeated the Pittsburgh Alleghenies, 12-6. … Continue reading