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This Day in Reds History: The Reds Make the First Trade of Reserved Clause Players

November 15, 1886: The Cincinnati Reds completed the first trade of “reserved” players in Major League history when they traded catcher Jack Boyle and $350 to the St. Louis Browns for outfielder Hugh Nicol. The reserve clause is part of the anti-trust exemption granted Major League Baseball when it comes to interstate commerce that deals … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: The Reds Disband; Tebbets (and others) Named Manager of the Year

October 24, 1879: The Cincinnati Reds, an organization in disarray, are disbanded by Reds president, J. W. Neff, in a move that destroys a team of promising young players at one of the more critical points in early baseball history. The 1876 and 1877 Reds were abysmal teams, finishing the seasons with records of 9-56 … Continue reading

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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

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This Day in Reds History: The Cream Rises, Missed Opportunities, and more Chico Surprises

October 2, 1877: The Reds finish one of their worst season in Cincinnati baseball history, by losing to the Chicago White Stockings, 13-1. The 1877 Reds, who had disbanded and restarted at mid-season, finish the year 15-42 in last place, 25 1/2 games behind the first place Boston Red Caps. The Red Caps were remnants … 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

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This Day in Reds History: Lots of Innings, Strikeouts, Home Runs, and Excellent Relief

September 15, 1885: Rookie Cincinnati Red Stockings pitcher George Pechiney defeats the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in Baltimore. Pechiney joined the Red Stockings in August after pitching in the minors and started 11 games down the stretch. He went 7-4 with a 2.02 ERA (161 ERA+) during the last few weeks of the season. The 1885 … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Historic Firsts and Woody’s 10 Consecutive Hits

September 6, 1877: From “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder: “In a game filled with three historic ‘firsts,’ the Reds shutout Louisville, 1-0. Reds pitcher Bobby Mitchell becomes the first left-hander to start a game in major league history and his delivery baffled the Louisville hitters. This was also the first shutout in … Continue reading