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This Day in Reds History: Reds Deal Alex and Chico for Pedro and Jim

November 25, 1969: The Reds trade outfielder Alex Johnson and infielder Chico Ruiz to the California Angels for pitchers Jim McGlothlin, Pedro Borbon, and Vern Geishert. We discussed this trade in our Redleg Trade Review Series on July 27th, 2009. Johnson was an outstanding hitter tormented by personal demons. The Society for American Baseball Research … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Bobby Tolan Traded; George Foster Wins MVP

November 9, 1973: The Reds trade disgruntled outfielder Bobby Tolan and relief pitcher Dave Tomlin to the San Diego Padres for starting pitcher Clay Kirby. Tolan had been acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals along with reliever Wayne Granger on October 11, 1968 for popular star Reds outfielder Vada Pinson. Pinson played for seven more … 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