“I want the voting in the hands of the fans, but not if they make a joke out of it.” Frank Lane St Louis Cardinals General Manager, 1957 Current Reds owner Bob Castellini likely remembers the above quote; if not, he certainly remembers the incident that generated it. For it’s his reintroduction of Mr. Redlegs […]
A Loyal Citizen of the Nation alerted me to this interesting piece over at The Hardball Times: Some players are just destined to be overlooked. Consider the case of George Crowe. The former Negro Leagues and National League first baseman died on Jan. 18, at the age of 89, yet there was nary a mention […]
October 8, 1904: Rookie second baseman Miller Huggins strokes three triples in an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. The Reds’ win enabled them to sweep a doubleheader as they won the first game, 6-0.
The Reds were second in the league in 1904 with 92 triples, 10 behind Pittsburgh’s 102. Cy Seymour and Joe Kelley both tied for third in the league with 13 triples. Rookie Huggins finished with seven. For the season, Huggins batted .263 with a .377 OBP (OPS+ 110). Over six seasons with the Reds, Huggins batted .260 with a .362 OBP. He played 13 major league seasons, but is most famous for managing the New York Yankees to their first six World Series titles.
The 1904 Reds finished the season 88-65, in third place, 18 games behind the New York Giants. Seymour was their most effective hitter, batting .313 with 26 doubles and 13 triples (134 OPS+), while manager-1b Kelley batted .281 with 21 doubles and 13 triples (OPS+ 121). The Reds’ asset was their pitching, for they had six starting pitchers with ERA+ of 112 or higher. The Reds were third in the league with an ERA of 2.34. Jack Harper was 23-9 with a 2.30 ERA; Noodles Hahn was 16-18 with a 2.06 ERA; and Tom Walker was 15-8 with a 2.24 ERA. Win Kellum was 15-10 with a 2.60 ERA.
October 8, 1919: The Chicago White Sox get a complete game victory from Ed Cicotte and two run singles from both Shoeless Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch as they pull within four games to three by defeating the Reds, 4-1, in the seventh game of the World Series. The major principals for the White Sox were all later said to have been in on the Black Sox fix for the Series. Dolf Luque pitched four innings on one-hit shutout baseball in relief for the Reds.
October 8, 1939: The Yankees score three times in the tenth inning to sweep the 1939 World Series from the Reds. The Reds made four errors in the final game of the 1939 Series, and included the play noted for “Lombardi’s Snooze.”
September 21, 1889: Four ninth inning errors by the St. Louis Browns allow the Cincinnati Red Stockings to score four runs and win the game, 5-4.
Keep in mind, it was not uncommon for teams to make lots of errors in games back in 1889. In fact, the average team would make about four fielding errors per game. However, four in one inning was excessive even at that time.
The 1889 American Association Red Stockings would finish the season 76-63 in fourth place, 18 games behind the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The Red Stockings’ best player of the year was 29-year-old rookie pitcher, Jesse Duryea who went 32-19 with a 2.56 ERA (155 ERA+). 22-year-old Lee Viau finished the year 22-20 with a 3.79 ERA. The leading hitter was 23-year-old rookie outfielder Bug Holliday, who batted .321 and led the AA with 19 home runs to go with 104 rbi.
September 21, 1955: Gus Bell goes 4-4 including a double, a grand slam home run, and eight rbi to lead the Cincinnati Redlegs to a 14-5 win over the Milwaukee Braves.
Bell’s grand slam came in the bottom of the first inning with one out and the Reds never looked back. Teammate Ted Kluszewski also had four hits on the day including a home run. Pitcher Johnny Klippstein went the distance to get the win.
June 24, 1970–Johnny Bench and Lee May hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake the San Francisco Giants and give the Reds a 5-4 win in the last Reds’ game played at Crosley Field.
The Giants had taken a 4-2 lead through the middle of the fifth inning, when Pete Rose stroked a one-out double. Bobby Tolan followed with a single to centerfield off Giants starter Juan Marichal to score Rose with Tolan moving to second base on the throw to the plate. Tolan was erased when he was caught off second base on a Tony Perez grounder to third base. The inning ended when Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench forced Perez at second base on a grounder to shortstop.
The Reds threatened in the seventh when Pete Rose hit a one-out triple to right field, but was left stranded when Tolan grounded to second and Perez grounded to first. The Reds took the lead for good in the eighth when Bench clubbed his 25th home run of the season and May followed with his 19th to give the Reds the lead. Reliever Don McMahon replaced Marichal and promptly hit Reds’ rookie Bernie Carbo with a pitch, and Reds’ supersub, Jimmy Stewart was called to run for Carbo who had to leave the game. Stewart was thrown out stealing and McMahon retired the final two Reds’ hitters of the inning with the Reds leading 5-4. Reds’ closer Wayne Granger pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.
The 1970 Reds had six exceptional offensive players in their everyday lineup: Rose (seasonal OPS .855), Tolan (.860), Perez (.990), Bench (.932), May (.782), and Carbo (1.004). They were even more amazing at the time of Crosley’s closing: Rose (.877), Tolan (.900), Perez (1.133), Bench (1.032), May (.870), and Carbo (1.084). They all slumped after Crosley’s closing and it took the Reds through 1971 to retool the team to take advantage of the new field properties.
On May 26, 1956, Johnny Klippstein, Hersh Freeman, and Joe Black combined to no-hit the Milwaukee Braves for 9 2/3 innings, but the Redlegs lost the game, 2-1, in 11 innings. The Braves scored their first run early. Starter Klippstein gave up a run in the second when he hit a batter and walked two […]