Some time ago, we named the top ten catchers in Reds history. It’s time now for the second installment in our “Top Ten” series. Today, we’re going to look at the ten greatest first baseman in the long and illustrious history of the Cincinnati Reds. 1. Joey Votto. 2007-present. This is going to be the […]

(This is the second in a series of articles about Cincinnati Reds pitchers to throw no-hitters. Twelve Red hurlers have thrown no-hitters, including Homer Bailey’s gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Bailey’s no-hitter was the first thrown since Mr. Perfect, Tom Browning, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in 1989, retiring all 27 hitters […]

December 15, 1900: The infamous Frank Robinson trade to the contrary, the Reds make the worst trade in franchise history when they deal future Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson to the New York Giants for end-of-the-line Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusie.

You can read it about it in more detail here. Suffice it to say, Rusie was 0-1 as a Red, making three appearances for them in his last games as a major leaguer. He won 246 games before joining the Reds (246-174, 3.07 ERA career). Mathewson won one game for the Reds, in 1916 after the Reds reacquired him to manage the team. Between 1900 and 1916, Mathewson won 372 games while with the Giants (373-188, 2.13 ERA career, 1-0 with the Reds).

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October 7, 1882: The National League champion Chicago White Stockings return a favor from the previous day by shutting out the American Association champion Cincinnati Red Stockings, 2-0.

The White Stockings, heavily favored as the National League champion over the newly formed American Association champion had lost the first game of the two game set the previous day, 4-0. After having played the first game with their best pitcher, Larry Corcoran, at shortstop, the White Stockings pitched Corcoran the second game and he shutout the AA champion Reds. Two unearned first inning runs were the only runs of the game.

No third game was ever played or ever scheduled. The White Stockings were on their way to play a post season tournament against the second place Providence Grays. The Red Stockings were fined $100 by the American Association for playing a postseason game against league wishes.

October 7, 1919: Chicago White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil singled home Buck Weaver with the go ahead run in the top of the tenth inning as the White Sox defeated the Reds, 5-4. The Reds still lead the best-of-nine series at four games to two.

The Reds had taken a 4-0 lead through four innings before the White Sox scored once in the fifth and three times in the sixth to tie the game. Dickie Kerr went the distance to win the game for the White Sox. Greasy Neale had three hits for the Reds.

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October 5, 1939: Yankees pitcher Monte Pearson holds the Reds hitless for seven and 1/3 innings as the Yankees shutout the Reds, 4-0, to take a two game to none lead in the 1939 World Series.

The Yankees reached Reds starter Bucky Walters for five hits in the third inning, plating three runs, and later added a Babe Dahlgren fourth inning home run to account for all their scoring. The Reds’ Billy Werber was the Reds’ only baserunner before the eighth inning, drawing a fourth inning leadoff walk. However, Werber was erased trying to steal second base as Lonnie Frey struck out. The Reds got their first hit on an Ernie Lombardi single in the eighth inning. Werber got the Reds’ only other hit, a ninth inning single.

October 5, 1940: The Reds’ Paul Derringer pitches a five-hitter to win his first World Series game in six starts as the Reds evened the 1940 World Series at two games each with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Derringer had previously started two World Series games in the 1931 classic while with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 1939 Series with the Reds as well as the opening game in the 1940 Series before notching his first WS victory in this game. His career walk rate was 1.9 in regular season play, but he averaged 4.6 walks per nine innings during his postseason career and he walked six in this 1940 victory. Four different Reds had two hits in this game with Ival Goodman collecting two rbi.

October 5, 1961: The Reds even the 1961 World Series game at one game apiece as Joey Jay pitches a four-hitter while Gordy Coleman and Johnny Edwards each collect two rbi in a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees.

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October 1, 1919: The Reds win their first World Series game in their history, 9-1, over the Chicago White Sox at Redland Field in Cincinnati.

The baseball game story: The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Reds’ leadoff hitter Morrie Rath was hit by a Eddie Cicotte pitch to start the game. Jake Daubert singled Rath to third base and Rath scored on a Heinie Groh sacrifice fly. The White Sox tied the game in the top of the second when Chick Gandil singled home Shoeless Joe Jackson.

The Reds broke it open in the fifth. With one out, Pat Duncan singled to right, but was forced out at second base on a grounder by Larry Kopf. Greasy Neale reached on an infield hit and Ivey Wingo followed with a single, scoring Kopf and advancing Neale to third with Wingo advancing to second base on the throw. Pitcher Dutch Ruether then tripled, scoring two more runs. Rath followed with a double to score Ruether and than Rath scored on a single to right, with Rath advancing to second base on the throw to the plate, the Reds now leading 6-1. The White Sox finally pulled their 29-game winning ace Cicotte, with reliever Roy Wilkinson inducing Groh to fly out to centerfield to end the inning.

The Reds added two insurance runs in the seventh inning when Daubert led off with a triple and scored on a Groh single. Edd Roush reached first safely with Groh advancing to third base when first baseman Gandil mishandled the throw on a sacrifice bunt. Groh then scored on a force out, giving the Reds an 8-1 lead. The Reds scored their ninth and final run in the eighth inning when pitcher Ruether hit his second triple of the game, scoring Neale to provide the Reds winning 9-1 margin.

As a pitcher, Ruether allowed only six hits, and the run allowed was unearned. At the plate, Ruether was 3-3 with a walk, two triples, and three rbi.

Additional story: Baseball’s eyes were alarmed as word got out that the betting odds had changed drastically in the days leading up to the Series. While the Reds had a much better seasonal record (96-44 versus 88-52) the American League was considered to be the stronger league at the time as they had won all but one World Series event during the 1910’s (the only NL team to win was the 1914 Boston Braves). The White Sox had been a 3-1 favorite to win, but had become an 8-5 underdog by the time the Series began.

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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. Reilly was second on the team in home runs with nine in 1883, trailing team leader Charley Jones who had 10.

His first cycle came on September 12, 1883, when he and left handed third baseman Hick Carpenter both went 6-7 in a 27-5 win over the Pittsburgh. The Red Stockings collected a club record 33 hits in the game. Charley Jones had five hits in the game. This is the only game in major league history that two players from the same team had six hits in the same game. Three other Cincinnati players have collected six hits in a game: Tony Cuccinello (1931), Ernie Lombardi (1937), and Walker Cooper (1949).

Reilly’s second cycle came seven days later on September 19 as the Red Stockings defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 12-3 in Cincinnati. For the season, Reilly led the Red Stockings with a .311 batting average, a .485 SLP, an .810 OPS, and an OPS+ of 150. He scored 103 runs in only 98 games and collected 79 rbi.

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August 25, 1965: 23-year-old Tony Perez takes a big step toward establishing his career clutch hitter reputation as he unloads a 9th inning three-run pinch home run off Milwaukee Braves reliever Billy O’Dell in a Reds 7-4 victory in Milwaukee. The Perez home run marks the fourth time in 1965 that the Reds defeat the Braves in Milwaukee on last inning home runs off Braves star reliever O’Dell.

O’Dell was one of the Braves’ best pitchers in 1965. Acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the offseason for catcher Ed Bailey, O’Dell was 10-6 for the Braves with a 2.18 ERA (161 ERA+) and 18 saves. He appeared in 62 games and pitched 111 innings out of the bullpen. He had been a starting pitcher for the Giants, winning 19 games in 1962, but the Braves got him to protect leads for young starters Tony Cloninger (24-11, 3.29) and Wade Blasingame (16-10, 3.77). O’Dell did this very well, except for when pitching against the Reds. Against the 1965 Reds, O’Dell was 0-4 with a 5.14 ERA (for his career, O’Dell was 7-8 vs. the Reds with a 3.71 ERA).

Here’s 1965 game by game:

June 25: Don Pavletich connects for a two-run 11th inning home run with Deron Johnson aboard to give the Reds a 3-1 victory over O’Dell and the Braves. The Reds had scored once in the top of the first on a Johnson single, but the Braves tied it in the fourth when Joe Torre homered off Reds starter Sammy Ellis (Ellis would win 22 games this 1965 season). O’Dell had entered the game to start the tenth inning in relief of Dick Kelley and had retired the first four batters he faced before Johnson singled. One-out later, Pavletich homered to give the Reds their 3-1 lead. Ellis retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the 10th to finish his complete game victory for the Reds. The win kept the Reds in second place, 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves were fourth at this time, five games behind.

June 27: The Reds’ Frank Robinson leads off the top of the ninth inning with a home run off Braves reliever Billy O’Dell to break a 9-9 tie and give the Reds a 10-9 victory in the first game of a double header in Milwaukee. Reds reliever Billy McCool struck out one batter and retired two more on foul flies to save the game for the Reds.

The Reds had built a 9-1 lead on the strength of home runs by Deron Johnson, Tony Perez, and Tommy Harper by the middle of the sixth inning. However, the Braves erupted for eight runs off Reds starter John Tsitouris in the sixth to tie the game at 9-9. Two Reds errors and six Braves hits, including home runs by Frank Bolling and Joe Torre, enabled the Braves to tie the game. McCool was the winning pitcher, pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to get the win.

The Reds won the second game, 10-2, to sweep the doubleheader as Vada Pinson hit a grand slam home run in the fourth and Robinson followed Pinson with a solo shot. Jim Maloney went the distance for the victory. The win moved the second place Reds to within one game of first place, while the Braves were now 4 1/2 games behind the Dodgers.

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August 16, 1961: Behind the shut out pitching of Bob Purkey and Jim O’Toole, the Reds retake first place for good as they sweep a doubleheader from the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Reds entered the contests one game behind the Dodgers for first place. The first game of the doubleheader matched up […]

August 4: Another day where a few short stories may best serve the day. Apparently, August 4 hasn’t been a good day for those with bad tempers in Cincinnati. These stories are pretty much taken from “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:

1960: “Billy Martin punches Cubs pitcher Jim Brewer in the face during a brawl at Wrigley Field. Brewer suffered a fracture of the orbit bone around the right eye. Brewer touched off the incident with a high inside pitch that caused Martin to hit the dirt. Martin swung at the next pitch, but the bat slipped out of his hands and sailed toward the mound, landing about 15 feet from Brewer. Martin walked out to retrieve the bat, and after an exchange of words, the pair begun swinging at each other. The Cubs won the game, 5-3.

On August 5, Martin was fined $500 and suspended five days by National League President Warren Giles. Two weeks later, Brewer and the Cubs hit Martin with a $1,040,000 damage suit, inspiring Martin’s classic response: ‘How do they want it? Cash or check?’ the claim was settled out of court six years later, with Martin paying an amount reported to be between $10,000 and $25,000.”

Another quote attributed to Martin about the incident is found at baseball-reference.com’s bullpen section: “How can they ever collect it? I haven’t got that kind of money.”

Martin had been acquired in the offseason from the Cleveland Indians to man second base for the Reds. The fight with Brewer was his second major brawl of the season, having been involved in a serious fight on May 15 with Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Larry Conley. Martin only played one season for the Reds, batting .246 in 103 games after having played seven seasons for the New York Yankees, the team he would later manage several times (and be fired several times).

For the August 4th game, an Ernie Banks home run had staked the Cubs to a 3-2 lead after six innings, but the Reds tied it in the top of the seventh when super pinch hitter Jerry Lynch singled home Gordy Coleman to tie the game. The Cubs scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Sammy Taylor singled off with one out off Reds pitcher Cal McLish and pinch hitter Don Zimmer followed with a double, Taylor stopping at third. Reliever Bill Henry entered the game to face Bob Will, who singled to left scoring two runs to finalize the scoring.

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July 24, 1965: Joe Nuxhall holds the Astros hitless for 7 1/3 innings before settling for a one-hit shutout in a Reds 2-0 victory in Houston. The win moved the second place Reds to within one game of the first place Dodgers. The Astros’ Turk Farrell held the Reds scoreless through 7 2/3 innings himself, […]

July 23, 1962: Lefty Jim O’Toole retires the first 22 batters he faces before settling for a one-hitter in a Reds 3-0 shut out over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the sixth straight Reds win and kept them in fourth place, 9 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through five innings, O’Toole and Pirate […]