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This Day in Reds History: Reds Trade Hal McRae and Wayne Simpson

December 1, 1972: The Reds trade hitter-formerly injured 2b-turned-outfielder Hal McRae and injured pitching phenom Wayne Simpson to the Kansas City Royals for reserve outfielder Richie Scheinblum and formerly injured pitching phenom Roger Nelson. It wasn’t a good deal for the Reds, but it was a good change of scenery for the participants. McRae had … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Joe Morgan Wins 2nd MVP

November 24, 1976: On this date, Reds second baseman Joe Morgan wins his second consecutive Most Valuable Player Award. Joe Morgan had his best professional season in 1976, batting .320 with 27 home runs, 111 runs batted in, 113 runs scored, 30 doubles, 60 stolen bases, 114 walks, and a Gold Glove. He led the … 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 Real Winners of the 1975 World Series

October 22, 1920: The 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling conspirators are officially in trouble. From the bullpen section of baseball-reference.com: Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for supposedly throwing the 1919 World Series. Although considered heavy favorites to win the Series, the White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds in eight games … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Reds Sweep Yanks; the Curveball Curves; the Greatest Game; and Nolan Always Starts on 10-21

October 21, 1877: Does the curveball really curve or is it an optical illusion? It’s easy for us to see today with digital graphics, but even when I was a child, I would sometimes come across “scientific” sports articles discussing the physics of how a pitched baseball curved or whether it was actually an optical … Continue reading