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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 Reds Win the 1990 World Series and Rose Keeps the Reds Alive

October 20, 1972: Pete Rose hit the first pitch of the game for a home run and the Reds later overcame a 4-2 deficit in defeating the Oakland A’s, 5-4, to stay avoid elimination in the 1972 World Series. The Reds now trailed the A’s three-games-to-two through five games. Rose’s first inning homer gave the … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: George Scores and Reggie K’s

October 11, 1968: The Reds trade popular centerfielder Vada Pinson to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Bobby Tolan and reliever Wayne Granger. October 11, 1970: The Reds lose Game 2 of the 1970 World Series to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 6-5, blowing an early lead for the second consecutive day. The … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Mathewson Wins, Flour from the Sky, Runs Without Hits, and Nine Homers

September 4, 1916: Reds manager and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson makes his one and only appearance on the mound for the Reds and, ahem, “fires” a 15 hit-complete game to beat another Hall of Fame pitcher (and former Red) Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and the Cubs, 10-8. The win is an important one, for … Continue reading