I love the Cincinnati Reds. I shouldn’t actually have to say that, since I’ve been writing about the Reds — and demonstrating my obsession with this infernal team — nearly every single day here at Redleg Nation for the last nine seasons. But make no mistake: I love the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball Club, […]

Baseball-reference.com has published a listing of all pitchers who have started post-season games under the age of 24.29 years. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tonight and he’s 24.29 years of age. For those who fear young starters in such “high pressure games, the research shows there have been 156 pitchers make post […]

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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On May 27, 1980, the Reds took advantage of consecutive home runs from Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, and Dan Driessen in the third inning off Don Sutton to beat the Dodgers in Riverfront Stadium, 6-1. The win over the Dodgers moved the Reds into a virtual second place tie with the Houston Astros, two […]