This week’s respondents are Nick Doran, Nick Carrington, the inimitable Mary Beth Ellis, and Chad Dotson. Our Daily Reds Obsession: Which particular Reds team was your favorite? Nick D: I was too young to remember the Big Red Machine days, so I will take the 1999 Reds team that won 96 games and missed the […]

The trade deadline rapidly approaches, and I expect the rumor mill to start spitting out nonsense at any moment. The Reds could use some help in a couple of areas, and we’re already hearing that they’ll look for relievers (again), but get ready for the silly season. That’s not why I’m gathering you here today, […]

2013 is looking good so far. Despite injuries to their #1 starter, starting leftfielder and cleanup hitter and catcher, the Reds are thick in the race for the Division as Memorial Day awaits. Their MVP is a Boy Named Choo, Votto is hitting like Votto and Bruce looks like he is in the beginning of […]

October 3, 1890: Reds owner Aaron Stern sells the Reds to a group of investors, headed by Albert Johnson, who are tied to the newly formed Players League. The Reds temporarily withdraw from the National League just one year after being readmitted to the league following their 1890 banishment.

October 3, 1891: John Reilly smashes three triples in a game for the second time in his career as the Reds defeat the Chicago Colts, 15-9, in Chicago. Reilly is one of only four players, and the only Red, to hit three triples in a game twice in their careers. The win keeps the Reds out of last place as they finish the season 56-81, one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

October 3, 1919: The Reds lose the first World Series game in their history, 3-0, to the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. The Reds now lead the White Sox in the Series, two games to one.

Rookie Dickie Kerr pitched a three-hitter and walked one to pitch the White Sox to victory. Kerr retired the last 15 batters of the game allowing only three runners to reach second base during the game.

Dolf Luque pitches one inning in the game for the Reds, becoming the first Hispanic American to appear in a World Series game.

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September 29, 1879: From baseball-reference.com’s bullpen:

Baseball’s reserve clause is born. National League owners, seeking to limit player salaries, led by Boston’s Arthur Soden come to a secret agreement whereby five players on each team will be “reserved” – off limits to all other clubs. The reserve clause will be in effect for the 1880 season. The owners tell the newspapers that they have agreed upon a uniform contract with no salary advances.

I don’t think they could get away with that today….

September 29, 1919: Also from baseball-reference.com’s bullpen:

Arnold Rothstein decides to finance the World Series fix. The plan calls for Nat Evans to give a $40,000 advance to Sport Sullivan to give to the players with an additional $40,000 to be put in a safe at the Hotel Congress in Chicago, IL. Evans takes $29,000 and bets on the Cincinnati Reds, giving Chick Gandil only $10,000.

The 1919 Reds were an incredible 96-44 during 1919. The Chicago White Sox were 88-52.

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August 17, 1984: Pete Rose, newly reacquired and named “manager-player” of the Cincinnati Reds, makes a triumphant return to his hometown. Playing first base and batting second, Rose singles in his first at bat in his return as a Red, scoring Gary Redus from second base to tie the game at 1-1. After the ball […]

On May 22, 1901, Reds hurler Noodles Hahn set a Reds team record by striking out 16 Boston Beaneaters (now the Braves) in a 4-3 Reds victory. This Reds record stood alone until Jim Maloney tied the record on May 21, 1963. The victory gave the Reds a 15-8 record, seven games above .500, and […]

On May 19, 1999, the Reds partied like it was, well, partied like it was 1999, scoring 24 runs on 28 hits, including six homers in bashing the Colorado Rockies, 24-12. It probably would not surprise you to know that this game was played at Coors Field. Jeffrey Hammonds led the onslaught with three home […]

Baseball historian and current Boston Red Sox executive Bill James was recently asked about the impressive back-to-back pitching performances of Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey on his website the other day. His response? The back-to-back pitching performances of this quality are certainly unusual, and my intuition would be that it is more likely meaningful than […]

February 2, 1999: Greg Vaughn is traded by the San Diego Padres with Mark Sweeney to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh Harris (minors), Damian Jackson and Reggie Sanders.

July 31, 1999: Juan Guzman is traded by the Baltimore Orioles with cash to the Cincinnati Reds for Jacobo Sequea (minors) and B.J. Ryan.

October 28, 1999: Greg Vaughn is granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1999: Juan Guzman is granted Free Agency.

December 13, 1999: Greg Vaughn is signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

January 8, 2000: Juan Guzman is signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Reds had finished first in the first two years of the newly created National League Central in both 1994 and 1995, but then finished at .500 in 1996 and below .500 in both 1997 and 1998. After having the second highest payroll in the National League in 1995, the Reds’ payroll was being continually slashed and Reds General Manager Jim Bowden was having to find creative ways to bring quality players to the Reds. The Reds often opened spring training with a myriad of players hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and showing a return to form to get another chance in the major leagues.

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More very interesting information about Edinson Volquez, after his brilliant performance last night: Edinson Volquez allowed only one hit in eight innings in his 3–0 win over the Astros on Wednesday, after giving up just one hit in five innings in a loss to the Braves in his last start. The last pitcher with consecutive […]