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Billy McCool, Cordero and Chapman: A History of Reds Closers

The “save” didn’t become an official statistic in baseball until 1969, although it had been tracked for years. The definition of a save itself was defined in 1960 by Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman but it has been redefined, examined and criticized since. (The first official “save” went to Bill Singer on Opening Day 1969, who … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Kelly Slides His Last Slide; Williamson Wins Rookie of Year

November 8, 1894: Future Hall of Famer King Kelly dies of pneumonia in Boston, MA. As baseball-reference.com says, Kelly may have been the most popular player of the 19th Century. Kelly was 36 years-old at the time of his passing, having played his last major league season the previous year. Kelly twice played for Cincinnati … Continue reading

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This Day in Reds History: Road Trip, Jake Beckley, Walks Haunt, and Playoff Hopes

September 26, 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings open a 13-day stay in San Francisco with a 35-4 victory over the Eagles. The Red Stockings play five games against San Francisco teams during this time and win all five matches by an average score of 56-6. A little history of an 1869 road trip from “Redleg … Continue reading