Everyone knows it. Me, Chad, The Nation, everybody. The Reds need to obtain a veteran starting pitcher who can reliably show up on the mound every fifth day, give them (dare I say?) 180 innings of work and anchor the pitching staff. Given that the Reds are a small market team, getting one through free […]
Opening Day starter Scott Feldman was booed 10 minutes after the game started on Monday at Great American Ballpark. For those of you in attendance that day, I understand your frustration. When Cincinnati manager Bryan Price named Feldman as the starter on that sacred day, I instantly sank into a depression. Nothing personal against Feldman, […]
You know, the kids these days love the youtubes. It’s not bad for the old guys, either, largely because there’s a treasure trove of old baseball games. Not just the classic games (like Game 4 of the 1976 World Series), but also some gems like the one below. It’s an early June NBC Game of […]
I spent the Independence Day weekend in our nation’s capital (Washington, D.C., for those of you who flunked Civics), and it was a good time, as always. I lived in that town for three years during the 90s, and it holds a special place in my heart. Since I was with my family on this […]
The Reds have fired pitching coach Mark Riggins, according to a report from Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here is the report: The Cincinnati Reds have fired pitching coach Mark Riggins, the team announced Monday morning. He will be replaced by bullpen coach Mack Jenkins, with Triple-A pitching coach Ted Power taking over Jenkins’ […]
Ted Power, who spent the bulk of his ten-year big league playing career with the Reds (and now serves as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Louisville Bats), joined Redleg Nation Radio this week for a great interview with Jason Linden. Also, Jason and I talked a little about Homer Bailey, Amir Garrett, and a […]
Down on the Farm as a daily feature with coverage of all the minor league games will not be airing here as it has in the past. In this new weekly feature column, however, I’ll attempt to fill the void a bit by highlighting some of the happenings from each team in the previous week […]
Pirates uber-prospect Gerrit Cole had a nice debut last night, making the NLC that much tougher. But what struck me about the rookie was his resemblance – at least in one picture – to one of my childhood favorites. What do you think? Chris
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 […]
In a press release from the Louisville Bats, they announce this year’s coaching staff: Manager: David Bell Hitting: Ryan Jackson Pitching: Ted Power No mention in the press release of where Rick Sweet will be in the organization, but Redszone is reporting that he’s going to be a roving instructor. Thoughts? Bill LackI’ve been a […]
November 6, 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings win their 57th and final “official” game of the 1869 season, 17-8, over the Mutuals of New York. Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright had six hits, including two home runs, and scored six runs to lead the Cincinnati squad to their 57th consecutive win.
The Mutuals did tie the score at 7-7 in the fifth inning, but the Red Stockings scored ten of the final eleven runs to seal the game.
The Red Stockings team batting average was .505 with a slugging percentage of .830. They outscored their opposition 2396-574. George Wright was the leading hitter, batting .633 with 49 home runs. Catcher Doug Allison batted .504, and second baseman Charlie Sweasy and rightfielder Cal McVey both batted .502. Sweasy was second on the team with 30 home runs. Asa Brainard was the club’s pitcher.
Sidney Weil resigns as president of the Reds because of financial difficulties and is replaced by Larry MacPhail. The Central Trust Company held Weil’s stock as collateral for loans, and when Weil was on the verge of bankruptcy, the banking concern took over the ball club. MacPhail was hired by the Central Trust, but the company had no interest in owning the ball club and directed MacPhail to run the Reds day-to-day operations and to find a local buyer for the team.
Bringing on MacPhail was a stroke of genius. The future Hall of Fame executive entered the baseball world at age 40 and had been working for Branch Rickey, the Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals executive. In his first off season with the Reds, MacPhail made seven trades and went about starting to build the Reds farm system. The Reds still finished last in 1934, but began moving up despite a last place misstep in 1937. By 1938 they were contenders and by 1939 they were in the World Series, winning the World Championship in 1940. MacPhail had left by 1936 with Warren Giles overseeing the fruits of MacPhail’s design.
MacPhail was an innovator. Under MacPhail, the Reds became the first team to offer season tickets to it’s fans and the first team to fly by plane on a roadtrip (it was from Cincinnati to Chicago). He built a six-team deep farm system that first offseason, painted Crosley Field, initiated the first night games in major league history (with United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt “hitting” the switch from the White House), and started the Reds radio network (another new baseball idea) with Hall of Fame Red Barber behind the microphone. He also recruited local businessman Powel Crosley to buy the team and Crosley owned the team until his death in 1961.
MacPhail’s time with the Reds came to an end in 1936. According to “The Ballclubs” by Donald Dewey and Nicolas Acocella:
For all his business foresight and association with Crosley, MacPhail was not quite a darling of the organization’s board of directors. He insisted on running the Reds by reinvesting profits in further promotions and renovations–denying dividends to stockholders while he himself sat on a hefty base salary and an attendance bonus. Whenever this strategy was challenged, MacPhail went into a temper tantrum, daring the board to do without him. In September, 1936, one such scene ended with the general manager punching out Crosley. It took only a few days for the club to announce that MacPhail had “resigned,” and was being replaced…
MacPhail later was president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and GM, President, and owner of the New York Yankees. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978. His son, Lee MacPhail, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998.
November 6, 1987: The Reds trade pitcher Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Danny Jackson and shortstop Angel Salazar. This was a major trade in Reds history as much for determining that Barry Larkin was the team’s shortstop of the future in addition to the acquisition of Jackson.
Stillwell had been the Reds #1 draft choice in 1983, the second pick overall. The Reds drafted Larkin in the 1984 first round (the fourth overall pick overall) and both made the majors in 1986, Larkin at age 22 and Stillwell at age 21. Stillwell played only ten games in the minors in 1986 and was with the Reds for most of the season. Larkin came up in August and played 2b in his first major league game with Stillwell at shortstop. By 1987, Larkin was getting more and more time at shortstop with Stillwell beginning to play other infield positions as Larkin began to showcase his all-star skills.
September 30, 1869: Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright slugs four home runs and collects ten hits as the Cincinnati Reds Stockings defeated the Pacifics of San Francisco, 54-5. September 30, 1894: The Reds blow the biggest lead in major league history in a tie-game that was called because of darkness with the score of […]