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This Day in Reds History - May 24

On this date in 1935, in the first night game in Major League baseball history, the Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.

 

Also, on this day in 1964, Sammy Ellis fired a complete game against the Cubs in Crosley Field, striking out 13. Ellis would finish the season with a 10-3 record.

PPaul Derringer tossed a complete game to lead the Reds to the 2-1 win over the Phillies. First Baseman Billy Sullivan (who should be an honorary RedReporter for his bad pun) went 2 for 3 with a run scored lead the offense. Here are some selected quotes from, and about, that game:

"There is no chance of night baseball ever being popular in the bigger cities. People there are educated to see the best there is and will stand for only the best. High-class baseball cannot be played at night under artificial light." - Clark Griffith, Washington Owner

"The field showed up in a more uniform light, green and tan, than it does in daytime... What clouds there were were so thin that the ball, when it flew high, shone through them like a bald head in a steam room. And when there was no mist, the sphere stood out against the sky like a pearl against dark velvet." - James T. Golden, Cincinnati Enquirer

"No pun intended, but there was electricity in the air - on the field, in the stands and in the dugout. Ballplayers did not get blase. They got fired up, too." - Billy Sullivan, First Baseman, Reds

Philadelphia Phillies         Cincinnati Reds
1 Lou Chiozza 2B 1 Billy Myers SS
2 Ethan Allen CF 2 Lew Riggs 3B
3 Johnny Moore RF 3 Ival Goodman RF
4 Dolph Camilli 1B 4 Billy Sullivan 1B
5 Johnny Vergez 3B 5 Harlin Pool LF
6 Al Todd C 6 Gilly Campbell C
7 George Watkins LF 7 Samuel Byrd CF
8 Mickey Haslin SS 8 Alex Kampouris 2B
9 Joe Bowman P 9 Paul Derringer P

 

Check out the website http://www.crosley-field.com  and then look for the book about the first night game "Let there be Light" by Bob Payne

 

On this day in 1964, Sammy Ellis fired a complete game against the Cubs in Crosley Field, striking out 13, in the second game of a double header. The Reds won the first game 6-5. Ellis would finish the season with a 10-3 record.

The Reds won easily 12-4 with the offense collecting 15 hits to back Ellis. Vada Pinson and Pete Rose led the "O" with 3 hits and 3 RBI each.

 

Chicago Cubs         Cincinnati Reds
1 Jimmy Stewart 2B 1 Pete Rose 2B
2 Lou Brock RF 2 Tommy Harper LF
3 Billy Williams LF 3 Vada Pinson CF
4 Ron Santo 3B 4 Deron Johnson 1B
5 Ernie Banks 1B 5 Frank Robinson RF
6 Andre Rodgers SS 6 Leo Cardenas SS
7 Merritt Ranew C 7 Johnny Edwards C
8 Billy Cowan CF 8 Steve Boros 3B
9 Paul Toth P 9 Sammy Ellis P
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