This Day in Reds History: Reds Relievers Rawly and Rhodes

Bob Levey

On this day in Reds history, two former shutdown relievers for Cincinnati were born.

On this day in 1905, the Reds traded rightfielder Jimmy Sebring and infielder Harry Steinfeldt to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Jake Weimer. "Tornado Jake" was very good for Cincinnati in 1906, stumbled a bit in 1907, and slipped even more in 1908. He was out of baseball after three innings for the New York Giants in 1909.

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On this day in 1950, former Red Rawly Eastwick was born in Camden, NJ.

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On this day in 1956, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced that "Birdie" Tebbetts had won the National League Manager of the Year Award. Tebbetts received 160 of the 207 votes. Fred Haney of the Milwaukee Braves finished second while Brooklyn's Walter Alston finished third despite the Dodgers' first place finish. Reds Hall of Famer Fred Hutchinson, then with St. Louis, received one vote.

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On this day in 1969, the Reds sold pitcher Mel Queen to the California Angels. Queen had started his career as a rightfielder in Cincinnati, but completed a reverse-Ankiel after a couple of rough seasons at the plate. As a pitcher, Queen had an outstanding season in 1967 for the Reds when he tossed 195.2 innings of 2.76 ERA (137 ERA+) ball.

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Also on this day in 1969, former Red Arthur "The Colossus of" Rhodes was born in Waco, TX.

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On this day in 1975, the Reds traded Joaquin Andujar to Houston for players to be named later. The Astros later sent Luis Sanchez and Carlos Alfonso to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Andujar went on to have a productive career with a few clubs, most notably with the Whiteyball Cardinals. Sanchez and Alfonso, on the other hand, combined for a whole lot of nothing in their professional careers.

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