On this day in 1895, Harry Wright of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings died in Atlantic City. While his brother George was regarded as the better player, Harry managed the Red Stockings and handled many of the business affairs of the team. After five seasons (used loosely) in Cincinnati (1866-1870), Harry Wright moved on to Boston as a player and a manager. After managerial stints in Providence and Philadelphia, Wright retired following the 1893 season. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1953.
On this day in 1911, former Red George Burns made his major league debut. Burns played for Cincinnati from 1922 through 1924. He led the league in games, plate appearances, and walks in 1923.
On this day in 1919, the Chicago White Sox beat the Reds 3-0 in game three of the World Series at old Comiskey Park. Rookie hurler Dickey Kerr led the way for Chicago with a three hit shutout (game score of 84). Kerr struck out four and walked one. Black Sox "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (2-3, run) and Chick Gandil (1-3, 2 RBI) also played well. Cincinnati's Dolf Luque became the first Hispanic-American to appear in the World Series when he pitched the bottom of the eighth inning in relief. Luque retired the side in order and recorded a strikeout. With the victory, the White Sox reduced the Reds' series lead to 2-1.
On this day in 1940, the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 at Crosley Field to even the World Series at one game apiece. Bucky Walters pitched nine innings for the Reds while leftfielder Jimmy Ripple smashed a two-run homer to right to provide the winning margin.