TDIRH: Reds acquire Vander Meer, Morris

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On this day in Reds history, three former Reds passed away, and Cincinnati acquired two players that were key to World Series championships.

On this day in 1908, the Reds traded catcher Admiral Schlei to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Art Fromme and lefty Ed "Loose" Karger.

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On this day in 1913, the Reds traded leftfielder Bob Bescher to the New York Giants for catcher Grover Hartley and infielder Buck Herzog.

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On this day in 1935, the Reds bought Johnny Vander Meer from the Boston Braves.

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On this day in 1937, former Red Rube Benton died in Dothan, AL at age 47. Benton pitched for the Reds from 1910 into the 1915 season and again from 1923 through 1925. The lefty led the league in games (50), games started (39), hit batsmen (18), and home runs per nine innings (0.1) for the Reds in 1912.

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On this day in 1975, the Reds traded righty reliever and Reds Hall of Famer Clay Carroll to the Chicago White Sox for prospect Jeff Sovern and lefty reliever Rich Hinton. This was not one of Bob Howsam's better moves as Carroll remained productive for two more seasons while neither Sovern or Hinton panned out for Cincinnati.

Also on this day in 1975, the Reds traded righty starter Clay Kirby to the Montreal Expos for leftfielder/corner infielder Bob Bailey.

Also on this day in 1975, the Reds traded infielder Darrel Chaney to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Mike Lum.

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On this day in 1983, former Red Jim Weaver died in Lakeland, FL at the age of 80. The St. Louis Browns sold Weaver to the Reds during the 1938 season. He pitched 129.1 innings for Cincinnati in 1938 with a 3.13 ERA (118 ERA+). In 1939, Weaver appeared three times for the Reds before Cincinnati assigned him back to the Browns. He did not play another major league game after the assignment.

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On this day in 1986, former Red Johnny Wyrostek died in St. Louis at the age of 67. An outfielder, Wyrostek played in Cincinnati from 1948 into the 1952 season, when he was traded to Philadelphia. Wyrostek slashed .278/.353/.404 as a Red.

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On this day in 1989, the Reds traded righty reliever Tim Leary and outfielder Van Snider to the New York Yankees for first baseman Hal Morris and catcher prospect Rodney Imes. Morris had a big year in 1990 for the World Series champion Reds, slashing a robust .340/.381/.498 (136 OPS+) in 336 plate appearances. His performance earned him a third place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting.

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On this day in 2002, the Reds traded second baseman Todd Walker to the Boston Red Sox for players to be named later. On December 16th, the Red Sox sent prospects Josh Thigpen and Tony Blanco to Cincinnati to complete the trade.

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Buckeye Brawler and ams78 each earned a point again yesterday.

1) In which two ballparks did Johnny Vander Meer pitch his consecutive no-hitters? The answers have to be in order to earn the point.

2) Which two players finished ahead of Hal Morris in the 1990 Rookie of the Year voting? The answers have to be in order to earn the point (Rookie of the Year first, second place player second).

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