This Day in Reds History: Hugh Nicol nabs bases

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On this day in Reds history, the speedy Hugh Nicol was born.

On this day in 1858, former Red Stocking Hugh Nicol was born in Campsie, Stirling, U.K. Nicol played for Cincinnati from 1887 through 1890, which were the last four seasons of his major league career. While in Cincinnati, he slashed .234/.330/.281 (82 wRC+) in over 1900 plate appearances. Nicol is best known for setting the single season stolen base record with 138 in 1887. However, at that time, a player recorded a steal whenever he took an extra base on a hit, such as going first to third on a single. Due to this, we have no idea how many modern steals he had.

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On this day in 1892, the Boston Reds assigned catcher Morgan Murphy to Cincinnati.

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On this day in 1904, former Red Ethan Allen was born in Cincinnati, OH. Allen played outfield for the Reds from 1926 into the 1930 season, when Cincinnati traded him to the Giants in May.

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On this day in 1913, the Reds sold catcher Larry McLean to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Chris Nichting.

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On this day in 2002, Cincinnati signed righty relief pitcher Scott MacRae.

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Kevin Mitchell is Batman earned a point from last Tuesday's TDIRH. There is still an unanswered trivia question in that post. Buckeye Brawler earned both points from last Wednesday's TDIRH.

1) Two Hall of Famers were born today. Who are they?

2) One Hall of Famer died today. Who is he?

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