This Day in Reds History: The return of Eric Davis

Jamie Squire

On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati signed Eric Davis.

On this day in 1970, former Red Royce Clayton was born in Burbank, CA. The Reds acquired Clayton in "The Trade" during the 2006 season. Along with Clayton, the Nationals sent Bill Bray, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski, and Darryl Thompson to Cincinnati for Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez, and Ryan Wagner.

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On this day in 1975, the Reds bought right-handed reliever Joe Henderson from the Chicago White Sox.

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On this day in 1987, former Red Dave Sappelt was born in Buffalo, NY. Sappelt had a productive season (114 wRC+) for the Cubs last year in extremely limited playing time.

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On this day in 1996, the Reds signed Eric Davis. The outfielder's return to the Queen City was successful as he slashed .287/.394/.523 (142 wRC+) in just under 500 plate appearances for the 1996 Reds. Davis managed to swipe 23 bags that season as well. That figure is pretty impressive considering he was 34 and had not played baseball since the 1994 season. However, the reunion did not last long as Davis signed with the Orioles after the 1996 season.

Also on this day in 1996, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Jeff Shaw. When closer Jeff Brantley missed time in 1997, Shaw filled the role as Cincinnati's closer. Shaw led the league in saves that season with 42. He racked up 23 more in 1998 before the Reds traded him to the Dodgers in July for Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes.

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On this day in 2007, the Reds sold infielder Brendan Harris to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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On this day in 2010, a hospital in Miami, FL released former Red Edwin Encarnacion after treating him for burns. Encarnacion was injured the previous day by an exploding firecracker.

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Buckeye Brawler earned another point yesterday. One of yesterday's questions remains unanswered as do several from the past several entries.

1) Eric Davis is the last Red to score 120 or more runs in a season, which he did 1987. Who was the last Red before Eric Davis to score 120 or more runs in a season?

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