This Day in Reds History: BBWAA elects Bench, Morgan, & Larkin

Jonathan Daniel

On this day in Reds history, three Cincinnati players were elected to the Hall of Fame.

On this day in 1969, the Reds traded reliever Ted Abernathy to the Chicago Cubs for pitching prospect Kenneth Myette, pinch hitter Clarence Jones, and catcher Bill Plummer.

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On this day in 1989, Johnny Bench was elected to the Hall of Fame along with Carl Yastrzemski. Bench received 96.4 percent of the vote which was the third highest percentage at the time. I have no idea how people voted for Bench and not Yaz, or vice versa, but apparently they did.

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On this day in 1990, the BBWAA elected Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer to the Hall of Fame.

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On this day in 1994, Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Temple died in White Rock, SC at the age of 66. Temple played for the Reds from 1952 through 1959 and again in 1964. He was a productive hitter for a second baseman, mainly because he could take a walk, even leading the league with 94 in 1957. Temple kept walking and improved in 1958 and again in 1959. However, Cincinnati traded him after the 1959 season to Cleveland for Gordy Coleman, Billy Martin, and Cal McLish. His Reds Hall of Fame page refers to his "sterling defense", but Baseball-Reference does not agree as he comes out below-average by fielding runs.

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On this day in 1996, the Reds acquired outfielder Mike Kelly from the Braves for right-handed relief prospect Chad Fox and a player to be named later. On June 11 of that season, Cincinnati shipped Ray King, another righty reliever from the farm, to complete the deal.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds signed utility player Wilton Guerrero.

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On this day in 2011, former Red Dave Sisler died in St. Louis at age 79. I wrote about Sisler's time with the Reds back in the fall.

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On this day in 2012, Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame with over 85 percent of the vote.

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There is still a point available from yesterday's question. I am going to bend the normal rules a bit and award a point for each correct answer for nine points total. I will list the posters who earned points when someone gets the final player from the question.

1) At the time of Bench's election to the Hall of Fame, which two players had received a higher percentage of the vote? You must name both players to get the point.

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