This Day in Reds History: When a 3.00 ERA wasn't good enough

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On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati lost a pitcher with a 3.22 seasonal ERA and probably didn't mind the loss.

On this day in 1904, former Red Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck was born in Decatur, IL. Beck pitched in eleven games for the Reds in 1945.

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On this day in 1917, the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) claimed lefty Clarence Mitchell from the Reds off of the waiver wire. In his two years in Cincinnati, Mitchell posted a 3.18 ERA, which was good for an ERA+ of only 82.

The deadball era produced all sorts of unusual pitching statistics in such a way that it's often hard for us to wrap our head around that environment from a distance of one hundred years. The 1917 NL had a league ERA of 2.70, which would be good for fifth in the 2013 NL. In 1917, the league struck out 3.6 batters per nine innings. In 2013, Kyle Kendrick had the lowest strikeout rate among qualified pitchers; he struck out 5.4 batters per nine.

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On this day in 1921, former Red Matt Batts was born in San Antonio, TX.

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On this day in 1931, former Red Dave Sisler was born in St. Louis.

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On this day in 1967, former Red Josias Manzanillo was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

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On this day in 1972, former Red Johnny Rawlings died in Inglewood, CA at the age of 80. Rawlings, a middle infielder, appeared in thirty-three games for the Reds in 1914, hitting .217 in that time.

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Don, the Rebel without a Blog earned the point again yesterday. Jim Maloney allowed the most baserunners (11) in a no-hitter by a Red.

On this day in 1975, which Red hit two home runs in game five of the World Series to give Cincinnati a 6-2 victory over Boston?

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