On this day in 1919, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago White Black Sox at Redland Field in the second game of the World Series, 4-2. The Reds managed only four hits, but Chicago's Lefty Williams walked six batters. Williams, who was one of the Black Sox, pitched well through three innings, but issued three walks and a triple in the fourth. Cincinnati's Larry Kopf slugged the triple to -- surprise, surprise -- "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in left field. The Reds pushed across another run in the sixth inning while Chicago added two of its own in the top of the seventh. Jackson led the way at the plate for the Sox, going 3 for 4 with a double. With the victory, the Reds took a 2-0 lead in the series.
On this day in 1920, the Reds and the Pirates played the twentieth century's only tripleheader at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The Reds won the first game, 13-4, to clinch third place in the National League. Cincinnati took the second game as well, 7-3, but lost 6-0 in the abbreviated third game (only six innings on account of darkness). The three games lasted a total of only five hours. Due to the unique circumstance, the Reds fielded a backup catcher at second base and four hurlers in the field at various points during the day. Pittsburgh's Clyde Barnhart was the only player to collect a hit in all three games. After the end of the third game, the Reds had played the Pirates in six straight games and in nine of the past 11 games.
On this day in 1925, former Red Leo "The Lip" Durocher made his major league debut. While Durocher is best known today for managing the Dodgers in the 1940s and the Giants in the 1950s, he spent four seasons in Cincinnati as the Reds shortstop. "The Lip" slashed .227/.275/.303 as a Red from 1930 through his departure in the early part of 1933. The Veteran's Committee inducted Durocher into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 1994.
On this day in 1966, former Red "Jumbo" Brown died in Freeport, NY at age 59. He was best known for his size (6' 4" and 225 pounds) and his days in New York as a Giant and a Yankee. The big right-hander tossed 9.2 innings for Cincinnati in 1937.
On this day in 1970, former Red "Everyday" Eddie Guardado was born in Stockton, CA. Guardado spent a season and a half in the Queen City but was limited to 27.2 innings due to an elbow injury.
On this day in 1974, the Reds lost to the Braves at Atlanta Stadium, 13-0. The game is notable as Hank Aaron made his final appearance as a Brave. The Hammer went out in style, going one for three with a home run, an RBI, two runs, and a walk. The home run was the 733rd of Aaron's career.
Dusty Baker also appeared in the game for Atlanta. Baker went oh for four with a strikeout.