On this day in 1919, the Black Sox played game seven of the World Series on the level and defeated the Reds, 4-1.
On this day in 1936, former Red Red Ames died in Warren, OH at the age of 54. Ames came up as a good strikeout pitcher with the Giants in 1900s, leading the league in strikeout rate in three consecutive seasons with the Gothams. His strikeout rate declined as he entered his thirties, and he was more of a traditional pitch-to-contact deadball pitcher by the time of his stint with the Reds from 1913 to 1915. In 1914, he led the league with 23 losses despite the fact that he posted a 2.64 ERA (110 ERA+). He also led the league in saves that year with six.
On this day in 1940, Paul Derringer allowed one run in nine innings of work against the Tigers in game seven of the World Series. The Reds rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, scratching across two runs -- one on an RBI double and the other on a sacrifice fly -- to win the game and Cincinnati's first World Series championship in twenty-one years.
On this day in 1941, the Reds released Hall of Famer Lloyd Waner. "Little Poison" was never half the player that his brother Paul was, and Lloyd was pretty well washed up by the end of the 1930s. While in Cincinnati, Lloyd hit .256/.291/.293, which was good for an OPS+ of 65.
On this day in 1947, the Reds bought outfielder Marv Rickert from the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in eight games for Cincinnati before the Reds sent him to the Boston Braves in a trade for left fielder Danny Litwhiler.
On this day in 1957, the Redlegs bought first baseman Steve Bilko from the Cubs.
On this day in 1959, former Red Mike Morgan was born in Tulare, CA.
On this day in 1961, Whitey Ford tossed five shutout innings for New York as the Yankees beat the Reds, 7-0 in game four of the World Series. Ford's outing extended his World Series scoreless streak to 32 innings.
The Reds won just one game (game two in New York) in the 1961 World Series. In that game, which Reds Hall of Famer earned the win for Cincinnati?