This Day in History: Reds swipe Cesar Cedeno in trade

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On this day in 1904, former Red John Clapp died in Ithaca, NY at the age of 53.

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On this day in 1960, former Red Art Nehf died in Phoenix at the age of 68.

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On this day in 1961, Cincinnati's board of directors elected Bill DeWitt as team president and Stanley Kess as chairman. DeWitt had previously steered the St. Louis Browns to the team's only pennant in 1944. He also worked in the front office for the Yankees and the Tigers in the 1950s. DeWitt made several notable trades while with Detroit. He acquired Norm Cash in exchange for a utility infielder and picked up slugger Rocky Colavito for the declining Harvey Kuenn. DeWitt found early success in the Queen City, though he will likely always be remembered for trading Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas (Wikipedia).

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On this day in 1969, former Red Joe Randa was born in Milwaukee.

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On this day in 1981, the Reds sent third baseman Ray Knight to the Astros for centerfielder Cesar Cedeno. Cincinnati got three and a half mediocre years out of Cedeno before trading him to St. Louis. In his early years with Houston, Cedeno was one of the great young players in baseball history. He hit .320 with an OPS+ of 162 as a 21 year old in 1972. Cedeno hit .320 again the following season with an OPS+ of 152. He was never able to replicate that success again. His early peak made the later part of his career feel like a disappointment.

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On this day in 2009, the Reds signed Chad Reineke.

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On this day in 2012, the Reds signed Corky Miller.

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Quone earned two points yesterday. Mario Soto and Jim Maloney had the two highest strikeout rates among 25 year old Cincinnati pitchers.

Cesar Cedeno's spectacular success at 21 is rare in the history of baseball. For instance, only five Reds have ever even qualified for the batting title in their age 21 seasons. Name them. A point will be awarded for each player.

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