This Day in Reds History: A brewer buys a share of the Red Stockings

The John Hauck Brewing Co. was founded by Louis Hauck's father. - CincyMuseum.org

On this day in Reds history, former Red Connie Ryan was born.

On this day in 1886, Aaron Stern sold a stake in the Cincinnati Red Stockings (then of the American Association) to brewer and banker Louis Hauck.

Note: I believe that Stern transferred a minority share to Hauck. Wikipedia lists Justus Thorner as the primary owner of the Red Stockings from 1882 through 1890. However, an excerpt from Before They Were the Cardinals: Major League Baseball in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis by Jon David Cash reveals that Stern was still the club's president as late as 1889.

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On this day in 1895, the National League institutes limits on the size of fielders' gloves with the exception of catcher's and first baseman's mitts. Notorious blowhard Cap Anson helped initiate the change due to vigorous complaining. The league also eliminated a rule that banned the intentional dirtying of the baseball.

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On this day in 1901, the National League ruled that all foul balls would count as strikes in the coming season with the exception of foul balls with two strikes on the batter. The league encourages clubs and umpires to reprimand players from fouling off hittable pitches to save baseballs. The American League abstained from changing its foul rules for several more seasons.

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On this day in 1920, former Red Connie Ryan was born in New Orleans. Cincinnati acquired him in May of 1950, and Ryan immediately became the Reds' regular second baseman. He held the job through the end of the 1951 season. In December of 1951, the Reds packaged him with newly acquired catcher Smoky Burgess and pitcher Howie Fox to acquire a collection of players including Dick Sisler from the Phillies. Ryan would return to the Queen City for one at-bat in 1954, which was also his last major league at-bat. He stuck around baseball as a scout, coach, and minor league manager for another couple of decades after his playing career ended. Ryan once collected six hits in six at-bats in a nine-inning game while with the Phillies, which was tied for the major league record in the modern era for many years.

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On this day in 1946, the Reds acquired pitcher Johnnie Wittig from the New York Giants off of the waiver wire.

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On this day in 1962, former Red Greg Cadaret was born in Detroit. Cadaret pitched 34 games in relief for the 1993 Reds.

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On this day in 1966, former Red Pete Smith was born in Abington, MA. The right-hander pitched in 11 games for Cincinnati in 1995.

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On this day in 1998, the Reds signed outfielder Midre Cummings. The Red Sox would select Cummings from the Reds off the waiver wire before the season started.

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Legal Trouble earned a point yesterday. There is still one point available from yesterday.

1) A total of five Reds players have earned six hits in a nine-inning game. Two of them are in the Reds Hall of Fame. One of these two players is John Reilly who performed the feat on September 12, 1883 while the club still played in the American Association. Amazingly, fellow Red Stocking Hick Carpenter also recorded six hits on the same day. Name the Reds Hall of Famer to record six hits in one nine-inning game in the modern era.

2) One member of the 2012 Reds once collected six hits in a nine-inning game. Name the player. He did not necessarily perform the feat while with the Reds.

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