This Day in Reds History: Baseball's "Old Sarge"

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On this day in Reds history, Gabby Street passed away.

On this day in 1905, former Red Ned Cuthbert died in St. Louis at the age of 59. Cuthbert slashed just .179/.193/.268 (51 OPS+) in a little over 50 plate appearances for the Reds in 1877, which was his only season with the club.

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On this day in 1911, the Reds purchased Fred Beck from the Boston Rustlers (Braves).

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On this day in 1927, former Red Smoky Burgess was born in Caroleen, NC.

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On this day in 1934, the Reds claimed Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. Vance appeared in only six games for the Reds before he returned to the Cardinals via a waiver claim.

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On this day in 1951, former Red Gabby Street died in Joplin, MO at the age of 68. Known as "Old Sarge", Street played for the Reds in 1904 and 1905. Interestingly, Street started the 1905 season in Cincinnati, but the Reds sold him to the Boston Beaneaters (Braves) on June sixth. However, the Beaneaters sold him back to Cincinnati on July 30th of that season, giving Street two separate stints with the same club in the same season. The Reds sold Street to San Francisco in the Pacific Coast League in early 1906. He returned to the majors in 1908 with the Washington Senators. During that season, Street famously caught a ball dropped from the Washington Monument as a stunt.

After his major league playing career ended in 1912, Street bounced around the minor leagues before becoming the St. Louis Cardinals' manager in 1929. With "Old Sarge" at the helm, the Cardinals won the pennant in 1930 and the World Series in 1931. Street actually appeared in one game as a player in 1931. The 19-year gap between games is the longest in major league history. When his managerial career came to an end, Street stayed in St. Louis as a color commentator with the Browns and the Cardinals, working for a time with the young Harry Caray.

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On this day in 1987, former Red Travis Wood was born in Little Rock, AR.

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The finest muffins and ams78 each earned a point yesterday.

1) What was the nickname of San Francisco's PCL team?

2) In which category did Dazzy Vance lead the National League every year from 1922 through 1928?

Please remember that looking up the answer is discouraged.

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