On this day in 1928, the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) claimed Rube Bressler off the waiver wire from the Reds. Bressler, a Reds Hall of Famer, played for Cincinnati from 1917 through 1927. During that time, he pitched and played first base. I wrote more about Bressler back in October.
On this day in 1929, former Red Sherwood "Sherry" Magee died in Philadelphia at the age of 44. He was a member of the Reds from August of 1917 through 1919, which were the last seasons of his career. The Reds sent Magee to the plate only twice in the 1919 World Series, but he managed to collect a pinch-hit in a loss in game seven (the 1919 Series was a best-of-nine affair).
Magee was an outstanding player during the early years of his career with the Phillies. In 1910 with Philadelphia, Magee led the league in runs, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, total bases, and bWAR (among position players). He also stole 49 bases, which was a regular occurrence as Magee finished his career with 441 steals. Depending on your feelings about inducting more deadball era players, Magee has a pretty good Hall of Fame case.
On this day in 1963, former Red Mariano Duncan was born in San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. Duncan could not have picked a better year (for the Reds) to have a career year than 1990. Normally a replacement level part-time player, Duncan set career highs in triples and OPS+ while playing full-time for the championship Reds. His 11 triples led the National League and his 120 OPS+ far exceeded his career mark of 86.
On this day in 1971, former Red Scott Sullivan was born in Tuscaloosa, AL. Sullivan pitched for Cincinnati from 1995 into 2003 when the Reds traded him to the White Sox in August for infielder Tim Hummel. During his time with the Reds, Sullivan compiled a 3.91 ERA (114 ERA+) in more than 650 innings. He pitched more than 100 innings in relief in four consecutive seasons from 1998 through 2001 (and threw 97 frames in 1997). I find it interesting how much reliever usage has changed in the past decade and a half, which correlates pretty nicely with my time as a fan. In 1999, Sullivan led the major leagues with 113.2 innings in relief though five other pitchers crossed the century mark. Last season, Colorado's Josh Roenicke led the majors in the same category with 88.2 innings (Washington's Craig Stammen retired one fewer batter for a total of 88.1 innings).
On this day in 1998, the Reds signed right-handed swingman Scott Klingenbeck. He started four games for Cincinnati that season before the club released him in early July.
On this day in 2000, the Reds traded pitching prospect Dennis Russo to the Braves for Freddy Garcia the utility player, not Freddy Garcia the All-Star pitcher. Garcia never appeared in a regular season game for Cincinnati or any other major league team again.
On this day in 2003, the Reds signed Jose Guillen just one day after releasing him.
On this day in 2005, former Red Frank House died in Birmingham, AL at the age of 75.
Big Fat Fatty, ams78, ken, and DerekH91 each earned a point yesterday.
1) One other pitcher threw more than 100 innings in relief for the 1999 Reds. Name him.
2) By leading the NL in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage in 1910, Sherry Magee won the "triple-slash triple crown". 46 players have accomplished this feat in the history of the game. Although no player has won this triple crown while a member of the Reds, a few former Reds have slashed their way to the top while playing for other teams including Magee and Rogers Hornsby (who managed the deed in seven seasons, six of which were consecutive). Which former Red was the last to win the "triple-slash triple crown"?