On this day in 1898, former Red Hod Lisenbee was born in Clarksville, TN.
On this day in 1917, the Reds bought Jim Thorpe from the New York Giants. Thorpe, of course, is considered one of the top athletes of the 20th century, perhaps the best of all-time. He was an outstanding football player, both collegiately and professionally, and won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm. However, his career in baseball was lackluster in comparison, posting about a season's worth of replacement level at-bats across six years.
On this day in 1924, former Red Chuck Harmon was born in Washington, IN. Harmon is best known for being the first black American to play for the Reds. During his two and half seasons in Cincinnati, Harmon hit .238/.294/.326 while playing all over the diamond.
On this day in 1940, the Reds cancelled their game against the Cardinals at Crosley Field after severe flooding of the Ohio River caused eight feet of water to cover the field.
On this day in 1958, the Redlegs traded righty Bob Kelly to the Cleveland Indians for infielder Fred Hatfield.
On this day in 1967, former Red Rheal Cormier was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Cormier came up as a starter in 1991 with the St. Louis Cardinals, but remade his career as a reliever after shoulder problems forced him to miss the 1998 season. He threw 17 innings out of the bullpen for the Reds in 2006 and 2007 before retiring.
On this day in 1992, former Red Deron Johnson died in Poway, CA at the age of 53. Johnson played first base, third base, and left field for the Reds from 1964 to 1967. His best season came in 1965 when he posted an OPS+ of 131 in nearly 700 plate appearances. Johnson also led the league in RBI that season with 130 and finished fourth in the MVP voting.
On this day in 2002, former Red Jung Bong made his major league debut with the Braves.
On this day in 2008, the Reds hired Walt Jocketty to replace general manager Wayne Krivsky.