This Day in Reds History: Votto launches 3 homers

Bob Levey

On this day in Reds history, Gus Bell passed away.

On this day in 1933, the Reds traded Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden to the Cardinals for Sparky Adams, Paul Derringer, and Allyn Stout. This was a truly outstanding trade for the Reds as Derringer went on to have an excellent decade in Cincinnati while none of the other players did much after the deal. Durocher is known for his Hall of Fame managerial career, but he was a marginal player.

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On this day in 1962, the Reds traded third baseman Cliff Cook and lefty Bob Miller to the Mets for infielder and Cincinnati native Don Zimmer.

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On this day in 1987, former Red Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck died in Champaign, IL at the age of 82. Beck pitched in 11 games for Cincinnati in 1945.

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On this day in 1995, Reds Hall of Famer Gus Bell died in Montgomery, OH at the age of 66. In addition to his own successful career, Bell is the head of one of baseball's most eminent families. His son, Buddy, was even better than Gus and had a Hall of Fame type career. Buddy's sons David and Mike also played in the major leagues. Mike Bell appeared in only 19 games, but David's career lasted 12 seasons. All of the Bells except David played at least one game for Cincinnati.

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On this day in 2007, the Reds released lefty Rheal Cormier.

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On this day in 2008, Joey Votto hit three home runs, including one off of current teammate Sean Marshall, as the Reds beat the Cubs, 9-0. Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Adam Dunn also went yard. Edinson Volquez went seven strong for the Reds to earn the win.

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On this day in 2009, Xavier Paul made his major league debut with the Dodgers. He pinch hit for Randy Wolf in the sixth inning of a game against the Nationals. Unfortunately, Paul grounded into a double play and didn't take the field. Washington defeated Los Angeles, 11-9.

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