This Day in Reds History: Tony Perez opens Three Rivers Stadium with a bang

Andy Lyons

On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh in the first game at Three Rivers Stadium.

On this day in 1902, the Reds defeated the Giants, 7-2, at the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati. The game was Hall of Famer John McGraw's first as a manager of the Giants. McGraw would manage New York's NL club for 31 seasons.

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On this day in 1914, the Red Sox claimed first baseman Dick Hoblitzell from the Reds off of the waiver wire. Hoblitzell had been a fixture in the Reds' lineup for six and a half seasons, hitting a healthy .283/.339/.388 (112 OPS+) in the middle of the Deadball Era.

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On this day in 1915, former Red Pat Duncan made his major league debut with the Pirates at the age of 21.

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On this day in 1933, Reds Hall of Famer Red Lucas threw 15 shutout innings against the Giants in the first game of a doubleheader at Redland (Crosley) Field. Lucas scattered nine hits across those 15 innings while striking out four and walking one. New York's Roy Parmelee was nearly as good, going 14.1 innings before giving up the game's lone run in the bottom of the 15th on a single by Rollie Hemsley. The Giants rebounded in the second game to defeat the Reds, 1-0.

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On this day in 1936, the Dodgers-Reds game at Redland Field was cancelled due to oppressive heat.

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On this day in 1942, the Reds made two separate trades with the Yankees. In the first deal, Cincinnati shipped infielder Joe Abreu, righty "Milkman" Jim Turner*, and cash to the Bronx in exchange for leftfielder Frankie Kelleher. The second deal saw leftfielder Eric Tipton come to Cincinnati in exchange for centerfielder Harry Craft and more cash. I doubt too many teams have traded for/away two leftfielders on the same day.

*Turner's family owned a dairy farm in Antioch, TN, which is outside of Nashville. He worked on the farm in the winter, which led to the nickname.

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On this day in 1950, the Reds swept a doubleheader against the Giants at Crosley Field by the scores of 16-4 and 11-10.

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On this day in 1960, former Red Terry Pendleton was born in Los Angeles. Pendleton played 50 games for Cincinnati in 1997.

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On this day in 1970, the Reds and Pirates played the first game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Tony Perez drove in two runs with his 30th home run of the season, and Lee May provided the game-winning single in the top of the ninth as the Reds won, 3-2.

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On this day in 1990, former Red Chris Hammond made his major league debut with Cincinnati at the age of 24. Hammond started the game against the Expos at Riverfront Stadium, but lasted only 2.2 innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks. Hammond managed to strike out Delino Deshields and Mike Fitzgerald, but also gave up a home run to Larry Walker. Lou Piniella brought in Rick Mahler in relief in the third inning after Hammond walked Fitzgerald to load the bases. Despite Hammond's shaky start, the Reds rallied in the late innings to win, 8-3.

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