On this day in 1900, Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson made his major league debut with the Giants at the age of 19. Mathewson played one game for the Reds in 1916 before retiring. He also managed the Reds from 1916 to 1918.
On this day in 1929, Reds Hall of Famer Roy McMillan was born in Bonham, TX. McMillan played shortstop for the Reds from 1951 to 1960. In that time, he made two All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves, and earned MVP votes in four different seasons. Known for his fielding ability, McMillan struggled at the plate throughout his career. While in Cincinnati, McMillan hit .249/.326/.332 (75 OPS+) in nearly 5000 plate appearances. The Reds inducted McMillan into the team Hall of Fame in 1971.
On this day in 1930, Reds Hall of Famer Jerry Lynch was born in Bay City, MI. His six-plus seasons in Cincinnati were sandwiched between stints with Pittsburgh, which made for an interesting career path. Lynch played for only those two teams and spent about the same amount of time with each of them. Moving on from things that only interest me . . . Lynch slashed .289/.339/.493 (116 OPS+) in over 1700 plate appearances with the Reds.
On this day in 1938, former Red Deron Johnson was born in San Diego. The tall, powerful Californian drove in a league-leading 130 runs for the Reds in 1965. His performance that season included 32 home runs, 30 doubles, and 92 runs. The big counting numbers covered up a very good, but not stellar slash line of .287/.340/.515 (131 OPS+). Johnson finished fourth in the MVP voting that season.
On this day in 1942, the Reds released Rollie Hemsley. The longtime backup catcher played 36 games with the Reds in 1942.
On this day in 1951, Joe Adcock went four for four with four runs in a 9-8 win over the Phillies at Shibe Park. The leftfielder also collected a home run, a triple, an RBI, and walk. He had a big game in the field as well, throwing out Ken Johnson at the plate to end the game. The Phillies had entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 9-3. Philadelphia recovered to take the second game of the day, 10-0.
On this day in 1955, former Red Roger Craig made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the age of 25. Craig threw 64.1 innings in relief for the Reds in 1965.
On this day in 1960, former Red Pat Duncan died in Jackson, OH at the age of 66.
On this day in 1970, former Red Larry Biittner made his major league debut with the Washington Senators (the Rangers incarnation) at the age of 24. Biittner played for Cincinnati in 1981 and '82.
On this day in 1971, Hall of Famer Juan Marichal held the Reds to just one hit through the first eight innings at Riverfront Stadium. The Giants led 2-0 after a scoring an insurance run in the top of the ninth. However, the Machine rumbled to life in the bottom of the ninth with three consecutive singles and a walk to chase Marichal from the game. Tony Perez then singled to center field to score Ty Cline and Pete Rose. The Reds won, 3-2.
On this day in 1974, the Reds defeated the Cardinals 6-4 at the second Busch Stadium in St. Louis as Bob Gibson became the second player (Walter Johnson) to record 3000 strikeouts.
On this day in 1989, Kent Tekulve retired after an unsuccessful half-season with the Reds.