On this day in 1913, the Reds claimed leftfielder Jimmy Sheckard off of waivers from the Cardinals. Sheckard had been a tremendous ballplayer in his younger days, leading the league in walks, home runs, triples, runs, stolen bases, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage at various points in his career. However, he slumped badly in 1912 at the age of 33, and his brief stint with the Reds would be his last stop in the majors. Sheckard played in the minors in 1914 before retiring.
On this day in 1954, former Red and Cincinnati native Don Zimmer made his major league debut with the Dodgers. Zimmer started at shortstop for Brooklyn and went one for three with a triple, two runs, and a walk. Despite pounding out four other extra base hits, the Dodgers fell to the Phillies, 7-6.
On this day in 1957, Cincinnati signed lefty Claude Osteen.
On this day in 1962, the Reds entered the bottom of the ninth trailing the Cubs 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. Frank Robinson doubled to lead off the inning. Chicago brought in reliever Don Elston to pitch out of the jam, but Gordy Coleman homered to center field to send the fans home happy. The Reds won, 4-3.
On this day in 1969, Cincinnati's Gerry Arrigo hit Atlanta's Felix Millan, Clete Boyer, and Bob Aspromonte in the second inning to tie the NL record for hit batsmen in a single inning. The Braves scored three runs in the inning and went on to defeat the Reds, 9-4.
On this day in 1970, Jim Merritt picked up his league-leading 13th win as the Reds defeated the Braves, 2-1.
On this day in 1973, Hall of Famer Chick Hafey passed away in Calistoga, CA at the age of 70. Hafey played for the Reds from 1932 to 1935 and again in 1937.
On this day in 1974, Sean "The Mayor" Casey was born in Willingboro, NJ.
On this day in 1983, Cincinnati's Gary Redus led off the game with a home run for the second day in a row. Unfortunately for the Reds, Pascual Perez would give up only one other run for the Braves in the game. Atlanta won, 4-2.
On this day in 1984, former Red Wladimir Balentien was born in Willemstad, Curacao.
On this day in 1986, former Red Peanuts Lowrey died in Inglewood, CA at the age of 68.
On this day in 1996, Cincinnati placed Pete "Cy" Schourek on the the 15-day DL. The rest wouldn't be enough for Schourek's elbow as he later went under the knife for season-ending surgery on July 17th.
On this day in 1999, the Reds rode a 10-game winning streak into a matchup against the Astros at Cinergy Field. Incredibly, each of the 10 wins in the streak came against a first place team. Houston broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the eighth to snap the streak at 10.
On this day in 2009, former Red Drew Sutton made his major league debut with Cincinnati. He pinch-hit for Danny Ray Herrera in the bottom of the ninth and drove in the tying run (Jerry Hairston, Jr.) on a groundout to second base. Sutton took over at third in the top of the 10th. Joey Votto drove in the winning run (Chris Dickerson) with a single in the bottom of the inning to give the Reds a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.