On this day in 1904, the Reds lost the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals, 4-2. Hall of Famer Kid Nichols earned the win in the contest. Nichols also managed the team and decided to pitch himself in the second game as well. The Reds fared better the second time around, tallying 14 hits off the 300 game-winner and winning 8-5.
On this day in 1915, the New York Giants came in to Cincinnati sitting in last place, and the Reds treated them accordingly. The Reds roughed up Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and won 4-0.
On this day in 1917, the Reds lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Cubs at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field).
On this day in 1946, Johnny Vander Meer struck out 14 batters in 15 shutout innings for the Reds, but earned no decision against the Dodgers in Brooklyn. The game eventually ended in a scoreless tie after 19 innings of action, making it the longest scoreless tie in the history of the major leagues.
On this day in 1963, the Reds scored nine runs in the fourth inning en route to a 14-3 blowout of the Braves. In that inning, Don Pavletich hit a two-run shot to start the scoring for Cincinnati. When his spot came up again with the bases loaded, manager Fred Hutchinson inserted Gordy Coleman as a pinch-hitter. Coleman promptly smacked a grand slam.
On this day in 1979, the Reds defeated the Astros, 9-8, to move into first place in the NL West. Dave Concepcion and George Foster combined for back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the Reds ahead for good.
On this day in 1985, Pete Rose collected his 4,192nd to pass Ty Cobb as the all-time hits leader, or so everyone thought. Baseball historian John Thorn discovered that one of Cobb's games in 1910 may have been double counted, leaving him with an actual total of 4,189. MLB still recognizes 4,191 as Cobb's official total. Personally, I trust Thorn over MLB, but it's not worth any anxiety. The story is much better if Rose passed Cobb in front of a raucous Riverfront Stadium instead of a lazy afternoon crowd at Wrigley Field.
On this day in 1991, former Red Todd Van Poppel made his major league debut with the Athletics.
On this day in 1998, former Red Jerry Hairston, Jr. made his major league debut with the Orioles.