This Day in Reds History: Cincy sells a reliable catcher

Larry McLean - wikimedia.org

On this day in 1858, former Red Hugh Nicol was born in Campsie, Stirling, United Kingdom.

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On this day in 1892, the Boston Reds (Braves) assigned catcher Morgan Murphy to the Cincinnati Reds. He played in the Queen City for four seasons, hitting .238 in over 200 games with the team. I'm not exactly sure why a player would be assigned from one team to another. My guess is that an assignment would act as compensation or closure for a previous deal.

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On this day in 1904, former Red Ethan Allen was born in Cincinnati.

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On this day in 1913, the Reds sold catcher Larry McLean to the St. Louis Cardinals. McLean had played in Cincinnati for seven seasons. He was a productive hitter for a backstop. His best season probably came in 1910 when he played in a career high 127 games (a considerable amount for the era) and hit .298/.340/.378. That line seems unimpressive, but in the midst of the deadball era it was good for an OPS+ of 113.

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On this day in 1955, former Red Bob Owchinko was born in Detroit.

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On this day in 1971, former Red Harry Rice died in Portland, OR at the age of 69.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds signed Cincinnati native and Elder alumnus Chris Nichting. He appeared in 36 games as a reliever for the Reds in 2001.

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On this day in 2002, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Scott MacRae. He pitched in 24 games for the Reds in 2001, but would never again appear in a major league game.

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Don, the Rebel without a Blog, and ken each earned a point yesterday.

Larry McLean was no defensive slouch either. In 1910, he led all National League catchers with 18 what?

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