On this day in 1959, former Red Ken Williams died in Grants Pass, OR at the age of 68.
On this day in 1993, Cincinnati signed catcher Jamie Quirk. However, he would never play a game for the organization or any other professional team again.
On this day in 2003, the Reds signed right-hander Chris Piersoll.
On this day in 2005, Cincinnati signed infielder Rich Aurilia.
On this day in 2007, the Reds signed Mark Bellhorn.
On this day in 2009, former Red Billy Werber died in Charlotte, NC at the age of 100. He played third base in 1939 when Cincinnati won the pennant and again in 1940 when the Reds captured the World Series crown.
On this day in 2010, the Reds signed reliever Jose Arredondo. When you think about it, Arredondo's tenure with the Reds is a sign of how far the organization has come in recent seasons. Nine or 10 years ago, the Reds would have fallen over themselves trying to find more appearances for a pitcher like Arredondo. Last year however, Cincinnati had such a deep bullpen that the team relegated him and his career 130 ERA+ to Louisville. No, his peripherals aren't too good, but he's a perfectly serviceable reliever. It's a testament to the organization that the team can now stash guys like Arredondo in Louisville.
Ken earned the point yesterday. The Yankees signed Cesar Geronimo as an amateur free agent.
1) While with the St. Louis Browns in 1922, Ken Williams became the first player to do what?
2) Billy Werber led the league in runs in 1939 with 115. In doing so, he became the first Red to lead the league in runs since this player led the league with 86 in 1918. Who was he?