On this day in 1903, former Red Chick Hafey was born in Berkeley, CA.
On this day in 1935, the Reds released right-hander Ray Kolp. He was a swingman, often starting 10 or so games while also pitching in relief 20 times a year. There's nothing dazzling about his numbers -- he struck out 269 hitters while with Cincinnati and walked 258 -- but he was a dependable part of the staff for eight years. His record of 47-65 as a Red doesn't do him justice. His ERA was a respectable 3.85 (105 ERA+).
On this day in 1959, former Red Dode Paskert died in Cleveland at the age of 77. Paskert spent the first four seasons of his career with the Reds as well as his last year. His best season as a Red came in 1910 when he hit .300 with 63 runs, 46 RBI, 51 steals, and 70 walks. Those numbers seem rather modest, but they were pretty good for the middle of the deadball era.
On this day in 1986, Todd Frazier was born in Point Pleasant, NJ. Since 2011, Frazier has posted a higher isolated power figure (.197) than Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher, David Wright, Jason Heyward, and Pablo Sandoval. He also has the most unusual batting stance of any Red since ... I'm not really sure. Jonny Gomes adjusted his helmet before every pitch, but his stance wasn't that odd. Frazier's stance is more comparable to Craig Counsell's or Kevin Youkilis', not in the sense that their stances look alike, but in the sense that, "hey, how can he hit in that position?"
On this day in 2009, former Red Ted Uhlaender died in Atwood, KS at the age of 69. He appeared in 73 games for the Reds in 1972 and hit an abysmal .159/.246/.186.
RoastBeefKazenzakis earned a point yesterday.
Ray Kolp pitched for the Reds from 1927 through 1934. Only one of those teams finished .500 or better. That team posted a record of 78-74.
1) What was the year?
2) What Hall of Famer led that team in wins with 19?