This Day in History: Cincinnati chases away the game's biggest cheat

Hal Chase, the Black Prince of Baseball -- year is likely 1913 or 1914 - http://upload.wikimedia.org

On this day in 1919, the Reds sent first baseman Hal Chase to the Giants for first baseman Walter Holke and catcher Bill Rariden. Holke and Rariden were unremarkable players, but this was an addition by subtraction for the Reds. Chase was probably the crookedest man to ever play the game at the major league level. He was blackballed after the 1919 season. Chase may or may not have been involved in the fixing of the 1919 World Series, though he did admit that he knew about the fix beforehand. I wouldn't bet against him having a hand in the scandal (pun somewhat intended). He certainly fixed other games throughout his career. On several occasions, he all but broadcast the fact that he was throwing games or bribing players.

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On this day in 1977, former Red Mike Gonzalez died in La Habana, Cuba at the age of 86.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds signed Deion Sanders.

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On this day in 2004, the Reds signed righty Brian Rose.

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On this day in 2012, Cincinnati signed right-handed pitcher Brett Tomko.

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Quone earned one point yesterday. There is still one point available.

What player had an infamous verbal altercation with Deion Sanders after Sanders drew a dollar sign in the dirt around home plate and failed to run out a pop fly?

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