On this day in 1963, former Red Paul O'Neill was born in Columbus, OH. The 1990 Reds were an interesting team in that many of the team's best players were one-year wonders. O'Neill was an exception as he had a long, successful career. However, 1990 was one of his worst full seasons as a major league player. It's not unusual for championship teams to receive big years from many different players including the team's better players. Yet Cincinnati received very little from O'Neill and the team was still able to win the World Series because so many other players had career years. It doesn't mean anything, but it is interesting . . . O'Neill slumped pretty badly again in 1992, which was his final year with the Reds. He was 29, and one could be forgiven for thinking that his best days were behind him. Of course he would go on to have a number of big years with the Yankees.
On this day in 1978, sent first baseman Dave Revering to the Athletics in exchange for righty Doug Bair. Both players found early success with their new teams before fading away. Bair had a particularly good year for the Reds in 1978, posting a 1.97 ERA (180 ERA+) in 100 relief innings. He also collected 28 saves.
On this day in 1985, former Red Xavier Paul was born in Slidell, LA.
On this day in 1997, former Red Cal Abrams died in Fort Lauderdale at the age of 72. He played in 71 games for Cincinnati in 1952.
On this day in 2003, Cincinnati claimed outfielder Dernell Stenson off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Stenson would receive a cup of coffee with the Reds in August and September of 2003. Tragedy would strike before Stenson could build on his good debut. A group of men murdered Stenson in cold blood in Arizona shortly after the conclusion of the season.
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Paul O'Neill led the team with 28 home runs in 1991. That total was good for seventh in the league (Darryl Strawberry also hit 28). Who led the league that season with 38 dingers?