This Day in Reds History: 19th century pitching stalwart is born

Frank Dwyer; likely 1888-90 - Wikimedia.org

On this day in 1868, former Red Frank Dwyer was born in Lee, MA. Dwyer pitched for the Cincinnati Kelly's Killers in the team's one season of existence in 1891. He was a fairly capable hitter for a pitcher and even played a little outfield for the team. Dwyer returned to the Queen City midway through the 1892 season and pitched for the Reds through the 1899 season. He went 133-100 with the Reds and led the league with two saves in 1893.

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On this day in 1891, the Kelly's Killers signed third baseman Art Whitney.

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On this day in 1928, former Red Homer "Doc" Smoot died in Salisbury, MD at the age of 50. Smoot played in 60 games for the Reds in 1906.

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On this day in 1934, the Reds bought right fielder Ivey Shiver from the Tigers.

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On this day in 1963, the Reds sold right-hander Johnny Klippstein to the Phillies.

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On this day in 1972, Cincinnati sold outfielder Buddy Bradford to the White Sox.

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On this day in 1989, the Reds sold second baseman Jeff Treadway to the Braves.

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On this day in 1999, the Reds traded catcher Brook Fordyce to the White Sox for minor league righty Jake Meyer.

Also on this day in 1999, Cincinnati acquired minor league right-hander Pat Flury from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Jon Nunnally.

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On this day in 2002, the Reds signed utility player Jeff Frye.

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On this day in 2003, Cincinnati sold left fielder Benny Agbayani to Kansas City.

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On this day in 2006, the Reds signed center fielder Alex Sanchez.

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Don, the Rebel without a Blog and the finest muffins each earned a point last Wednesday.

Dwyer's 133 wins is the third among Cincinnati pitchers from 1882-1900 (the founding of the modern iteration of the franchise to the beginning of the modern era). What two pitchers are first and second? Each is worth one point.

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