Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #24

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Still a day behind, but we've got a good one for you this morning.

5. Bob Skinner (0.5 WAR)

Skinner was an outfielder for the Reds in 1963 and 1964. By the time he got to Cincinnati, he was on the tail end of his career, but he had two All-Star appearances in the '50s as a Pittsburgh Pirate. Also, the first player I think we've seen on our list who fought in Korea, not WWII.

4. Tie: Joseph "Jo-Jo" Morrissey (0.3 WAR) and Virgil "Spud" Davis (1.0 WAR)

We had two guys who wore the number for only one season in the '30s with awesome nicknames, so I included them both. Morrissey was basically the Paul Janish of the '30s, and Davis had a long career as a catcher with the Phillies and Cardinals, but was a reserve late in his career in Cincinnati. Neat, huh?

3. Jerry "The Hat" Lynch (5.1 WAR)

Lynch was an outfielder for the team from 1957 to 1963, but really hit his stride in the 1961 WS season. He came in that year and hit .315/.407/.624 in 210 PA, and even got MVP votes.

2. Ival Goodman (7.6 WAR)

Goodman played for the Reds from 1935 to 1942, but only wore #24 for the last 4 years of that. That being said, those were some impressive years. He made the All-Star team in '39, with a .916 OPS, and was the starting RF for the 1940 championship team. He took a diminished role in '41 with the arrival of Jim Gleeson from Chicago, but all in all was one of the best Reds in that era.

1. Atanasio "Tony" Perez (45.7 WAR)

Everybody knows Tony Perez, he was the choice here all along. I mean, they retired his number, so it's not like it was a tough one. Even those like me who didn't get to watch him growing up know how important Perez was to this franchise. 7 All-Star team appearances, 6 years finishing in the top 15 in the MVP voting, and 2 World Series rings. That's production, kids.

Of course, he's stuck around the organization too (as a coach and manager), and has been around from time to time at speaking events around the city and such. #24 will now always be Tony Perez's number in Cincinnati, and that's why he gets this honor.

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