This Day in Reds History: Pete Rose Makes His Major League Debut

Andy Lyons

April 8 in Reds history

On this date in 1915, the Reds traded for catcher Ivey Wingo from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds sent catcher and first baseman Mike Gonzalez to St. Louis in the deal.

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On this date in 1963, Pete Rose made his major league debut. In the first of his record 15,890 career plate appearances, Rose, facing Pirates pitcher Earl Francis, drew the first of his 1,566 career walks and scored the first of his 2,165 career runs. The Reds won the game 5-2 in front of Rose's home town fans at Crosley Field. As Rose himself is often quick to point out, Rose also holds the record for having played in the most winning games (1,972), although this is primarily due to the fact that he played on some very good teams and the fact that he had an extremely long career. Indeed, Rose also holds the record for most games played (3,562).

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On this day in 1975, former Red Frank Robinson made his debut as the Cleveland Indians player-manager, becoming the first African-American manager in the major leagues. Robinson hit a home run in his first plate appearance of the game.

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On this day in 1987, former Red Yonder Alonso was born. Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2008 draft, and in December of 2011, he was traded to the San Diego Padres alongside Edinson Volquez, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Mat Latos.

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On this day in 2008, rookie pitcher Johnny Cueto, in his second start in the major leagues, struck out eight Brewers and walked zero. This gave him 18 strikeouts and zero walks over his first two major league starts, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1900.

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On this day in 2013, the Reds scored nine runs in the ninth inning against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, a game which was the Cardinals' home opener. Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo committed two defensive errors early in the game, and was sarcastically cheered by Cardinals fans when he came up to bat in the ninth inning. Choo began the Reds' big ninth inning with a walk, and later in the same inning hit a three run double. The Cardinals fans were no longer cheering for him. The Reds won the game 13-4.

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