On this day in 1883, former major leaguer Lew Groh was born in Rochester, NY. Groh appeared in two games for the 1919 Philadelphia Athletics. He went oh for four with two strikeouts and one assist in one chance at third base. Lew Groh is connected to the Reds via his brother, Heinie, who is in the Reds Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1931, former Red Dave Sisler was born in St. Louis. Sisler made 35 relief appearances for Cincinnati in 1962 with a 3.92 ERA (104 ERA+) in 43.2 innings. The 1962 season was the last of seven years in the majors for Sisler. The Reds likely regretted acquiring Sisler as the team traded Claude Osteen to the Washington Senators in 1961 to pick up the right-hander. Osteen, of course, went on to play well for the championship Los Angeles Dodger teams of the lates 1960s. He figured prominently in Los Angeles' rotation behind Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
Dave Sisler is better known as the son of Hall of Fame first baseman, George Sisler. Dave's older brother, Dick, was also a major leaguer who spent part of one season in the Queen City. In addition, Dick Sisler briefly managed the Reds in the mid-1960s.
On this day in 1975, the Reds defeated the Red Sox in game five of the World Series, 6-2. Tony Perez mashed a two-run homer and Don Gullett went 8.2 strong innings (5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K) to lead Cincinnati to victory at Riverfront Stadium. With the win, the Reds took a 3-2 series lead before returning to Boston for games six and seven.
On this day in 1976, the Reds defeated the Yankees in game one of the Fall Classic at Riverfront Stadium, 5-1. Don Gullett pitched 7.1 innings of five-hit ball and allowed only one run. Pedro Borbon tossed 1.2 hitless innings in relief to close out the game. Cincinnati's batters had a big day at the plate as they collected ten hits. Joe Morgan went one for four with a solo shot and Tony Perez went three for four with a double to lead the way. Johnny Bench and Dave Concepcion both chipped in with triples while Cesar Geronimo contributed a double to the cause.
On this day in 1985, former Red Enerio Del Rosario was born in Santa Lucia, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic.
On this day in 1990, Cincinnati beat Oakland in game one of the World Series at Riverfront Stadium, 7-0. Eric Davis launched a two-run roundtripper in the first inning to become the 22nd player in World Series history to homer in his first World Series at-bat. Davis would finish the game two for four with two runs and three RBI. Current Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher went three for three with two doubles, three runs, an RBI, and a walk. Jose Rijo threw seven shutout innings for Cincinnati before Rob Dibble and Randy Myers each pitched a shutout inning to finish the game. The win halted Oakland's postseason 10 game winning streak.
Also on this day in 1941, Tim McCarver was born in Memphis, TN.
Bonus trivia: In 1966, Tim McCarver tied Johnny Kling's modern era (1901-) record for what?
Even more bonus trivia: A player from one of the above games matched one of McCarver's feats from 1966. What was the feat? Who was the player?