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This Day in Reds History: Now with trivia!

On this day in Reds history, former Red Johnny Kling was born, and Barry Larkin won the NL MVP Award.

Matthew Stockman

On this day in 1875, former Red Johnny Kling was born in Kansas City, MO. He played for the Reds in 1913, which was his last season in the major leagues. Kling is best known as the backstop for the Chicago Cubs dynasty of the early 1900s. During his 11 years on the North Side, the Cubs won four pennants and two World Series championships. This actually understates the Cubs' dominance in that era as the North Siders won those four NL titles over a span of just five seasons and won the two World Series crowns in back-to-back years. In 1906, the Cubs went 116-36, good for a .762 winning percentage, which is still the major league record. From 1903 (Kling's fourth season in Chicago) through 1911 when the Cubs traded him mid-season to the Boston Braves, the Cubs finished no worse than third.

In 1909, Kling took the year off to focus on his pool career. Without their primary catcher, the Cubs went 104-49, but finished second to the Pittsburgh Pirates who went 110-42 (.724 winning percentage, good for fourth all-time). Kling beat Charles "Cowboy" Weston in the "world's championship of pool" in October of that year before returning to the Cubs the following season (Wikipedia).

After baseball, Kling owned a minor league team in Kansas City. He notably desegregated the stadium in 1933. Kling died of either a heart attack or a brain hemorrhage in 1947 at age 71.

On this day in 1896, the Reds traded Chauncey Fisher, Germany Smith, and one thousand dollars to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms for shortstop Tommy "the Cork" Corcoran.

On this day in 1899, the National League announced that two umpires would work every game starting in 1900.

On this day in 1968, Pete Rose finished second in NL MVP Award voting behind Bob Gibson.

On this day in 1995, Barry Larkin was named NL MVP.

On this day in 1996, the Reds signed utility player Lenny Harris.

Since the off-season is slow, we have decided to add a trivia question to each "This Day in Reds History" segment. The rules are simple. There will be one or two questions per article, and one point will be awarded to the first person to correctly answer each question in the comments. I will keep track of the standings. Whoever has the most points as of the first pitch of the regular season will be the winner. The prizes are pride and bragging rights.

We will start with an easy one that involves two players from today's TDIRH.

1) What did Barry Larkin do after the Reds traded away Lenny Harris on July 3, 1998?