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This Day in Reds History: A president dies

On this day in Reds history, an important figure in the development of professional baseball died.

On this day in 1922, Morgan G. Bulkeley died in Hartford, CT. Bulkeley was the first president of the National League, serving in that role during the league's inaugural season. William Hulbert became the NL president the following season as Bulkeley moved on to a career in politics. After serving in a couple of small local roles, Bulkeley became the mayor Hartford from 1880 to 1888. Afterwards, he was elected to governor of Connecticut from 1888 to 1892. Later, he served one term as a US Senator from the state of Connecticut from 1905 to 1911. Bulkeley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. He also spent 43 years of his life as president of Aetna, Inc. (the insurance company).


On this day in 1933, Sidney Weil resigned as president of the Cincinnati Reds. At the same time, Larry MacPhail purchased an interest in the team, and the owners elected Larry MacPhail as director. MacPhail would later become the general manager of the club.


On this day in 1987, the Reds traded right-hander Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell to the Royals for lefty Danny Jackson and shortstop Angel Salazar. Jackson would win 23 games for Cincinnati in 1988, leading the league in that category (along with Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers).