On this day in 1872, former Red Pink Hawley was born in Beaver Dam, WI. Hawley pitched for the Reds in 1898 and 1899. He compiled a 41-28 record with a 3.75 ERA (103 ERA+) in 581.1 innings in Cincinnati.
On this day in 1926, catcher Bob O'Farrell of the St. Louis Cardinals was named NL MVP. Reds second baseman Hughie Critz finished second in the voting.
On this day in 1942, former Red Val Picinich died in Nobleboro, ME at the age of 46. Picinich spent three seasons as the backup catcher for Cincinnati in the late 1920s.
On this day in 1951, Shoeless Joe Jackson died in Greenville, SC at age 64. While Jackson played for the Indians and the White Sox, his infamous transgression came against the Reds in the 1919 World Series.
On this day in 1966, Bill DeWitt sold the Reds to a group of investors for seven million dollars. DeWitt famously justified the Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas trade by calling Robinson "an old 30". His son, William DeWitt, Jr., is the current owner of the St. Louis Cardinals.
On this day in 1968, the Reds traded catcher Don Pavletich and lefty Don Secrist to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Jack Fisher.
On this day in 1978, Pete Rose signed a four year, 3.2 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The contract temporarily made Rose the highest-paid player in pro sports.
On this day in 1986, the Reds re-signed Dave Concepcion.
On this day in 1990, the Reds re-signed free agent second baseman Bill Doran. He had joined the Reds mid-season in 1990 as a trade acquisition from Houston.
On this day in 2007, the Reds traded outfielder Buck Coats to Toronto for right-hander Justin James.
RijoSabes earned a point yesterday.
1) Who was the highest paid player in baseball previous to Rose's contract?
2) Which player's contract first surpassed Rose's deal?