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This Day in Reds History: Happy Birthday, Thom Brennaman!

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On this day in 1951, the Reds Lloyd Merriman hit a bases loaded triple off of Brooklyn's Carl Erskine with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to break open the game for Cincinnati. The game had been tied, 3-3, but Merriman's three-run three-bagger provided the final difference. The Reds beat the Dodgers, 6-3.


On this day in 1963, Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was born. Brennaman started his career as a sportscaster in the late 1980s with Cincinnati's WLWT-TV. At that time, Brennaman also performed play-by-play duties for Reds TV broadcasts along with Johnny Bench. Brennaman spent much of the 1990s and the 2000s with other teams, but he returned to the Reds broadcast team in the fall of 2006. Brennaman is currently in his sixth season with the Cincinnati TV and radio teams.


On this day in 1967, the Reds signed Dave Concepcion.


On this day in 1974, the Reds and Braves combined for three grand slams in a doubleheader at Riverfront Stadium. Darrell Evans and Cesar Geronimo both hit bases loaded blasts in the first game while Johnny Bench picked up a salami of his own in the second game. The Reds won the first game, 9-6, and finished the sweep with a 6-2 victory in the second game.

Also on this day, Rawly Eastwick made his major league debut in the first game of the aforementioned doubleheader. Eastwick pitched two innings in relief, surrendering a run on two hits. He struck out one and walked one.


On this day in 1997, Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey made his major league debut. The Mayor pinch-hit for Cleveland's David Justice in the ninth inning of a blowout victory over the Chicago White Sox, 9-0. Casey singled to right field before scoring on a triple by Matt Williams.