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This Day in Reds History: Clinchmas, 1961

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On this day in Reds history, one Reds great debuted, another died, and the Reds clinched a pennant.

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On this day in 1912, the Reds came back from a nine run deficit in the top of ninth inning against the Cubs to take the lead, 10-9. In the bottom of the ninth, Cincinnati's Ralph Works walked a Cub and hit another before the Reds brought in Rube Benton in relief. Benton promptly walked three straight Cubs batters to give the Cubs the win, 11-10.

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On this day in 1953, former Red Ed Bailey made his major league debut. Bailey went 3 for 5 with a double, a run, and an RBI as the Reds beat the Milwaukee Braves, 10-7.

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On this day in 1958, Reds Hall of Famer Jim O'Toole made his major league debut. O'Toole pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs (one earned), but he took the loss as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati, 2-1. The Reds lefty struck out four, walked five, and allowed four hits.

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On this day in 1961, the Reds clinch their first pennant since 1940 with a victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Reds won by a score of 6-3.

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On this day in 1962, Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney throws nine shutout innings against Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, but the Pirates won in 11 innings, 1-0.

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On this day in 1977, Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi died in Santa Cruz, CA at age 69. Lombardi played for the Reds from 1932 through 1941.