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This Day in Reds History: Carbo is ROY runner-up

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On this day in Reds history, Bernie Carbo came in second place in Rookie of the Year voting.

Bernie Carbo in his Boston days
Bernie Carbo in his Boston days
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On this day in 1962, Cincinnati sent second baseman Cookie Rojas to the Phillies for pitcher Jim Owens.

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On this day in 1970, Cincinnati's Bernie Carbo finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting. Carbo hit .310 with 63 RBI and 54 runs in just over 450 plate appearances. He also walked 94 times, giving him a robust on-base percentage of .454, which was good enough to lead the league if Carbo had made enough plate appearances. Carbo finished fourth once unsuccessful plate appearances are added to his total. Montreal's Carl Morton took home the hardware with a record of 18-11 in 285 innings and an ERA of 3.60 (114 ERA+). Carbo is probably best remembered today for a play he made against the Reds. With Boston trailing Cincinnati 6-3 in game six of the 1975 World Series, Carbo launched a three-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game and set the stage for Carlton Fisk.

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On this day in 1977, former Red Willie Bloomquist was born in Bremerton, WA.

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On this day in 1981, the Reds signed outfielder Mike Vail.

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On this day in 1987, former Red Babe Herman died in Glendale, CA at the age of 84.

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On this day in 1991, the Reds traded Eric Davis and righty Kip Gross to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Tim Belcher and closer John Wetteland.

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On this day in 2006, the Reds signed catcher Chad Moeller.

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Bernie Carbo had the second highest slugging average (.551) among all Cincinnati rookies with at least 400 PA. Frank Robinson had the highest slugging average at .558 while Vada Pinson was third with a mark of .509. Only one other rookie had a slugging average of .500 or better for the Reds. Who was it? Hint: The Reds switched ballparks during his time with the team.