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This Day in Reds History: Happy birthday, Lee Smith

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On this day in 1899, Cincinnati parted ways with manager Buck Ewing. He had managed the team for five seasons. During his first two years in the Queen City, Ewing also played first base on a regular basis. (He appeared in one final game in 1897.) Ewing was one of the game's biggest stars in the 19th century and would enter the Hall of Fame in 1939, more than 30 years after he died in Cincinnati at the age of 47.

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On this day in 1940, the Reds sent shortstop Billy Myers to the Cubs for outfielder Jim Gleeson and shortstop Bobby Mattick.

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On this day in 1941, the Reds bought catcher Rollie Hemsley from the Indians.

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On this day in 1942, Cincinnati shipped righty Nate Andrews, infielder Eddie Joost, and cash to the Boston Braves for shortstop Eddie Miller. I wrote about Joost's career last spring while Miller was part of an earlier Cincinnati trade, which I wrote about yesterday.

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On this day in 1946, the Reds acquired left fielder Augie Galan from Brooklyn in exchange for right-hander Ed Heusser.

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On this day in 1957, former Red Lee Smith was born in Jamestown, LA. When Smith retired in 1997, he was the game's all-time leader in saves with 478.

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On this day in 1964, Cincinnati traded utility player Cesar Tovar to the Twins for lefty Gerry Arrigo.

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On this day in 2008, the Reds signed reliever Mike Lincoln.

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riverfront76 picked up the point yesterday. From 1980 to 1985, Steve Carlton was second in strikeouts behind CIncinnati's Mario Soto.

When Lee Smith retired, another former Red became the active player with the most career saves. Who was it?