On this day in 1893, Cincinnati catcher Farmer Vaughn did his best Delmon Young impersonation when he tossed his bat at the St. Louis Browns' Steve Brodie. The umpire promptly threw Vaughn out of the game, and the Browns went on to beat the Reds, 10-6.
On this day in 1913, the Reds bought the aptly named Red Nelson from the Phillies. Nelson made only two outings with Cincinnati and got rocked in at least one of them. His ERA with the Reds was a whopping 37.80. He disappeared from the majors after that, but played a few more seasons in the minor leagues.
On this day in 1919, the Reds entered the top of 13th at Brooklyn's Ebberts Field locked in a scoreless tie with the Dodgers. Cincinnati's offense proceeded to explode against Brooklyn's Al Mamaux for 10 runs to spark a 10-0 win. There is no play-by-play data available for the game, so it's impossible to tell exactly what happened in the inning, but both Greasy Neale and Heinie Groh collected multiple RBI for Cincinnati in the inning. Neale also recorded a then-record 10 putouts (non-catcher, non-first base division) in right field. (I'm actually not 100% certain whether the record is for outfielders or for all positions other than catcher and first base.)
On this day in 1975, former Red Johnny Gooch died in Nashville, TN at the age of 77. The Reds acquired Gooch very early in the 1929 season, so early in fact, that he made only plate appearance with Brooklyn that season before joining Cincinnati. He played for the Reds through the 1930 season.
On this day in 1995, the Reds acquired right-handed starter Roger Salkeld from the Mariners in exchange for righty Tim Belcher.
On this day in 1999, former Red Ryan Franklin made his major league debut with the Mariners. Franklin allowed two runs and three hits across 2/3 of an inning, which earned him a hold. However, Seattle later blew the lead, and the Royals defeated the M's, 11-10. Franklin also managed to strike out 1999 Rookie of the Year, Carlos Beltran.
On this day in 2000, the Reds traded first baseman and corner outfielder Mark Sweeney along with a player to be named later to the Brewers for outfielder Alex Ochoa. Cincinnati later shipped right-handed pitching prospect Gene Altman to the Cream City to complete the deal.
On this day in 2010, Chris Heisey and Orlando Cabrera combined to throw out St. Louis' Skip Schumaker at the plate to end the Civil Rights Game. Ramon Hernandez applied the tag, and the Reds won, 4-3.
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The year was 1973. Don Gullett earned the win for the Reds, and Pedro Borbon slammed the door shut by pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. The losing pitcher threw 60.1 innings for Cincinnati in the late 50s and early 60s, but never earned a win or a save while with the Reds. However, he did go on to post a 147-126 record with this franchise. Can you name the opposing team and the losing pitcher?