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This Day in Reds History: RIP Schottzie

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On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati shortstop Tommy Corcoran set a major league record that still stands. Do you know which record it is?

Schottzie was the most well-behaved of this photo's three subjects.
Schottzie was the most well-behaved of this photo's three subjects.
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On this day in 1886, Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie was born in Wilkinsburg, PA. In addition to guiding the Reds to a pennant and a World Series championship, McKechnie also won a World Series as the manager of the Pirates and a pennant with the Cardinals. He was one of the greatest managers of his era, clearly trailing only Joe McCarthy in the American League as a skipper.

McKechnie prided himself on the defense of his teams and was an absolute nut about good glovework. This, in a way, was also his biggest weakness: He stressed defense to the point where the offense began to disintegrate. In his last four seasons in Cincinnati, the Reds had team OPS+ figures of 90 (6th in the NL), 86 (7th), 78 (8th - last), and 82 (last). He joined the Indians as an assistant coach in 1946. Guided by player-manager Lou Boudreau and McKechnie, the Indians won the World Series (their last) in 1948. The Veteran's Committee inducted McKechnie into the Hall of Fame in 1962.

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On this day in 1903, Cincinnati's Tommy Corcoran recorded 14 assists in nine innings in a 4-2 victory over St. Louis. That figure remains the major league record in a nine-inning game.

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On this day in 1904, the Reds acquired rightfielder Jimmy Sebring from the Pirates as part of a three-way deal with the Giants. As part of the trade, Cincinnati sent "Turkey" Mike Donlin to New York. This was a miserable deal for the Reds, as Donlin was a tremendous hitter (career 144 OPS+ in over 1,000 games) while Sebring's play could be easily confused with Xavier Paul's performance.

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On this day in 1927, former Redleg Rocky Bridges was born in Refugio, TX. Bridges was apparently pretty slick with the glove, but was simply an abysmal hitter -- career .247/.310/.313 (68 OPS+). He's also notable for having a big wad of chaw in his mouth in his Baseball-Reference photo.

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On this day in 1954, the Redlegs bought righty Jerry Lane from the Senators.

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On this day in 1973, former Red Danny Graves was born in Saigon, Vietnam.

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On this day in 1976, former Red Edgar Renteria was born in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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On this day in 1991, Marge Schott's beloved St. Bernard, Schottzie, was euthanized.

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On this day in 2006, the Reds acquired reliever Ryan Franklin and cash considerations from Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later. Cincinnati later sent minor league righty Zac Stott to Philly to complete the transaction.

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On this day in 2008, the Reds signed righty Justin Lehr.