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This Day in History: '73 Reds are playoff bound

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On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati clinched the 1973 NL West title.

Andy Kosco
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On this day in 1888, the Red Stockings sold shortstop Frank Fennelly to the Philadelphia Athletics for $1,000.

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On this day in 1890, former Red Mike Gonzalez was born in La Habana, La Habana, Cuba. I wrote about Gonzalez last winter.

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On this day in 1921, former Red Clyde Vollmer was born in Cincinnati. Vollmer was a part-time outfielder for the Reds in the 1940s. He hit .188/.231/.258 (33 OPS+) while playing in the Queen City.

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On this day in 1926, the Reds split a doubleheader with the Phillies. The loss put the Reds three games back of St. Louis with two games to play, ending Cincinnati's pennant chances.

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On this day in 1933, former Red Mike Donlin died in Hollywood, CA at the age of 55. "Turkey Mike" had his best years with the New York Giants though he was also a very good player in his three seasons in Cincinnati. In 220 games with the Reds, Donlin hit .342/.402/.482 (150 OPS+).

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On this day in 1963, Jim Maloney struck out 14 and allowed two runs in seven innings to lead the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.

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On this day in 1973, the Reds clinched the NL West with a 2-1 win over the Padres. Rightfielder Andy Kosco provided the winning margin with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth.

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On this day in 2002, the Reds traded minor league middle infielder David Espinosa and players to be named later to the Tigers in exchange for righty Brian Moehler, minor league third baseman Matt Boone, and cash. Cincinnati later sent minor leaguers Noochie Varner and Jorge Cordova to Detroit to finalize the deal.