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This Day in Reds History: The works of Art Fromme

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On this day in Reds history, Art Fromme was born.

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On this day in 1883, former Red Art Fromme was born in Quincy, IL. Fromme had an Aaron Harang-type career with the Reds. He pitched well while in Cincinnati, but played on mediocre teams. In 1909, Fromme went 19-13 on a team that went 77-76. He missed most of the 1910 season, going 4-3 on a team that went 75-79. Fromme went 10-11 in 1911, and the Reds finished with a 70-83 record. In 1912, Fromme finished with a 16-18 record on a team that went 75-78. He was 1-4 with the Reds in 1913 when Cincinnati traded him on May twenty-second. The team's record coming into that day was 9-22. Why am I looking at his won-lost records? Well, Fromme went 49-50 with the Reds, but posted a 2.74 ERA, which even in the midst of the deadball era was good for an ERA+ of 112. Fromme was a good pitcher, but you wouldn't know that if you simply looked at his won-lost record.

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On this day in 1933, the Reds defeated the Pirates 9-3. After the game, the Reds hosted an old-timers' game. Edd Roush captained one team while Buck Herzog led the other. Among the players participating were shortstops Donie Bush and Honus Wagner.

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On this day in 1987, the Reds acquired left-handed reliever Pat Perry from the Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named later. Cincinnati later shipped right-handed swingman Scott Terry to St. Louis to finalize the trade.

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On this day in 2000, former Red Clyde Sukeforth died in Waldoboro, ME at the age of 98. Sukeforth played catcher for the Reds from 1926 to 1931. He was a capable part-time player. His career year came in 1929 when he hit .354 with 16 doubles in 262 plate appearances.