On this day in 1879, former Red Snake Deal was born in Lancaster, PA.
On this day in 1899, former Red Lew Fonseca was born in Oakland, CA.
On this day in 1922, former Red Sam Mele was born in Astoria, NY.
On this day in 1966, former Red Chris Hammond was born in Atlanta, GA.
On this day in 1981, Cincinnati traded centerfielder Cesar Geronimo to the Royals for second baseman German Barranca.
On this day in 1998, the Reds signed right-hander Pete Harnisch. He had a nice run with the Reds, posting a 3.89 ERA (117 ERA+) in 574 innings spread across four seasons.
On this day in 1999, the Reds signed middle infielder Ray Olmedo. He would later player for the Reds in parts of four seasons, hitting .230 while with the club. Despite playing in a high-offense era, Olmedo finished his major league career with a line of .230/.273/.293, which was good for an OPS+ of 50. That probably explains why he made only 484 plate appearances. He was out of baseball for four seasons before playing 20 games for the White Sox in 2012. Is it just me, or is it hard to believe he's just 32 years old?
Last Wednesday's question is still unanswered. Honestly, I screwed up and made it way too difficult. It's a doozy. I'll give two points to anyone who gets it right.
Many of you know that Cesar Geronimo came to Cincinnati from Houston in the Joe Morgan trade. Houston had previously acquired him in the rule 5 draft from the team that signed him as an amateur free agent. Which team was it?