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This Day in Reds History: Kuhn says Aaron will play in Cincinnati

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Dave Martin

On this day in 1919, the Reds signed utility player Claude Davidson. He never appeared in a game with the Reds.

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On this day in 1922, former Red Joe Gerhardt died in Middletown, NY at the age of 67. Gerhardt predominantly played second base and was known as "Move Up Joe" for some reason.

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On this day in 1948, former Red Cesar Geronimo was born in El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

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On this day in 1953, former Red Fred Toney died in Nashville at the age of 64. Toney is most famous for being part of a dual no-hitter on May 2, 1917. Both Toney and Chicago's Hippo Vaughn threw nine hitless innings, but Vaughn finally gave up two hits and a run in the 10th. Toney finished his no-hitter in the bottom of the 10th, and the Reds beat the Cubs, 1-0. Vaughn is no longer credited with a no-hitter, which is pretty silly in my opinion.

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On this day in 1974, baseball commissioner and noted horse's ass Bowie Kuhn declared that Hank Aaron would have to play in at least two games of Atlanta's opening three-game set in Cincinnati. At the time, Aaron was sitting on 713 home runs, just one circuit clout behind the Babe. The Braves were hoping that Aaron could tie and pass Ruth's mark in front of a home crowd. Aaron would tie Ruth with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning at Riverfront Stadium. He did not homer again on Opening Day, sat out the second game, and went 0-3 in the third game. Aaron would clobber #715 on April 8 in Atlanta's home opener.

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On this day in 1999, Cincinnati released left-handed reliever Joey Eischen.

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RoastBeefKazenzakis earned a point last time.

In 1915, Fred Toney threw 223 innings and led the National League in home runs allowed per nine innings. How many home runs did he give up that season?