Sunday, April 29, 2012

Six historical facts about Reds you may not know

1) Originally named the "Red Stockings" upon their founding in 1882, the franchise was part of the American Association from 1882-89 before joining the National League in 1890. The AA was eventually dissolved shortly thereafter in 1891.

2) Charles Comiskey, a Baseball HOF inductee (Class of 1939), a key founder of the American League and former owner of the Chicago White Sox of which Comiskey Park (1910-1991) was named after him, served as a player/manager for the Reds during the 1892-94 seasons compiling a 202-206 record.

3) Three other Baseball HOF's (inducted as players) have also served as Reds managers in the franchise's history. Bid McPhee acted as manager from 1901-02 (79-124), Christy Matthewson from 1916-19 (164-176), and Roger Hornsby from 1952-53 (91-106). As you can see, all three had losing managerial records for the team.

4) The organization has never had a Cy Young Award Winner since the award's inception back in 1956

5) Throughout the team's 130-year history, it has suffered only one season in which the club lost 100 or more games (1982). Conversely, the franchise has exceeded 100 or more wins in four different seasons (1940, '70, '75, '76).

6) Former Reds' lefty Johnny Vander Meer still remains the only pitcher to ever throw two consecutive no-hitters after accomplishing the remarkable feat in 1938.


chuck said...

not only did the reds have the first night game, on that same night they had the first fireworks display after the game put on by rozzis fireworks

Jimmi Adair said...

Oh yea? That's pretty cool. I didn't know that. Nice!