Wednesday, May 16, 2012

On this day in Reds history: Playing a prank on the Cards and Pete being Pete

Palace of the Fans

Both accounts are excerpts taken from Redleg Journal, a must-have piece of historical literature for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the Reds:


"May 16, 1902 - The Palace of the Fans is dedicated in ceremonies before a game against New York. The Giants spoiled the day with a 5-3 win, scoring all of their runs in the ninth inning. Also, during the game, deaf mutes faced each other for the first time in major league history when Dummy Hoy of the Reds batted against Giants pitcher Dummy Taylor.

John Brush (the team's owner at the time) invited all of the National League owners to attend, but only Frank Robison of the Cardinals attended. Brush played a joke on Robison by posting a fake score on the scoreboard which showed the Cardinals losing, 38-2, to the Dodgers."

Yes, it appears the rivalry between the Reds and Cards goes back further than we ever thought.

"May 16, 1972 - Pete Rose drives in the deciding run in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Giants in San Francisco by hitting a single during an attempted intentional walk. With the count 3-and-0, Ron Bryant put a pitch a little too close to the plate, and Rose reached out and slapped the ball past startled third basemen Jim Ray Hart.

Rose hit .307, scored 107 runs, led the league with 198 hits, and hit 11 triples and six homers in 1972."

That was just Pete being Pete. I know this is a debate meant for a another post, but Charlie Hustle needs to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whether he bet on baseball or not as a manager is irrelevant, in my honest opinion. He would be inducted into the Hall as a player anyway, and unlike several players from the Steroid Era, his numbers are legit. We are naturally a forgiving society, so he'll end up in Cooperstown eventually. I just hope he's still alive when that time finally comes.

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