Both accounts are derived from Redleg Journal:
September 1st, 1954 - In a pre-game stunt, Reds GM Gabe Paul offers $25 to each Reds and Giants catcher who would attempt to catch balls dropped 575 feet from an Army helicopter hovering high above Crosley Field. An additional $100 would be awarded to the willing participant for each ball caught. Only the Giants' Hobie Landrith and the Reds' Dutch Dotterer - a Reds farm hand on leave from the Navy at the time - volunteered. Dotterer would later appear in 100 games for Cincinnati from 1957-60 where he accumulated a modest average of .246.
|Paul worked with the Reds|
September 1st, 1967 - In what is still the longest game in Reds history to this day, the Reds fall 1-0 to the Giants in 21 innings at Crosley Field. The winning run was forced in via a bases loaded walk by Cincinnnati reliever Bob Lee. Giants starter Gaylord Perry pitched 16 shutout innings for his team while Frank Linzy tossed the remaining five and earned the victory. The Redlegs used a combination of Mel Queen (9.67 innings), Ted Abernathy (3.33 innings), Don Nottebart (5 innings) and Lee (3 innings).
The game lasted nearly six hours and was played in front of a crowd of 13,745. Both Reds leadoff hitter Tommy Harper and future Hall of Famer Willie McCovey went 0 for 8 at the plate that day.