The Braves sign 17-year-old Joey Jay from Middletown, Connecticut, making him the first Little League player to make it to MLB, and was the youngest player in the NL in each of his first two seasons. Jay finished his MLB career with 99 wins, 999 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 99.
1938 Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds stuns the baseball world by pitching his second successive no-hitter in five days, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6 – 0, as Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field in front of 38,748 fans.
1962 The Houston Colt .45s sign 19-year-old second baseman Joe Morgan as an amateur free agent. Morgan will make his MLB debut next season, starting a 22-year Hall of Fame career, most notably with the Reds.
With a 7 – 2 win, the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series in a four-game sweep of the Yankees. It is the Reds’ second straight World Championship. Johnny Bench hits two home runs for five RBI. He finishes with a .533 batting average and is named Series MVP.
1969 Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds strikes out 13 en route to a 10 – 0 no-hitter over the Houston Astros at Crosley Field. Bobby Tolan has four RBI in support of Maloney, who records his second career no-hitter.
1956 Cincinnati Reds rookie Frank Robinson hits the first of his 586 lifetime home runs. The 20-year-old Robinson connects against Paul Minner of the Chicago Cubs, helping Cincinnati to a 9 – 1 victory.
1957 The Chicago Cubs set a National League record by walking nine batters in the 5th inning of a 9 – 5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Moe Drabowsky walks four batters, Jackie Collum issues three free passes, and Jim Brosnan two
The New York Giants buy CF Edd Roush from the Newark Peppers of the defunct Federal League for $7,500. Roush will hit just .188 in New York before being packaged to Cincinnati, where he will blossom into a Hall of Famer for the Reds.