1971 A ruptured Achilles tendon for Reds center fielder Bobby Tolan brings an end to two sports seasons. Tolan suffers the injury while playing basketball for the Reds offseason squad. He misses the 1971 baseball season due to the injury and the Cincy front office disbands the basketball team as a result.
The Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after nine years, during which the club averaged 96 wins per season and won five divisional titles, four National League pennants, and two World Championships. He will lead the Detroit Tigers to the World Series Championship in 1984.
Smoky Burgess of the Cincinnati Reds hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in a 16-5 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. This season was the first 20+ home run season of Burgess’ career.
Tom Browning decides that he has seen the view from the dugout often enough, so he leaves Wrigley Field and watches his Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 from the roof of a three-story building across Sheffield Avenue. He is fined $500 for leaving the dugout—and the ballpark—during a game.
The Cincinnati Reds switch Pete Rose from left field to third base, opening a lineup spot for utility outfielder George Foster. Over the next four seasons, Foster will average 36 home runs, 117 RBI, and a .302 batting average to help the Reds to two world championships.
Cincinnati Reds rookie left fielder Frank Robinson hits the first of his 586 lifetime home runs. The home run is off Chicago Cubs hurler Paul Minner in Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s Wally Post hits four home runs in a doubleheader sweep for the Redlegs.
Chicago Cubs pitchers walk nine Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning, an N. L. record, as Cincinnati wins 9-5. Moe Drabowsky starts with four walks, Jackie Collum adds three, and Jim Brosnan passes two.