1963 Cincinnati Reds rookie, Pete Rose, plays his first spring training game, and goes two for two against the Chicago White Sox. Pete will amass 170 hits in his rookie year on his way to 4,256 hits lifetime.
2002 The Detroit Tigers sign Dmitri Young, who hit .302 with 21 home runs for Cincinnati in ’01, to a four-year contract, after they traded for him in December. In 2003, his 167 hits will outpace his closest teammate by 53!
1919 N.L. president John Heydler dismisses charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Christy Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers. Two weeks later, Giants manager John McGraw trades first baseman Walter Holke and catcher Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase. The 1919 season will end with the…
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.