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Updated: 2012-04-15T19:38:52.172-05:00


Slain Reds Player Denied Justice?


This article on discusses the prospect of two suspects on trial for the 2003 murder of Reds' prospect Dernell Stenson.

Without making a political statement, let me say that I hope whomever is charged and found guilty of Stenson's murder has the proverbial book thrown at them. If, in Arizona, the maximum penalty is a death sentence, then so be it.

Stenson was a victim of violent aggression and, apparently, fought to save himself before his murderer's completed the job. At the time of his murder, Stenson was representing the Reds in the Arizona Fall League. He was 25.

Graph-ic Design


David Appelman is now writing for The Hardball Times. David has an eye-appealing website called FanGraphs you should check out.

Here's an example of David's excellent work. Despite his high strikeout totals, Adam Dunn's walk-to-strikeout ratio consistently exceeds the league average. Not bad for our new first baseman.

Reds Freel and Deal


If the front office intended to do this all along, why on earth did O'Brien trade for the "prototypical National League player" at the Winter Meetings?

Tony Womack - 36 years old next season, paid $2 million
351 PA in 2005
BA = 9% below league average
OBP = 18% below league average
SLG = 19% below league average
Runs Created per 27 Outs = 2.52
Adjusted Production = 53% below league average
Stole 53 bases between 2004-2005

Ryan Freel - 30 years old next season, paid $1.3 million
431 PA in 2005
BA = 1% below league average
OBP = 7% above league average
SLG = 12% below league average
Runs Created per 27 Outs = 4.55
Adjusted Production = 8% below league average
Stole 73 bases between 2004-2005

Freel may not be the best fielder, the fastest runner, the greatest hitter, nor the youngest player on the team, but he's considerably better to the alternative. He lost playing time at second base due to Aurilia's prescence on the roster last year. The Reds are going to repeat the mistake next season, but with Womack instead.

Seeking Approval


The past week was spent hoping to find the headline: MLB owners approve sale of Reds. A reasonable amount of time has passed since the sale of the team to Cardinals' minority owners Robert Castellini and Tom and Joe Williams. One would think last week's owners meetings in Dallas, Texas would have been the appropriate time and place for major league owners to vote on the proposed sale, particularly given the fact that, with the off-season almost half-way done, new ownership might have something to say about the club's direction next season?

I suppose it's too much to have expected anything to save the Reds from this disaster.

Apologies for the Absence



It's been quite a while since I put in an entry here. Let me apologize for all but killing this blog with the lack of activity. There were serious family medical concerns this summer which took precedence over other activities.

Between being a full-time husband, father, student and employee, I have a pretty full plate and "spare time" is a foreign concept far more often than when I was younger. Just been getting my ducks in a row at home, at work, at school. Sometimes - this may shock some of you who know me well, but sometimes - baseball just has to wait.

In any case, I am going to apply such free time as I have this winter to getting Crosley's Ghost off life support. Hope you'll forgive the long delay. It's been an interesting winter.

Bye, Bye O'Brien


No. It's not happening. But it needs to. Dan O'Brien needs to kiss his job goodbye.

After shipping out Joe Randa, the Reds stood pat with four or five hitters they could have shipped out in a seller's market. I don't know if O'Brien's asking price was too high or what, he did nothing to help the Reds. Nothing to help them win now. Nothing to help them win later. Nothing, even, to help them reduce their payroll.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the following comment from the executive of a contending team:

"I don't understand what they were doing....I thought we made real solid offers for a couple of their guys, and we'd never get a response. They'd never give you names of guys they want. They wouldn't tell you what they were trying to do. You were never sure who they wanted. You could never tell whether guys you were talking about were available. And they might not even call back."

This is a pattern other managers and executives have complained about all year with Dan O'Brien. He's unresponsive. He's untrustworthy. He's unreliable. O'Brien gives his peers the impression that Cincinnati's front office is in complete disarray.

This is the second season O'Brien could have unloaded an overpriced, over 30, hitter at the deadline. (Sean Casey last year. Ken Griffey this.) Both times O'Brien was in the driver's seat: two months left with several teams still in the pennant race, all needing a big bat to make the difference in the stretch run.

Does O'Brien not know who he should ask for? O'Brien has held his job for two years now. The fact that both seasons he has crippled his team's future through his inaction means that Reds fans can't afford for O'Brien to hold it another.

Chick down on the farm


Baseball America interviewed Travis Chick. He looks to be a promising return on the Randa trade. Germano was just a thrown-in.

The article explains why Chick's minor league record is mixed this season: he was thrown in a little over his head because he'd performed so well at his previous level. Interested to see if the Reds send him to the Arizona Fall League this winter.

Avoid at All Costs


After taking in a few games at Great American last week, I was saddened by how much the Cubs' Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez torched Reds' pitching while they were down here. It got me to wondering whether they were the most productive players against the Reds this year, or if it was actually possible for someone else to have hit better against us. Through last night's 11-7 loss to Milwaukee, here are the best hitters against Cincinnati this year. Because of the small sample size, I'm listing those with the most total bases against Reds pitching in 2005:

TB Player
45 Derrek Lee, Cubs
33 Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
32 Lyle Overbay, Brewers
31 Reggie Sanders, Cardinals
30 Morgan Ensberg, Astros
29 Jason Lane, Astros
25 Jeromy Burnitz, Cubs
22 Adam Everett, Astros
22 Albert Pujols, Cardinals
21 Michael Barrett, Cubs
20 Bobby Abreau, Phillies
20 Jim Edmonds, Cardinals

As far as the Reds are concerned, there's no contest for the NL MVP Award this season.

To be fair, let's look at those pitchers, the Reds would rather not face any more this season. Best ERAs, minimum 10 innings.

ERA Pitcher
1.23 Roger Clemens, Astros
1.93 Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
2.14 Roy Oswalt, Astros
2.29 Mark Prior, Cubs
2.77 Andy Pettitte, Astros

It's no wonder the Reds are just 4-9 against Houston this season!

Reds Remove Randa


Joe Randa's career in a Cincinnati uniform is over. The third baseman was traded to San Diego this afternoon in exchange for two minor leaguers. Randa replaces Phil Nevin (who is on his way to Baltimore in a separate deal) for the Padres while the Reds will likely call up hot prospect Juan Encarnacion and give him the third base job for the rest of the season. (Unless they give it to Ryan Freel because they insist on playing the inept Rich Aurilia at second.)

The only acquisition the Reds have announced so far is pitcher Justin Germano, who was sporting a 3.70 ERA in 19 starts for the AAA Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Germano, just 22 year old, will probably be remanded to Louisville. The other prospect acquired is, at this time, rumored to be Travis Chick. While Germano isn't likely to be anything more than a rotation filler long-term, Chick could easily turn into a staff ace if his potential says anything. Chick, 21 year-old 6'3" right-hander, was pitching for the Padres' AA affiliate in Mobile, Alabama. He will likely be put on Dayton's roster while he continues to develop. Both are power pitchers with good strikeout rates this season.

Kearns Update


After three weeks in Louisville, Austin Kearns is still tearing up AAA pitching. Besides the reports of Kearns dropping a few pounds and recapturing the sweet swing that had Reds fans believing this would be a breakout year for the young slugger, Kearns' most impressive accomplishment during his minor league exile is his stat line - .372/.438/.702 - in over a hundred plate appearances since his demotion.

Kearns is batting .372 and slugging .702! He's scored 22 runs and driven in 18 runners in 24 games with the Bats. This writer will be taking an excursion to Louisville in the later half of this month and you can be sure I'll be rooting hard for #28!

Call the man up! Even - *cringe* - if it means I'll have to drive to Cincinnati to see him.

Free Austin Kearns!


Austin Kearns had the best spring training of anyone on the Cincinnati Reds. He started the season in a slump, a slump that the whole team was mired in at the time. He's now smoking the ball at AAA Louisville after his demotion earlier this month.

Kearns is batting .379/.455/.690. His OPS is an awesome 1.145 after more than a week with the Bats.

It's time to bring Kearns back up to the big league club. It's time to hand him the starting job he so richly deserves. It's time to start those players who have earned their starting time - Kearns, Dunn, Griffey and Pena - and time to rid the team of dead weight. But how can Kearns, Dunn, Griffey and Pena all start at the same time? Simple. Take the outfielder with the worst range - Dunn by a mile - and put him on first base.

Ah....first base! Home of Sean "the Mayor" Casey since the 1998 season.

For their $7.8 million this year, the Reds are getting a first baseman who's hitting .320. Casey, however, isn't particularly good with the glove, is one of the slower runners on the team, and has absolutely no power to go with that .320 average.

Of Casey's 83 hits this season, only 20 have gone for extra bases. That means 76% of his hits are singles! 17 hits have gone for doubles, none for triples, and just 3 of Casey's line drives went over the outfield wall this year.

The only reason Casey has the 32 RBI he's collected is because Dave Miley insisted on batting the impotent "slugger" 3rd in the lineup, where he's been presented with ample opportunities thanks to the outstanding half-seasons of Ryan Freel and Felipe Lopez.

Back to Kearns....with Casey being a generation older than Dunn, Kearns and Pena - and Griffey's contract making him virtually untradeable - doesn't it stand to reason that the Reds' future doesn't include the 30-year Casey?

People don't come out to the ballpark because Casey's a nice guy. No matter what Carl Lindner might hear from the local press. They come out to see a winner. Sure people are going to be upset that we're trading a ".300 hitter," but what good is a .300 hitter if he hasn't any other skills and he's prevent more talented, more productive hitters from getting in the lineup every day?

Well I'll tell you what good he is. Absolutely none.

Miley's record of dis-STINK-tion


Shout it from the tallest tower! Dave Miley is history! The city is cheering wildly! least I am!

Here are the ten worst managers in Reds' history by winning percentage (min. 250 games):
.383 Dan Howley, 1930-1932
.418 Buck Herzog, 1914-1916
.426 Luke Sewell, 1949-1952
.431 Chuck Dressen, 1934-1937
.433 Dave Miley, 2003-2005
.444 Bob Boone, 2001-2003
.458 Ned Hanlon, 1906-1907
.461 Johnny Neun, 1947-1948
.477 Ray Knight, 1996-1997, 2003
.482 Christy Mathewson, 1916-1918

Here's the ten worst managers by games under .500:
108 Dan Howley, 1930-1932
68 Chuck Dressen, 1934-1937
61 Buck Herzog, 1914-1916
60 Luke Sewell, 1949-1952
48 Bob Boone, 2001-2003
45 Bid McPhee, 1901-1902
42 Bucky Walters, 1948-1949
39 Dave Miley, 2003-2005
36 Donie Bush, 1933
30 Bob O'Farrell, 1934
30 Russ Nixon, 1982-1983

A couple of notes...

(1) Notice how Cincinnati's worst managerial stints are primarily grouped into two eras. The first would be the 1930's; no wonder they called it the Depression! The second? Well...3 of the 4 Reds managers since Davey Johnson was run out of town make the first list and 2 make the second list. All Davey Johnson ever did was win 2 division titles and take the team to the NLCS against the World Champion Atlanta Braves in 1995. The only good manager since was Jack McKeon, who won a Manager of the Year Award with Cincinnati in 1999, had the temerity to ask for a raise, and was also run out of town. All he's done since is win a World Championship.

(2) Yes...that is the Christy Mathewson. What? Did you think he was elected to the Hall of Fame for his managing skills?

Wilson's Lies Cost Team Time, Money


Paul Wilson has pitched horribly all season. All season, Paul Wilson insisted there was nothing wrong with him physically. The same Paul Wilson who's once promising career has been derailed time and again by an onslaught of injuries, surgeries and unsuccesful comebacks.

As late as May 12, pitching coach Don Gullet was sticking up for Wilson based on Wilson's word that he was fine, despite an obvious drop in Wilson's velocity this year. On May 25th, the team finally ignored Wilson's protestations and placed him on the DL, believing he had "a little tendonitus in his shoulder."

Wilson had exploratory surgery yesterday, when doctors discovered and repaired a torn labrum and rotator cuff. Wilson is done for the season.

Wilson, who hasn't pitched since May 16, could have been diagnosed, and fixed, much earlier in the year, had he been honest about whatever pain he was feeling in his shoulder. It somehow seems wrong that the team has to pay the rest of his $3.6 million salary this year while he recuperates from surgery after being lied to.

Too bad Wilson's deception doesn't extend to his pitching.

Cincinnati gets Smoltzed


The Braves are coming into town and the good news - for Reds fans - is that 3 of the Braves' top 4 starters - Mike Hampton, Tim Hudson and John Thompson - are on the disabled list and won't be able to face Cincinnati this weekend. The bad news is that John Smoltz did pitch.

And after last night, Smoltz has extended his streak of consecutive wins against Cincinnati to 12, going 12-0 in his last 15 starts against the Reds. Smoltz is 18-11 versus Cincinnati lifetime. The streak is all the more amazing for the past 4 seasons Smoltz has spent either injured or in Atlanta's bullpen. Smoltz, who won a Cy Young Award in 1996 as a starter, won his first start against Cincinnati since 1999.

Last night Smoltz allowed just 4 hits, with no walks, while striking out 9 Reds' hitters in the 5-2 victory. Certainly a masterful performance for someone who was questionable, just 3 months ago, about whether he could indeed reach 100 innings pitched this season without sustaining further injury.

Complicating the Reds' woes was that last night's win was only Atlanta's 5th in its last 14 games. The Reds are poised to take an important series from the Braves, but lost the momentum thanks to Smoltz's performance in the first game.

Adam Dunn hit his 17th home run off Smoltz; one of just 2 runs the Reds' suddenly anemic offense managed to produce.

Of greater embarassament to the Reds was that they allowed 46-year old Julio Franco to steal second and third base last night, doubling his steals on the season to 4 and having his first 2-steal game since 1994, when he was a young 35. I have marvelled that Franco is still playing at the major league level, but more incredible is how inept the old man made Javier Valentin look last night. Fortunately, Jason LaRue will be back in the lineup tonight after attending his grandfather's funeral.

There's No Place Like Home


Cincinnati dropped the last game of their series at Fenway 6-1, meaning the team has now been swept in 3 of its last 4 road series.

Jerry Cransnick over at ESPN takes a loot at the team's outfield situation and speculates on who they should keep and who they should trade. Unfortunately, you have to be a (paid) subscriber to in order to read the whole story so I'll save you the time and give you my opinion for free.

The Reds should ship out Sean Casey and play Adam Dunn at first base. This would open up an outfield spot for Wily Mo Pena to play regularly. While we're at it, the Reds ought to be playing Ryan Freel at second and Felipe Lopez at short every day they can. There is no excuse to field Luis Lopez or Rich Aurilia. While Aurilia wasn't as bad as his early season start, he's not as good as his recent hot streak either.

Joe Randa should be gone after this year. I'd try to shop him over the next 6 weeks, too. Randa leaving will only open a space for Edwin Encarnacion to get promoted from Louisville that much sooner.

Of course you need someone in the dugout who's willing to make these kinds of changes. You know...the kind based on merit, not popularity. It's time for Dave Miley to leave us. He had a good minor league record, but he's had ample time to make some kind of an impact at the major league level and it seems Miley is overwhelmed with the responsibility of managing big league players. A demotion would seem in order. Perhaps Chris Chambliss could take the job for the rest of the year?

Milton Exceeds Expectations


Eric Milton had an impressive 5-2/3 innings yesterday. Not in the sense that he allowed 9 earned runs, but in the sense that none of those runs, amazingly, were surrendered by a home run.

Fear not loyal Milton fans, despite this latest setback our man is still on pace to shatter the single season home run record. Held by the unfortunate Bert Blyleven since 1986, Milton is on pace for 55 allowing home runs, barring Dave Miley coming to his senses and benching or demoting the high-paid southpaw. That would exceed the current record - 50 - by 10 percent.

Anderson not Reds only Hall of Fame Manager


Sparky Anderson had his number retired the other night before the game. He is the third Reds manager to have his number retired. Fred Hutchison and Tony Perez beat him to it. I still don't understand why this didn't happen a decade ago when Anderson retired. Anderson was the Grand Marshall of the Opening Day Parade in 1996. Why wasn't his number retired that day? Or even later that summer? Or in 2000 after he was elected to the Hall of Fame? Guess the Reds had to wait until the team stank and they needed a promotional tool to get fans into the ballpark. This wreaks of John Allen.

Besides Anderson, only three other managers have won a World Series with the Reds. They are Pat Moran (1919), Bill McKechnie (1940), and Lou Piniella (1990). Anderson is the only Reds manager to win two.

O's Continue to Vex Reds


Cincinnati dropped a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Orioles last night. Of note was Ken Griffey's 10th homer of the season, moving him into 18th on the career list, tied with Hall of Famer Mel Ott.

It marked the first time in baseball history that three players with 500 home runs appeared in the same game. Besides Griffey (511), the Orioles featured Sammy Sosa (580) and Rafael Palmeiro (559).

Game two begins at 7:10 tonight.

Reds Sweep Rays


In only their second series sweep of the season, Cincinnati sent Tampa Bay packing with three consecutive wins. The Reds scored 34 runs in the series, its highest total in a 3-game homestand since 1898. Can you believe that?!? 1898!!! Back in the day when future Hall of Famers Jake Beckley, Bid McPhee and Elmer Smith starred for the Cincinnati nine!

Cincinnati will host Baltimore next. It is the first time the two teams have played each other since the 1970 World Series. The good news is that Brooks Robinson won't be playing this time around.

Pena Powers Comeback


Wily Mo Pena, recent reactivated from the disabled list, hit 2 home runs tonight to help the Reds come from behind and beat the visiting Devil Rays 11-9. The Reds trailed 11-5 as they entered the 8th, but they scored 3 runs to pull within 1 and then, in the bottom of the 9th, they managed to tie the game. Pena hit his 2nd homer of the game, a 2-run blast, in a walk-off performance.

Tonight was Wily Mo Pena bobblehead night at Great American Ballpark. Perhaps the team needs a few more of those promotions this season?

Tomorrow is the final game with Tampa Bay and the Reds have a rare chance to sweep their opponent. Perhaps it helps that the Reds, whose 337 runs allowed are the most allowed in the National League are playing their American League counterpart in that respect? The Devil Rays lead the majors with 354 runs allowed so far this year.


Elsewhere in baseball tonight, Alex Rodriguez belted 2 dingers for the Yankees, making him the youngest player ever to reach 400 career home runs.

Reds Draft Selections


Yesterday began baseball's annual amateur draft. The Reds' first pick was Jay Bruce, a center fielder out of Westbrook High School in Texas. Bruce was the 12th overall selection in the draft. Below are all the Reds' picks from yesterday.

Picks are listed by round, with the school last attended and state of origin. Typical position designations are used, except for pitchers where "s" or "r" designate starter or reliever and they are preceeded with an "lh" or "rh" to denote which arm the pitcher throws with.

1st - Jay Bruce, cf, Westbrook HS, Texas
2nd - Travis Wood, lhs, Bryant HS, Alexander, Ark.
3rd - Zachary Ward, rhs, Gardner-Webb
4th - Sameul Lecure, rhs, no school, Centertown, Mo.
5th - James Avery, rhs, Niagara
6th - Jeffrey Stevens, rhs, Loyola Marymount
7th - Brandon Roberts, cf, Cal Poly-SLO
8th - Michael Jones, ss, Wayne County HS, Jesup, Ga.
9th - Milton Loo, 3b, Yavapi College
10th - Thomas Lanier, rhr, Georgia
11th - Charles Fisher, rhs, Lewis & Clark
12th - Adam Rosales, ss, Western Michigan
13th - Logan Ondrusek, rhr, McClennan CC
14th - Michael Griffin, 2b, Baylor
15th - Micahel De Jesus, 2b, Coastal Carolina
16th - Jason Vecchio, rhs, Texas-San Antonio
17th - David Wilson, lhs, Lander U.
18th - Kevyn Feiner, ss, Sun Prairie (Wis.) HS.

The Reds picked 12th in each round and had no supplemental draft picks this year (as they had no significant free agent departures last winter). Baseball does not permit the trading of draft picks.

The Reds will continue to draft the rest of this week and then will look towards signing these players and assigning them to appropriate minor league affiliates.

Graves Goes to Mets


Danny Graves signed with the New York Mets after clearing waivers earlier this week. Graves will join a bullpen that is 6th in the National League with a 3.83 ERA.

Graves was torched in 20 outings to the tune of a .357/.433/.607 mark while the rest of the Reds' bullpen has allowed gone .281/.352/.437 without him.

The Reds will be paying for almost all his remaining salary, a little over $4 million while the Mets will only be responsible for a pro-rated share of the league minimum.

Graves' signing with New York marks the second time in Reds history that their career saves leader has gone to the Mets. John Franco, traded December 1989, was the previous one.

Reds light up Rocket


If there was any doubt that Aaron Harang is the best starting pitcher on the Reds' 40-man roster, he removed it today with a 9-0 win over Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. Harang pitched 7 shutout innings and fanned 10, leaving the game with a 2-0 lead over Roger Clemens in a great pitcher's duel.

Clemens only mistake was a gopher ball to Joe Randa in the 2nd inning with Adam Dunn on base. That 2-0 lead held for Harang until the Reds beat up on the Houston bullpen, scoring 7 runs in the top of the 9th to put an exclamation point on the victory.

Randa raised his batting average to .291 with a 3-for-4 performance and the Reds' offense seems to have been awaken this past week with several games of high-powered offense.

Let's just hope Rich Aurilia doesn't come back from the DL in time to screw it up.

Reds start slow climb to respectability


Adam Dunn hit his league-leading 14th home run in last night's 6-5 win over the Pirates. The Reds are now 4-1 since designating Danny Graves for assignment. Ryan Wagner got the win last night in relief.

Eric Milton will take the mound tonight. He won his last start.

All in all, there are signs that many of the Reds are coming out of their early season slumps. Ken Griffey Jr. is leading the team in RBI with 23. Adam Dunn is one of the best hitters in the National League. Sean Casey has raised his batting average to .312. Felipe Lopez is coming along solidly and proving why he should be the team's starting shortstop. Aaron Harang has had three good outings in his last four and leads the team in wins (3), ERA (3.32) and strikeouts (47). Ryan Wagner was the league leader in holds before being placed in some save situations since Graves' departure.

In addition to the major league club, the Reds have a starting pitcher at AAA Louisville named Steve Kelly who is 4-1 with 1.83 ERA so far this season. Edwin Encarnacion is batting .300+ there and is making a strong case for being called up before September.

There is reason for optimism here. Even with Milton taking the hill tonight.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Tom Browning Edition


Any self-respecting Reds fan who's old enough to vote should know that Tom Browning holds the team record for 234 home runs allowed in a Cincinnati uniform. But, thanks to the folks at Retrosheet, we present to you "the rest of the story:"

It was July 30, 1991 when Tom Browning started for the Reds. Browning was sitting on 194 career home runs, 3 short of the Reds' franchise record and well on his way towards leading the National League in home runs allowed for the 3rd time in his career. The Reds had a 1-0 lead as he took the mound in the second inning. First batter up was George Bell, the Cubs' leftfielder (and former AL MVP just 4 years earlier.) Bell homered, tying the game at 1-1.

The Reds scored runs in the bottom of the second and third, taking a 3-1 lead as Browning entered the fourth inning. Andre Dawson lined out to Paul O'Neill in right field. Bell, the second batter of the inning, promtply took Browning deep a second time. 3-2 Reds. Browning had now served up 2 homers to George Bell, bringing his career total to just 1 behind the (then) team record 197 homers. The Reds plated another run in the 4th to take a 4-2 lead. That held for 2 more innings.

Browning opened the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead. Luis Salazar, Chicago's third baseman, went deep to open the inning. Browning now shared the record. Apparently eager to make history, the next batter, shortstop Shawon Dunston, added the 4th solo shot of the night against the Reds ace. Salazar and Dunston, who, between them, homered only 241 times in 10,028 career at bats! Browning now had sole place of 1st as the Reds' all-time home runs allowed leader, with 198. It wasn't easy for him to do it, but Browning made sure it was a record the home town crowd could witness, by allowing 4 moon shots in the record-breaking game!

Not only that, but the game was now tied 4-4. Browning was lucky to finish the inning. After serving up those inning-opening back-to-back homers, Rick Wilkins, the Cubs' catcher, doubled. Their pitcher, one Greg Maddux, bunted Wilkins to third for the first out. With the top of the order coming up, and just one out, Wilkins - the catcher - tried to steal home! He was thrown out and the leadoff hitter, Chico Walker, flew out to right.

The game went into extra innings (without either Browning or Maddux) and the Cubs went ahead 5-4 in the 10th. In the bottom of the frame, however, O'Neill homered to tie the score and, two batters later, Bill Doran hit a walk-off homer to win it, 6-5.

A history-making evening for Tom Browning salvaged by extra-inning heroics by the Reds' hitters. Four home runs to tie, then break, the previous record (of 197) held by whom? None other than the man in the broadcast booth that very evening, the Old Lefthander, Joe Nuxhall!