Happy Reds birthday, Curt Flood!
January 18, 1938
Everyone knows Curt Flood as the man who challenged baseball’s reserve clause, eventually ushering in the age of free agency. Before he became such a rabble rouser, though, he was actually a very good ballplayer, winning seven Gold Glove awards and appearing on the All-Star roster thrice. Early in his career, Flood played eight games over two seasons for the Reds before a trade sent him to St. Louis. In addition to his skills on the field, he also possessed a talent for the canvas. Just look at this painting of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.