Happy Reds birthday, Joe Stripp!
February 3, 1903
Joe Stripp was an early entrepreneur, opening one of the first winter instructional schools for baseball prospects in 1937, near the end of his playing career. “Jersey Joe” played four seasons for the Reds, batting .296 in 341 games for Cincinnati. He also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston Bees. Stripp was the last batter to face Burleigh Grimes in Grimes’ Hall of Fame career, striking out to the last legal spitballer in the majors.