Happy Reds birthday, Jack Billingham!
February 21, 1943
The pitchers of the Big Red Machine don’t get a lot of attention, because they were overshadowed by Hall of Famers like Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, as well as other offensive standouts like Pete Rose and George Foster. But Jack Billingham was one of the best in the National League, winning 87 games for Cincinnati and finishing 4th and 6th in Cy Young Award voting in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Billingham was a part of the big deal that not only brought Morgan to the Reds, but also center fielder Cesar Geronimo before the 1972 season.