Happy Reds birthday, Jack Armstrong!
March 7, 1965
1990 looked to be a breakout year for this former first rounder; Jack Armstrong was 11-3 with a 2.28 ERA at the All-Star break, and was named the starter of the Midsummer Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Reds were sitting pretty at the top of the NL West, and four teammates joined Armstrong at the All-Star Game: Chris Sabo (starter at third base), Barry Larkin, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers. Armstrong pitched two innings of one-hit ball, striking out Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. The second half of the season was not as smooth for Armstrong, as he won only one more decision the rest of the season and added six losses to his record. By September he found himself in the bullpen, appearing in only three more games after a five-inning start on August 24. Armstrong was traded to Cleveland after the 1991 season, then went to Florida in 1993 and Texas in 1994 before he was out of the big leagues for good.