Happy Reds birthday, Kurt Stillwell!
June 4, 1965
I staked my claim as a Kurt Stillwell fan at some point during the 1987 season. I don’t remember if he made a good play or hit a home run or why exactly I latched onto him, but he became my favorite player while he was in Cincinnati. After the season, however, the Reds traded Stillwell along with Ted Power to Kansas City for Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar. Stillwell returned to Cincinnati in 1988 as an All-Star reserve for the American League; it would be his only career All-Star nod. Meanwhile, the shortstop the Reds built their future around—Barry Larkin—made his first of 12 All-Star rosters. The pitcher Kansas City delivered to Cincinnati—Danny Jackson—was also named an All-Star in 1988. I’m still a Stillwell fan today, but looking back, it’s obvious Cincinnati made the right choice in keeping Larkin.