Happy Reds birthday, Kip Wells!

Wells

April 21, 1977

Kip Wells was considered a prospect early in his career, but never really lived up to that promise. He twice led the National League in losses, and his career record was 69-103. He pitched in 10 games for the Reds in 2009, going 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA.

Happy Reds birthday, Jeff Keppinger!

Keppinger

April 21, 1980

Jeff Keppinger made a lot of contact during his career, striking out only 214 times in 2882 at bats. He twice led the NL in at bats per strikeout. In 2008 with the Reds, Keppinger struck out only once every 19.1 at bats. He also played for the Mets, Royals, Astros, Giants, Rays, and White Sox.

Happy Reds birthday, Milt Wilcox!

Wilcox

April 20, 1950

Milt Wilcox only spent two seasons with the Reds, but collected a playoff win as a rookie in a three-inning relief appearance against the Pirates in the 1970 NLCS. More than a decade later, reunited with manager Sparky Anderson, Wilcox again found himself on the winning end in the postseason. He collected victories against the Royals in the 1984 ALCS, and against the Padres in the World Series. In 2005, Wilcox started a new venture with his son called Ultimate Air Dogs, described as “the premier dock jumping organization in the country.”

Happy Reds birthday, Mike O’Berry!

OBerry

April 20, 1954

Mike O’Berry played for six different teams in his seven-year big league career. After he hung up his catcher’s gear, O’Berry began a managerial career and led the Bluefield Orioles to their first Appalachian League championship in a decade.

Happy Reds birthday, Todd Hollandsworth!

Hollandsworth

April 20, 1973

Cincinnati was the last stop in Todd Hollandsworth’s 12-year big league career. He also played for the Dodgers, Rockies, Cubs, Braves, Rangers, Indians, and Marlins, and is currently a broadcaster for Miami on FOX Sports Florida.

Happy Reds birthday, Donovan Hand!

Hand

April 20, 1986

Donovan Hand only appeared in one game for Cincinnati in 2015, a three inning, no run relief performance against the Detroit Tigers. After pitching last season for Caribes de Anzoategui in Puerto La Cruz in the Venezuelan Winter League and for the Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater, NJ, of the independent Atlantic League, Hand is currently pitching for the Mets AAA affiliate Las Vegas 51s.

Happy Reds birthday, Bucky Walters!

Bucky

April 19, 1909

Bucky Walters was one of the star pitchers for the National League Champion Reds in 1939, and the World Champion Reds in 1940. Both years, he led the National League in victories and ERA, and was named the MVP in 1939. A six-time All-Star, Walters was a part of the first class of Reds Hall of Famers, along with Paul Derringer, Ernie Lombardi, Frank McCormick, and Johnny Vander Meer.

Happy Reds birthday, Frank Viola!

1988 All-Star

April 19, 1960

Allegedly, Frank Viola made three appearances for the Reds in 1995; I have been unable to find photographic proof of this. If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be great. But if it ain’t on Google, I doubt such proof exists. The first time Viola pitched in Riverfront Stadium, he was the starting pitcher for the American League All-Star squad in 1988. He faced six batters, and none reached based.

Happy Reds birthday, Dennys Reyes!

Reyes

April 19, 1977

The back of his 2001 Topps card reads, “Legend has it that Dennys learned to throw left-handed as a youngster after a Dodgers scout jokingly told him he signed only southpaws.” Dennys Reyes appeared in 170 games for the Reds between 1998 and 2001, striking out 204 batters in 197 innings.

Happy Reds birthday, Zach Duke!

Duke

April 19, 1983

Zach Duke made some waves as a rookie in 2005, pitching to an 8-2 record and 1.81 ERA in 14 games for the Pirates. He didn’t have another winning record for several seasons. In 2013, Duke appeared as a reliever in 14 games for the Reds and kept his ERA down at 0.84, but that was only in 10.2 innings of work.

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