May 19, 1955
Alan Knicely’s cardboard debut for the Reds came in the 1983 Topps Traded set, after showing up in the base set with the Houston Astros. The Astros traded Knicely to Cincinnati for Bill Dawley and Tony Walker. Knicely’s 1984 Topps card shows him wearing the tools of ignorance, but he disappeared from the 1985 set. Topps included him in the year-end Traded issue as a Red, but he was traded to the Phillies with Tom Foley in August for the late Bo Diaz.
After one failed attempt to an old P.O. Box, I received three autographed cards from former Reds catcher Alan Knicely, including my eleventh 1984 Topps Reds autographed card…
It only took ten days for Mr. Knicely to sign and return these 1983 Topps Traded, 1984 Topps, and 1985 Topps Traded cards to me.
The Reds went through several catchers after Johnny Bench‘s departure, but it wasn’t until the late Bo Diaz came over from Philadelphia that they had some stability at the position. Diaz was named an All-Star in 1987, his third season with the Reds. Incidentally, Knicely was part of the trade that brought Diaz to the Queen City.