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Happy Reds birthday, Eppa Rixey!


May 3, 1891

Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey played 13 years for the Reds, winning 179 of his 266 career victories while wearing a Cincinnati uniform. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963 by the Veterans Committee, thirty years after his big league career ended. When he was informed that he had received the necessary support, he said, “They’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel, aren’t they?”

What year(s) were these cards released?

Reds legends Edd Roush, Eppa Rixey, and Ernie Lombardi are looking for a home in my binder.

I’m almost finished “bindering” all of my Reds cards, I’m not quite sure what year to stick these three cards in because there is no copyright date or release information on them. Can anyone help?

It looks like most eBay sellers indicate the Baseball Immortals set was released in 1981…but I know that can’t be the case for Lombardi, who wasn’t inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1986.

Trading with a Mets fan

An off-site trade that was arranged with a fellow member of the Baseball Fever brought some interesting Reds cards into my collection.

Some of my favorite cards when I started collecting were the “Baseball’s Immortals” and “Baseball’s Greatest” sets. They were the cheapest way to obtain Hall of Famers and other former superstars, and educated this (at the time) young baseball fan of the game’s great past.

Eppa Rixey
Baseball Hall of Famer: 1963 (Veteran’s Committee)
Reds Hall of Famer: 1959

Ted Kluszewski
Baseball Hall of Famer: nope
Reds Hall of Famer: 1962

Ernie Lombardi
Baseball Hall of Famer: 1986 (Veteran’s Committee)
Reds Hall of Famer: 1958

Edd Roush
Baseball Hall of Famer: 1962 (Veteran’s Committee)
Reds Hall of Famer: 1960

Al Simmons
Baseball Hall of Famer: 1953 (BBWAA)
Reds Hall of Famer: nope (only played
9 regular season games for the Reds, all in 1939)

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