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Happy Reds birthday, Ivey Wingo!

Wingo

July 8, 1890

Ivey Wingo was the catcher for the 1919 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. When he retired in 1929, Wingo was the all-time National League leader in games caught. To this day, he holds the record for most errors committed by a catcher, post-1900.

Other July 8 Reds birthdays:
Rosario Rodriguez (1969)
Bobby Ayala (1969)
Jerome Walton (1965)
George Culver (1943)
Glen Gorbous (1930)
John Powers (1929)
Jim Bluejacket (1887)
Johnny Siegle (1874)
Hank O’Day (1859)

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Happy Reds birthday, Jeff Shaw!

Shaw

July 7, 1966

Jeff Shaw is one of six Reds relievers to lead the National League in saves since it became an official statistic in 1969. The others were Wayne Granger, Clay Carroll, John Franco, and Jeff Brantley.

Other July 7 Reds birthdays:
Dave Burba (1966)
George Suggs (1882)

Happy Reds birthday, Jay Avrea!

Avrea

July 6, 1920

Jay Avrea’s pitching career last only two games; in 1950 he pitched in two games for a total of 5.1 innings.

Happy Reds birthday, Gordy Coleman!

Coleman

July 5, 1934

Gordy Coleman spent eight seasons with the Reds, becoming a very popular personality in the city. Statistically, Coleman was solid with 98 home runs and 387 RBI. Following his playing career, he worked in public relations for the Reds and made many appearances in Cincinnati to promote the club. In 1990, he color commentated Reds’ television broadcasts. Coleman passed in 1994, suffering a heart attack at the age of 59.

Other July 5 Reds birthdays:
Tony Cingrani (1989)
Mario Picone (1926)
Hod Eller (1894)
Beals Becker (1886)
Ward Miller (1884)
Lee Viau (1866)

Happy Reds birthday, Ed Armbrister!

Armbrister

July 4, 1948

Ed Armbrister will likely always be best remembered for the controversial play in Game Three of the 1975 World Series. When Armbrister laid down a bunt in the 10th inning, he collided with Carlton Fisk as he tried to field the ball. Fisk then threw wild to second; Cesar Geronimo ended up on third and Armbrister on second. Three batters later, Joe Morgan drove Geronimo home to win the game for the Reds. Many Boston fans believe Armbrister should have been called out for interference.

Other July 4 Reds birthdays:
Joe Henderson (1946)

Happy Reds birthday, Edinson Volquez!

Volquez

July 3, 1983

Edinson Volquez made the All-Star team in his first season with the Reds, and nearly won the Rookie of the Year in 2008, in spite of the fact that he was not a rookie. Three Reds players received votes for Rookie of the Year: Joey Votto, Volquez, and Jay Bruce. Volquez had already spent three seasons with the Rangers, and his rookie status expired in 2007.

Other July 3 Reds birthdays:
Greg Reynolds (1985)
Greg Vaughn (1965)
Jack Daugherty (1960)
Howie Schultz (1922)
Art Fowler (1922)
Curt Walker (1896)
Mike Balenti (1886)
Bill Tozer (1882)

Happy Reds birthday, Sean Casey!

Casey

July 2, 1974

Sean Casey, affectionately known as “The Mayor” in Cincinnati, was a hitting machine. In eight seasons with the Reds, Casey collected 1223 hits and a .305 average. He made three All-Star games but failed to collect a hit in two at-bats.

Other July 2 Reds birthdays:
Wladimir Balentien (1984)

Happy Reds birthday, Hersh Freeman!

Freeman

July 1, 1928

Hersh Freeman was one of the best relievers in baseball in 1956, and MVP voters recognized his contributions to the Reds as they mentioned his name on enough ballots to finish 13th, ahead of teammates Ted Kluszewski, Ed Bailey, and Brooks Lawrence. Freeman gained 14 victories in ’56, along with 17 saves and a 3.40 ERA. In his short career, he won 30 games and saved 36.

Other July 1 Reds birthdays:
Babe Young (1915)
Jack Quinn (1883)

Happy Reds birthday, Tony Fernandez!

Fernandez

June 30, 1962

Tony Fernandez played for seven different teams in his career, but it’s always weird to me to see him in anything but a Blue Jays uniform. He found himself on Toronto’s roster four different times—from 1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999, and 2001. 1994 was his sole season in Cincinnati. He also played for the Padres, Mets, Yankees, Indians, and Brewers.

Happy Reds birthday, Larry Stahl!

Stahl

June 29, 1941

This is a badly airbrushed card from 1973, in the days before Photoshop. Larry Stahl’s “final tribute” card in an actual Reds uniform would come in 1974, showing his final career stat line on the reverse. He played ten seasons in the majors for the Kansas City A’s, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and in his last season he suited up for the Cincinnati Reds.

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