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Jim Maloney and Johnny Edwards at the Reds Hall of Fame

Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney and former All-Star catcher Johnny Edwards signed autographs for fans at the Reds Hall of Fame before the Reds-Mariners game on Saturday afternoon. The line was much longer than I expected, but the players were gracious and smiled as they signed their names to baseballs, photos, cards and more.

My wife and oldest son went with me, and we were able to secure three Maloney autographs.

I love how the pose is almost identical on every card. His 1964, 1965, and 1968 cards are very similar as well.

The timing couldn’t have been better, coming just days after Homer Bailey‘s second no-hitter. Maloney was the last Reds pitcher to toss multiple no-no’s, and Edwards was his catcher during the first one.

Unfortunately, I only have one Edwards card in my collection, and it’s not even a Reds card! But it still looks great with his name scrawled across the front…

Thanks to the Reds Hall of Fame for organizing great events like this, giving us an opportunity to learn about the franchise’s past.

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Maloney and Edwards at the Reds Hall of Fame this weekend!

1965 Topps

Gold Glove catcher Johnny Edwards and Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Maloney are scheduled to appear at the Reds Hall of Fame this Saturday from 1:30-3:30 to sign autographs for visitors to the museum. Maloney is one of only three Reds pitchers to toss two no-hitters in his career (along with Johnny Vander Meer and Homer Bailey). Edwards was on the Reds 1961 World Series team, won the Gold Glove award in 1963 and 1964, and was an All-Star from 1963-1965. Edwards was the catcher for Maloney’s first no-hitter in 1965.

The most Astronomical non-Hall of Famers of Houston

The Angels have already been covered, and the A’s are currently being discussed. Next up is the Blue Jays…but how about them Astros?

My picks:
C: Johnny Edwards
1B: Jeff Bagwell
2B: Bill Doran
SS: Denis Menke
3B: Doug Rader
LF: Jose Cruz
CF: Cesar Cedeno
RF: Jimmy Wynn
sub1: Rusty Staub
sub2: Glenn Davis
LHP: Mike Cuellar
SP: J.R. Richard
SP: Mike Scott
#4 SP: Joe Niekro
#5 SP: Joaquin Andujar

The top picks of the BBF think tank:
C: Johnny Edwards
1B: Jeff Bagwell
2B: Bill Doran
SS: Dickie Thon
3B: Doug Rader
LF: Jose Cruz
CF: Cesar Cedeno
RF: Jimmy Wynn
LHP: Mike Cuellar
P: J.R. Richard
P: Joe Niekro
P: Larry Dierker
P: Mike Scott
RP: Dave Smith
sub1: Bob Watson
sub2: Rusty Staub

Cruz and Cedeno were the only ones selected at their positions on all ballots cast; Wynn was named on all ballots, but not always as RF. Richard received 12 of 13 votes, while Andujar received only mine.

Other players mentioned during the voting included Alan Ashby, Ken Caminiti, Bob Knepper and Bo Belinsky.

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