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05-03-2008, 03:56 PM
May 3

MAY 3, 1987 … The Next Willie Mays? Well…maybe. Reds’ center fielder Eric Davis cracks three home runs, including a grandslam, as Cincinnati beats the Phillies, 9-6, in Philadelphia. Davis will go on to hit a total of three grand slammers in the month of May.

MAY 3, 1980 … Forty-two year-old San Francisco Giants’ first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st career home run off Montreal’s Scott Sanderson to tie him with Ted Williams on the all-time HR list. This homer will become known as McCovey’s final career longball. McCovey will announce his retirement on June 6.

MAY 3, 1975 … Reds’ manager Sparky Anderson makes an unexpected move before the game by asking left fielder Pete Rose if he would be interested in becoming the team’s new third baseman. Rose responds by immediately taking groundballs at third base. Wanting to get George Foster’s bat into the line-up on amore consistent basis, Anderson assigns Foster to the starting outfield as Rose goes to third base as a replacement for the weak-hitting John Vukovich.

Reds’ starting pitcher Gary Nolan wins his first game since October, 1972, as the Reds defeat the Braves, 6-1.

Nolan underwent surgery on May 13 of last year to remove an inch-long calcium spur from his right shoulder. The onetime hard-throwing right-hander has become a control pitcher since losing his blazing fastball to shoulder problems. Nolan has missed most of the last two seasons due to shoulder pain and post-operative shoulder rehabilitation.

MAY 3, 1964 … The Reds pullout a 6-5 win over the New York Mets after being down, 5-1, in the seventh-inning.

Pinch-hitter Marty Keough belts a three-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh-inning to bring the Reds within striking distance. In the eighth-inning, back-up catcher Hal Smith hits a two-run pinch-hit single to score the go ahead run. Cincinnati holds off New York in the top of the ninth-inning for the win at Crosley Field.

wally post
05-03-2008, 07:27 PM
lovely. I can see the terrace now at Crosley and feel hopeful of our future to boot!