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Big Klu
04-01-2012, 06:15 PM
It's back! The first This Date In Reds History of the year. I apologize for being unable to complete posting the games last year, as real-life stuff got in the way and I had to pull the plug in September. Hopefully, I will be able to finish the entire season this year.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with TDIRH, we will "turn back the clock" in five-year increments and look at games played on this date. This year, we will feature the following seasons--1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. We may also look into some seasons from earlier in Reds history, such as 1922, 1927, 1932, 1937, 1942, 1947, and 1952.


I started this in the middle of the 2007 season when a lot of us were puzzled at Jerry Narron's lineups, and I thought it would be interesting to see what some of the lineups in the past looked like on that date. Several of us have had a lot of fun with this since then, and I hope it will be just as enjoyable this year! So let's get started!


15 years ago (1997), an 11-4 win on Opening Day at Riverfront Stadium vs. the Rockies.

Colorado
Eric Young 2b
Ellis Burks cf
Dante Bichette lf
Larry Walker rf
Andres Galarraga 1b
Vinny Castilla 3b
Kirt Manwaring c
Walt Weiss ss
Kevin Ritz p

Cincinnati
Deion Sanders cf
Willie Greene 3b
Barry Larkin ss
Reggie Sanders rf
Hal Morris 1b
Ruben Sierra lf
Bret Boone 2b
Eddie Taubensee c
John Smiley p


WP: John Smiley (1-0)
LP: Kevin Ritz (0-1)
Sv: Kevin Jarvis (1)
HR: COL - Vinny Castilla (1), Ellis Burks (1). CIN - Willie Greene (1).

Pokey Reese made his major-league debut for the Reds in this game as a defensive substitute at SS for Barry Larkin in the ninth inning.

mth123
04-01-2012, 06:25 PM
Welcome back Klu. Love these threads.

Big Klu
04-01-2012, 06:28 PM
10 years ago (2002), a 5-4 win on Opening Day at Riverfront Stadium vs. the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs
Delino DeShields 2b
Corey Patterson cf
Sammy Sosa rf
Fred McGriff 1b
Roosevelt Brown lf
Alex S. Gonzalez ss
Todd Hundley c
Chris Stynes 3b
Jon Lieber p

Cincinnati
Todd Walker 2b
Barry Larkin ss
Ken Griffey Jr. cf
Sean Casey 1b
Aaron Boone 3b
Adam Dunn lf
Juan Encarnacion rf
Jason LaRue c
Joey Hamilton p


WP: Danny Graves (1-0)
LP: Jeff Fassero (0-1)
HR: CIN - Todd Walker (1).

This was the final Opening Day at Riverfront Stadium.