Re: Aug 21 .. 20 Yrs Ago Today .. Chris Welsh & Eric Davis Shine In Reds Victory
AUGUST 21, 1971 … Reds’ lefty Jim Merritt wins his first game of the season after winning 20 games for the Reds in 1970. Merritt, trying to overcome an arm problem, relieves starter Wayne Simpson and picks up the win after throwing 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief against the Pirates in Cincinnati. Reds 6, Pirates 3.
That was the first MLB game I ever went to. I was eight years old and was something I will never forget. That was the only win of the season for Merritt. He was relieving another pitcher who was nearly done with arm problems;Simpson. George Foster had a big triple to drive in a couple of runs and my favorite player at that time,Johnny Bench, hit a home run. Couldn't have been a better day for an eight year old kid.
Reds Fan Since 1971