Re: Reds' magic number
Here's a photo of Willard Hershberger (#5), played for the Reds from 1938-1940 and was the backup catcher for Ernie Lombardi. Hershberger has the distinction of being the only major league player to commit suicide during the season. During one point in the 1940 season, Hershberger got to play a few games in a row after Lombardi got banged up. Hershberger blamed himself for a few of the losses during that stretch and sadly committed suicide August 3, 1940.
The Reds ended up winning the World Series that year and donated a portion of their championship winnings to Hershberger's mother...
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"