MAY 3, 1975...Veteran Reds' pitcher Gary Nolan wins his first game since October of 1972 by beating the Atlanta Braves, 6-1, at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.
Nolan underwent surgery on May 13 of last year to remove a one-inch long calcium spur from his right shoulder. The onetime hard-thrower has become a bona fide finesse 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 rehabilitation.
Reds' manager Sparky Anderson makes an unexpected move before the game when he asks left fielder Pete Rose if he would be interested in becoming the team's third baseman. Rose responds by immediately taking groundballs at third base.
Anderson inserts George Foster and his bat into the starting line-up and moves Rose to third base as a replacement for the weak-hitting John Vukovich. Tonight's starting line-up includes Dan Driessen in LF with Foster in RF. Foster is placed in the eighth slot of the Reds’ line-up just behind center fielder Cesar Geronimo.
Foster goes 2-for-3 with a 2-run bomb in the sixth-inning.