AN AUGUST HISTORY OF CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL
AUGUST 1, 1978…The Atlanta Braves beat up on the Reds and put a halt to Pete Rose’s 44 game hitting streak. Braves’ pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber stop the streak. The Reds lose, 16-4.
AUGUST 2, 1987…..Cincinnati’s Eric Davis becomes the 7th player in history to hit 30 HR's and steal 30 bases in the same season. Davis cracks his 30th HR in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Reds a 5-4 victory over the Giants.
AUGUST 3, 1989…..The Reds score 14 runs in the first inning and are on their way to an 18-2 bashing of the Houston Astros. The Reds set a major league record by banging out 16 hits in the first inning.
AUGUST 4, 1964…..Reds’ manager Fred Hutchinson returns to the Reds after being away since July 27th for cancer treatment. The Reds welcome “Hutch” back to the job by taking a doubleheader from the Braves.
AUGUST 5, 1986…..The Reds bomb the Giants’ new pitcher Steve Carlton for 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings on their way to an 11-6 victory. Carlton fans Eric Davis to record his 4,000th career strikeout and joins Nolan Ryan as the only two pitchers to reach the 4,000 mark.
AUGUST 6, 1965…..Reds’ pinch-hitter Jimmie Coker lines a single to leftfield scoring Marty Keough from second base in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Reds beat the Dodgers, 5-4, at Crosley Field. Solo homers by Tommy Harper, Pete Rose, Deron Johnson, and Don Pavletich account for the other Reds’ scoring.
AUGUST 7, 1977…..Reds’ rookie Mario Soto capitalizes on his 3rd big league start and shuts down the hard-hitting lineup of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 7-hit shutout. Reds 6, Pirates 0.
AUGUST 8, 1976….The Reds complete a four game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Reds are cruising at the top of the NL West with a record of 73-39, 13 games ahead of the 2nd place Dodgers.
AUGUST 9, 1961…..The Phillies lose to the Reds for the 16th consecutive time as Joey Jay throws a shutout for the Reds. Reds win, 5-0.
AUGUST 10, 1981….Former Red and current Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman Pete Rose becomes the all-time National League hit leader with 3,631 hits.
AUGUST 11, 1959….Reds’ pitcher Joe Nuxhall duels Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn as the Reds win the first game of the doubleheader at Crosley Field by the score of 4-3. Gus Bell and Frank Robinson homer for the Reds. Nuxhall fans 10 in the complete game win and now has 20 strikeouts and 2 complete games in his last 2 starts.
AUGUST 12, 1966….Reds’ outfielder Art Shamsky enters the game in the eighth inning and goes on to hit 3 homers in the 13 inning contest. The game features a total of 11 homeruns hit at Crosley Field, including the 18th career pinch-hit homer by the Pirates’ Jerry Lynch. The Pirates are winners, 14-11.
AUGUST 13, 1976….The Reds score 7 runs in the final 2 innings to beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 8-3. The exciting comeback scoring attack is led by Reds’ slugger George Foster, who belts his 25th homer in the 8th inning, and his 26th homer in the 9th inning! Foster leads the major leagues with 102 RBI’s.
AUGUST 14, 1966….Art Shamsky hits a pinch-hit HR off Vernon Law of the Pirates giving him 4 consecutive homers over his last two games. The Pirates win, 4-2.
AUGUST 15, 1935….Former Reds’ pitching star Joey Jay is born in Middletown, Connecticut. Jay was the first Little Leaguer to make it to the major leagues. Jay won 21 games for the Reds in 1961 and 1962.
AUGUST 16, 1984….The Reds trade infielder Tom Lawless to the Montreal Expos for Pete Rose. Rose returns to Cincinnati as player/manager and replaces field manager Vern Rapp. Rose played with the Reds for the first 16 years of his career.
AUGUST 17, 1900….Reds’ pitcher Billy Phillips is ejected from the game after punching Philadelphia’s Roy Thomas for fouling off a dozen of Phillips’ pitches.
AUGUST 18, 1968….The Reds take a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs’ reliever Phil Regan is ejected from the 2nd game for throwing a spitball or doctored ball, even though umpire Chris Pelekoudas does a thorough search on the mound and finds NOTHING! National League President Warren Giles later orders Pelekoudas to apologize to Regan.
AUGUST 19, 1965….Reds’ hurler Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs, 1-0, with the only run coming on Leo Cardenas’ HR off the leftfield foul pole in the tenth inning.
AUGUST 20, 1983…..Reds’ first baseman Danny Driessen hits a double with two outs in the 7th inning to break up a no-hitter in the making by Pittsburgh’s Jose DeLeon. DeLeon will settle for a 2-hitter with 13 K’s as the Pirates win, 4-0.
AUGUST 21, 1990…..Reds’ outfielder Billy Hatcher cracks 4 doubles and Rick Mahler throws 7 solid innings of 5 hit pitching to beat the Cubs at Riverfront Stadium, 8-1. Reds’ manager Lou Piniella has a problem with the umpiring in the 5th inning and throws the first base bag into short right field. Piniella goes after the bag and throws it again, much to the stunned amazement and amusement of all spectators. ”Sweet Lou” was ejected from the game.
AUGUST 22, 1959….The Reds’ Frank Robinson smacks 3 consecutive homers against the Cardinals as the Reds win, 11-4.
AUGUST 23, 1974….Reds’ catcher Johhny Bench belts a 3-run shot in the 4th inning of the 10-7 Reds win over the Expos in Cincinnati. Bench now has 48 RBI’s in his last 44 games, and is tied with the Phillies’ Mike Schmidt with a league leading 98 RBI’s.
AUGUST 24, 1983….Reds’ outfielder Eddie Milner breaks up a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning when he singles off Cubs’ pitcher Chuck Rainey. The Cubs win at Wrigley Field, 3-0.
AUGUST 25, 1929….The largest crowd ever jams into Redland Field to watch the Reds and Cubs in a doubleheader. The packed house of 35,432 fans watch the Reds split the twinbill.
AUGUST 26, 1977….Reds’ pitcher Tom Seaver serves up a pitch to the Phillies’ Greg Luzinski that lands in the upper deck red seats at Riverfront Stadium. This is the 7th ball to reach the upper deck since the opening of Riverfront Stadium in 1970.
AUGUST 27, 1977….Reds’ first baseman Danny Driessen ties the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs when he makes a mad dash around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Johnny Bench follows that act with a blast over the left field wall for the game-winning homer! The Reds over the Phillies, 6-5.
AUGUST 28, 1880….Cincinnati makes 9 errors in the 4th inning and 16 errors in the game as the Reds are beaten by Troy, 13-2. Reds’ second baseman Charlie Smith commits four errors and will have 89 errors at season’s end.
AUGUST 29, 1985….The Reds trade little used outfielder Cesar Cedeno to St. Louis where he hits .428 in 28 games and helps the Cardinals win the NL East title.
AUGUST 30, 1966….The Reds’ switch-hitting Pete Rose cracks two homers, one from each side of the plate, as the Reds beat the Cardinals, 6-4.
AUGUST 31, 1975….Through games of August 31st, and with four weeks to go in the season, the Reds are sitting pretty in first place with a stunning record of 90-45. Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Ken Griffey are listed among the National League’s top ten in batting average. The Reds lead the 2nd place Los Angeles Dodgers by 18 ½ games.