Geronimo earned spot in Reds' Hall of Fame
Geronimo was a throw-in in a blockbuster eight-player trade with the Houston Astros in 1971. Manager Sparky Anderson and club President Bob Howsam were bent on adding some speed to the team a year after moving to an AstroTurf playing surface.
The Reds got Joe Morgan, Jack Billingham, Denis Menke, Geronimo and Ed Armbrister from the Astros for Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart.
Morgan (second base), Billingham (starting pitcher) and Menke (third base) were the key players in the trade. Outfielders Geronimo and Ed Armbrister were merely tossed in, although Anderson was taken by Geronimo's defensive ability when he had seen him play.
The Reds also were looking for a center fielder who could hit. Geronimo was more of a fielder, but in a conversation with Anderson at the beginning of the 1972 season, the skipper pointed out that he would make a .300 hitter out of the outfielder.
Anderson proved correct. Geronimo had the best season of his career in 1976, batting .307 and stealing 22 bases for the World Champion Reds.
Geronimo batted .261 in nine seasons with the Reds. He won four consecutive National League Gold Gloves from 1974-77.
The numbers might not seem Hall of Fame worthy, but Geronimo belongs in the team's Hall with the rest of the players from one of the finest baseball teams ever.
Now if they would only let Rose in to complete the squad.