Some selected Reds vs Dodgers history tidbits from LINEDRIVER
JULY 9, 1961 … With the Reds ahead by a 7-2 score, home plate umpire Dusty Boggess ejects Dodgers' pitcher Don Drysdale in the sixth-inning for throwing at and then hitting Reds’ right fielder Frank Robinson. Robinson hit the deck two times before finally being drilled by a Drysdale pitch.
AUGUST 15, 1961…Cincinnati pitcher Joey Jay allows three singles and two runs in the first inning and just three singles the rest of the way as the second-place Reds beat the first-place Dodgers, 5-2, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers nearly add another hit to their total, but a strong throw from right fielder Frank Robinson in the fourth-inning nails a loafing Sandy Koufax before he can reach first base. Koufax hit Robinson with a pitch in the seventh-inning.
JULY 28, 1965 … Reds’ pitcher Sammy Ellis fans 12 batters en route to a 4-1 victory over Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
MAY 28, 1968…Reds’ fireballer Jim Maloney smokes the Los Angeles Dodgers with a one-hitter at Crosley Field. Shortstop Zoilo Versalles manages a fifth-inning single for the lone Dodgers’ hit. Reds 7, Dodgers 0.
APRIL 25, 1969...How DO these rumors get started? Reds’ GM Bob Howsam is busy denying a rumor coming from Los Angeles that has Reds' lefty Gerry Arrigo going to the Dodgers for three players! The Dodgers are in need of starting pitching after placing Don Drysdale on the disabled list. Arrigo, who is trying to recover from a sore arm, has yet to pitch in a game this season!
SEPTEMBER 7, 1974 … The National League’s biggest Western Division rivalry continues at full bore before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 50,014 fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. Reds’ second baseman Joe Morgan, playing with a sprained ankle, falls at home plate while batting against Dodgers’ ace reliever Mike Marshall in the eighth-inning. Morgan refuses Sparky Anderson’s request to come out of the game and then belts Marshall’s next pitch over the right field fence for a 2-run HR to break the 5-5 tie. Junior Kennedy replaces Morgan at second base in the top of the ninth-inning. Lefty pitcher Freddie Norman throws a scoreless ninth-inning of relief to preserve the win for Cincinnati reliever Clay Carroll. Reds 7, Dodgers 5.
SEPTEMBER 3, 1975 … The Los Angeles Dodgers lick their wounds after receiving a good ole’ fashion butt-whippin’ by the Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a two-game series in Cincinnati. The Reds erupt for a ten-run offensive explosion in the fourth-inning after there are two outs and without the aid of a home run. The Reds humiliate the Dodgers with a 13-2 final score. Gary Nolan picks up the win, Andy Messersmith takes the loss. The Reds sit high atop the NL West with a 92-46 record, 19 ½ games ahead of the second-place Dodgers.
MAY 28, 1976…Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium is packed with fans on hand to see the opener of a four-game series with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Reds’ rookie pitcher Pat Zachry throws a shutout and beats veteran pitcher Don Sutton for the second time this season. Reds 9, Dodgers 0.
AUGUST 8, 1976 … The Reds complete a four game sweep of the rival Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Reds are cruising at the top the NL West with a record of 73-39, 13 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1977 … The Reds win, 6-3, and take the deciding game of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. Reds’ rookie pitcher Tom Hume throws seven innings of shutout relief to pick up his first big league victory.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1981 … The Dodgers leave the Riverfront Stadium field as losers when Reds’ second baseman Ronnie Oester belts a solo HR off reliever Alejandro Pena in the bottom of the tenth-inning. Reds 3, Dodgers 2.