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    Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    With the Nats calling up 19yo Bryce Harper, it got me to wondering who the last teenager to play for the Reds was. Was it Bench? I really can't think of anyone since then, and baseball-reference isn't a help here.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    With the Nats calling up 19yo Bryce Harper, it got me to wondering who the last teenager to play for the Reds was. Was it Bench? I really can't think of anyone since then, and baseball-reference isn't a help here.
    I think it was Gary Nolan or Don Gullett.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    It was Nolan, and then Gullet. I can't come up with any more names. I was thinking Jeff Russell, but no on that one.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Johnny Bench and Gary Nolan, 1967

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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Position JB 1967

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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    According to your souce he was actually 20 when he debut for the Reds. His birthday was July 8th and he first appeared for the Reds on September 1.

    My guess would be Gullett too.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    I believe Nolan and Bench formed a teenage battery when Bench was a late season call-up in 1967. I don't know if that has ever happened before or since.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Speaking of Gary Nolan, does anyone remember him striking out Willie Mays 4 times in one of (if not his first) starts as an 18 year old?

    He pitched almost 230 innings as an 18 year-old.
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    I believe Nuxy was 16 when he made his first appearance. When back downand then came up permanently.

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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by corkedbat View Post
    I believe Nuxy was 16 when he made his first appearance. When back downand then came up permanently.
    Fifteen, didn't return until 1952

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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    This is a little off topic, but Dave Bennett appeared as a teenager for the 1964 Phillies. The "fun fact" on the back of his rookie card stated, "This 19-year-old righthanded curveballer is just 18 years old!"
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    Re: Last teenager to play for the Reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball View Post
    Speaking of Gary Nolan, does anyone remember him striking out Willie Mays 4 times in one of (if not his first) starts as an 18 year old?

    He pitched almost 230 innings as an 18 year-old.
    I remember it well. I thought Nolan should have won the NL Rookie of the YEar award in 1967 instead of Tom Seaver. He turned 19 in May of 1967 and still pitched 226+ innings, fanned 206, went 14-8 and had a 2.58 ERA. Dave Brsitol used him as if he was a 30 year old vet; within a couple of years he had arm woes and his dominating fastball was gone.
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