From Lance McAlister’s blog:
Wayne Simpson made his MLB debut for the Reds, getting the start in the final game of a three-game series at the Dodgers. Simpson went the distance, shutting out the Dodgers, 3-0, on just two hits. Simpson retired the first sixteen batters before Ted Sizemore singled in the sixth inning. Willie Crawford’s seventh inning single provided the only other baserunner for the Dodgers, as Simpson was masterful in his debut.
Simpson won his next two starts, including another complete game shutout in his third game. Alas, that would be the last shutout of Simpson’s career. He threw 10 complete games for the Reds in 1970. He opened the season at 13-1 (reaching this record with a win on July 5) before finishing the season at 14-3.
I remembered Simpson as being more of a strikeout pitcher than this shows, funny how your memory plays tricks.
This is the Reds biggest tragedy in my lifetime. You “youngsters” that never got the chance to see Simpson pitch missed something that, IMO, was really going to be special. It’s the Reds equivalent to the Bengals Greg Cook…an injury that seemingly cheated a young man of his chance for greatness.