May 30, 1898: Elmer Smith extends his hitting streak to 30 games during a DH against the Dodgers in Brooklyn, won by the Reds 6-4 and 3-2.

Smith’s streak ended the next day. His streak remained the all-time Cincinnati record until it was broken by Pete Rose in 1978, and it still ranks among the top 15 streaks in NL history. Amazingly, Smith suffered all season from a mild case of malaria he contracted during a swing through the south during spring training.

All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

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