December 12, 1912: The Reds hire Hank O’Day as manager.

During the two months following the firing of (Clark) Griffith, just about everyone in baseball was rumored to be coming to Cincinnati as manager, except O’Day. The announcement was a total suprise. O’Day had been a NL umpire since 1895, and officiated at the first modern World Series in 1903. He lasted only one season in Cincinnati, and returned to umpiring, a post he continued to hold until 1927 with the exception of another one-year fling as manager of the Cubs in 1914. Griffith purchased control of the Washington Senators a few weeks after Herrman fired him. He owned the club until his death in 1955.

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