April 29, 1876: After opening the season with two victories, the Reds lose their first game, 11-5, to the Chicago White Stockings at Avenue Grounds.

Unfortunately, results like this one became common place in the Reds inaugural season in the NL. Cincinnati finished the season buried in last place with a 9-56 record. The club the Reds played on this day won the 1876 NL pennant and is now known as the Chicago Cubs (although the club wasn’t called the Cubs until 1902). The Cubs are the only major league club to operate continually in the same city since 1876.

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.

Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.