February 1, 1969: The Reds select Jackson State (TN) Community College pitcher Ross Grimsley in the first round of the secondary phase of the amateur draft.

The son of a former big league pitcher, also named Ross Grimsley, Ross II won 124 big league games. He had a 37-25 record and a 3.26 ERA in three seasons with the Reds from 1971-1973 beforer an ill advised trade sent him to Baltimore.

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