January 16, 1913: The Reds purchase Three Fingers Brown from the Cubs.
The future HOF pitcher had a career record of 195-95 when he arrived in Cincinnati. Although he was past his prime, Brown was one of the few bright spots on the Reds staff in 1913, winning 11 games, and posting a 2.91 ERA. Brown is arguably the first Red to be used as a relief specialist. He started 16 games, but appeared in 39; in his 23 relief appearances, he picked up 6 saves, suggesting that new manager Joe Tinker used Brown to salvage wins.Ã‚Â
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