Did you know that Ethan Allen, 1920’s Reds outfielder, was the Yale baseball coach for first baseman and future President, George H. W. Bush? President Bush was captain of his 1948 college baseball team.
Did you know that former Reds catcher, Ivey Wingo, had caught more games in baseball history than any other major league player at the time he retired in 1929? He also threw a ball over the Sphinx in Egypt in 1914.
Did you know that Reds outfielder Vada Pinson attended the same Oakland high school as outfield teammate Frank Robinson? Pinson hit a grand slam in his second major league game at age 19 and was elected to the all-star team in his first full season in 1959.
Did you know…that back up infielder Chico Ruiz was being used as a starter for a short-time with the Reds when he issued a famous demand to the Reds: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bench me or trade me.Ã¢â‚¬Â He later ambushed Braves team mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa and wrestled him to the ground near second base in 1969. He was traded to the Angels in the 1969 offseason for another famous Reds on-field battler, Pedro Borbon.
Speaking of Borbon…did you know that after being traded to the Giants during the 1979 season, Pedro Borbon placed a Dominican voodoo curse on the Reds? The Reds ended up losing the 1979 playoffs to the Pirates, failed to make the playoffs during the 1981 strike season despite having the best record in baseball, and then lost 101 games in 1982. Borbon lifted his curse at an old-timerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game in the summer of 1990, the last year the Reds won a World Series.
Did you know…that ten different players have played for the Reds in three decades: Ken Griffey, Sr., Edd Roush, Joe Nuxhall, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Wally Post, Johnny Bench, Ron Oester, Barry Larkin, and Jose Rijo.
Did you know…that on September 27, 1998, the Reds started Stephen Larkin at 1b, Bret Boone at 2b, Aaron Boone at 3b, and Barry Larkin at SS, the only time in major league history that two sets of brothers appeared in the same game for the same team.
Source for this information was “Reds in Black and White” by Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Mark Stang. (Ed.: if you can find this book, buy it immediately. Great reading.)