October 14, 1952: The Reds trade outfielder Cal Abrams, catcher Joe Rossi, and first baseman Gail Henley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Gus Bell. Bell becomes a four-time all-star and one of the favorite players in Reds history.
October 14, 1968: During the National League’s second expansion draft of the 1960’s, the Reds lose six players. The Montreal Expos select centerfielder Mack Jones, lefty pitcher Dan McGinn, and infielder Jimy Williams, while the San Diego Padres select lefty pitchers Billy McCool and Fred Katawczik, and catcher Fred Kendall.
Only Jones, McCool, and McGinn played on the 1968 Reds. Jones was the team’s fourth outfielder, and a good one, who batted .252 with 10 homers (124 OPS+). McCool was still only 23-years-old, but had begun losing effectiveness (3-4, 4.97), and McGinn was a 24-year-old lefty prospect. Kendall later became a regular Padres catcher in the early 1970’s, Williams never made it back to the majors (except as a manager), and Katawczik never made the majors.
October 14, 1970: The Reds hold on for one more day as they win the fourth game of the 1970 World Series, 6-5, in Baltimore. Lee May provided the winning runs with a three-run eighth inning home run.
The Reds had scored single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. Dave Concepcion drove home May with a second inning triple, May scored Bobby Tolan on a third inning single, and Pete Rose homered off Jim Palmer in the fifth inning for the Reds’ first three runs. However, the Orioles had reached Reds starter Gary Nolan for a Brooks Robinson second inning solo home run, and for three runs in the third on run-scoring singles by Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson with Elrod Hendricks singling home the third run off Reds reliever Don Gullett in the same frame. The Orioles made it 5-3 in the sixth when Brooks Robinson singled with one out and scored all the way from first base when Hendricks singled to right field and scored on Pete Rose’s errant throw to third base. Rose had earlier gunned down Brooks Robinson at the plate to prevent a run in the third.
The Reds won the game with three runs in the eighth. Tony Perez walked to lead off the inning and Johnny Bench singled him to third. The Orioles called on Eddie Watt to relieve Jim Palmer, but May hit a three-run homer to left field to give the Reds a 6-5 lead. Clay Carroll pitched 3 2/3 innings of shut out baseball to win the game for the Reds. In all, Carroll and Gullett pitched 6 1/3 relief innings of four hit baseball, walking none, and striking out six. Rose and May had two hits apiece for the Reds with May collecting four rbi. Brooks Robinson went 4-4 for the Orioles with a home run and two rbi.
October 14, 1972: Gene Tenace homers in his first two World Series at bats as the Oakland A’s defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the World Series, 3-2. Tenace had only hit five home runs all season and batted .225 for the season. He had gone 1-17 in the American League Championship Series.
Tenace hit both homers off Reds starter Gary Nolan, a two-run in the second inning and a solo homer in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Reds could only muster two runs off A’s starter Ken Holtzman. Johnny Bench scored both Reds runs, both times with him scoring on force plays at second base. Bench and Tony Perez each had two hits for the Reds.
October 14, 1975: Joe Morgan singles home Cesar Geronimo in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Reds a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in Cincinnati. The win gave the Reds a 2-1 games lead over the Red Sox in the Series.
The winning play was set up by one of the more famous plays in World Series history. With the score tied 5-5, Geronimo led off with a single off Red Sox reliever Jim Willoughby. Ed Armbrister was sent to the plate to pinch hit for Reds reliever Rawly Eastwick. Armbrister bunted the ball in front of home of home plate. As Armbrister broke for first, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk leapt from behind the plate to attempt to force Geronimo at second base. Fisk and Armbrister collided, but Fisk fielded the ball cleanly and threw wildly into centerfield. Geronimo advanced to third and Armbrister to second on the play. The Red Sox called for interference, but the play stood as it was. Pete Rose was intentionally walked to load the bases, and one-out later, Morgan hit a flyball over centerfielder Fred Lynn’s head to drive in Geronimo with the winning run.
The Red Sox scored the first run when Fisk homered off Gary Nolan in the top of the second inning. The Reds answered with two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Johnny Bench smacked a two-run homer in the fourth for the Reds, and the three in the fifth came when Dave Concepcion and Geronimo hit back-to-back homers and then Morgan hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Rose, who had tripled.
The Red Sox fought back scoring once in the sixth on a Fred Lynn sacrifice fly and then one more in the seventh when Bernie Carbo homered off Clay Carroll. They tied it in the ninth inning off Reds closer Eastwick when Dwight Evans clubbed a two-run homer over the left field wall.
October 14, 1995: The Atlanta Braves defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-0, and sweep them in four games in the National League Championship Series. Braves pitchers Steve Avery, Greg McMichael, Alejandro Pena, and Mark Wohlers combine on the three-hitter and strike out 11 for the win.
The Reds only scored five runs and hit no home runs in the four-game series. The Reds had tied for second in the National League in runs scored and were third in homers during the regular season. Against the Braves, Reds cleanup hitter Reggie Sanders batted .125 (2-16) with 10 strikeouts. For the entire postseason, Sanders was 4-29 with 19 strikeouts after having a terrific 1995 season when he batted .306 with 28 homers and 99 rbi in 133 games during the labor-management stricken abbreviated season.