[Editors: This post was submitted by loyal Nation member Mark Moore. He is a longtime Reds fan living with his family outside of Raleigh, NC. His best Reds summer was 2006 when he attended five games, the best of which was against the Cardinals as the Reds won on a David Ross walk-off homer. Thanks, Mark!]

Sometimes you plan and it doesn’t turn out. Sometimes you come upon something unexpected and it makes your day. According to my original plan, I was going to write some purely fan-perspective stuff from Goodyear about what I saw from our Reds this past week. Instead, I’m writing about a most unexpected find at a local thrift shop.

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I saw a post on a swap board a while back showing a 1965 Reds scorecard. They didn’t want much for it and I figured I’d stop by at some point and pick it up (their shop was advertising but hadn’t opened at that time). This week, I remembered the scorecard on my way home from the office and made my way to their shop. I asked the owner about it and he pulled it off a shelf.  He’d had it appraised since I’d first learned about it, so the price had gone up just a bit.  In the end, as you’ll see in the pictures, it was worth it to me to have this 50-year-old piece of Reds history.

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The scorecard was filled out for the game on Wednesday, August 4, 1965. It went 10 innings and the Giants beat our boys 4-3, but the names in that game are what caught my attention. Pete Rose went 3-for-4 (including a double and 2 RBI’s) against Juan Marichal. He pitched the entire 10 innings giving up 12 hits, but whiffed 14 Reds to get the win.

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I bought this with the intent of sharing it with Redleg Nation and, after contacting Steve Mancuso, wrote up this piece. It makes me a little jealous for those “simpler days” of baseball, but it also makes me anxious for the season to come. I doubt I’ll make the trip from Raleigh to Cincinnati to see a game and I’m still a little disappointed I had to skip the Phoenix trip, but it is baseball season and my new souvenir reminds me there’s nothing quite like that for a baseball fan.

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4 Responses

  1. whereruklu

    The Reds of the early-mid 60s had some pretty good teams. 20 game winners in Purkey, Maloney, Ellis, and a couple by Jay. O’Toole had 17 and 18 a couple of years. Nuxy was there too with Brosnan and McCool out ot the bullpen. Hutch was a helluva manager until his untimely passing. Coleman, Rose, Cardenas, Perez, Edwards, Pinson, Robinson, Post, Bell, Lynch, Freeze, and several other notables. That was my era. I remember my dad taking me to Crosley field some times. Really, really, good Reds teams then.

    • whereruklu

      Forgot about Maloney’s other 20 game year. And I stand corrected because O’Toole was a 19 game winner during that time. For those 4 years, 1961-1965, the Reds had a total of 6 20-game winners and one almost with 19. For 4 straight years during that time, one of my favorites, O’Toole won 19. 16. 16. and 17 consecutive win seasons. When you look back at Reds history and see how few 20 gamers they have had and the length of time between them, it is really remarkable as to how good the pitching staff was then. Cool Billy had a big part in it. Tommy Helms was just getting started along with Perez. Man, I miss seeing those guys…Thanks for bringing back good memories.

  2. Scott French

    Nice, good share. As it is happening, I don’t think you realize you are watching 5 or 6 future Hall of Famers. You know players are good but you don’t know they’ll be great for decades.