From the 1978 Reds Media Guide….

Vida Rochelle Blue, Jr.: The presence of Vida Blue on the Cincinnati pitching staff adds another winner of the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award.  The lefthanded Blue won them both in 1971 when he posted a 24-8 record for the Oakland A’s.

From the Redleg Journal…

The trade for Vida Blue came on December 9, 1977 when the Reds sent Dave Revering and $1,750,000 in cash to Oakland.  Seven weeks later, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the Vida Blue trade, claiming there was too much money involved in the deal and that the sale of players would create competitive imbalance…Blue was eventually traded to San Francisco…Kuhn’s decision came too late for the Reds 1978 media guide however.  Blue appeared with a photograph that had the “C” on his cap airbrushed in and his mustache airbrushed out. 

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