This Date in Reds History (thanks to Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1889: “A week after North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington are granted statehood, the Reds are granted re-admission into the National League after an absence of nine years.  Cincinnati joined clubs in Boston, Brooklyn (which jumped leagues at the same time as the Reds), Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.”

“A month after the Reds move, the Players League was formally organized.  The new league grew out of dissatisfaction among players over their salaries and contracts.  Many top stars left their National League and American Association teams to join the new league.  The Reds were fortunate, however, as all of their top regulars remained with the club and no Players League team was placed in Cincinnati as direct competition.  The Players League, which had clubs located in Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh survived only one season.”


Since Redsfest is rapidly approaching, I know many of you have questions regarding the event. 

Beginning now until the doors open at the Duke Energy Convention Center on December 2, I’ll collect all of your Redsfest-related questions via Twitter under the hashtag #AskRedsfest.  

Every Friday, Better Off Red will post answers to your queries. 

Here’s an example of an Ask Redsfest tweet:  @Jamieblog:  What time do gates open to Redsfest? #askRedsfest

Remember, the answers to some of your questions might already be available by simply visiting


Congratulations to former Red, Hal Morris, who today agreed to a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to be their Director of Pro Scouting.


That’s all for now.  Stay tuned as I’ll have the 2012 Reds Spring Training schedule right here on BOR.

Expect good news,


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