TRIVIA FOR A SHIRT WINNER
May 31, 1982: The Reds lose to the Phillies, 5-4, in 13 innings at Veterans Stadium in a game punctuated by a bench-clearing brawl. After six innings of pitching, Mario Soto had allowed no runs and only one hit, but he angered the Phillies by plunking Bob Dernier and Mike Schmidt. In the seventh inning, Phillies pitcher Ron Reed retaliated by hitting Soto with a pitch. Soto started toward the mound, bat in hand. Teammates restrained Soto, but Dave Concepcion found Reed, and threw a several punches. Concepcion, Soto and Reed were all ejected. Joe Price relieved Soto and pitched two hitless innings before he was pounded for four runs in the ninth to all the Phillies to tie the score. Philadelphia added a run in the 13th off Bob Shirley for the win. (Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)
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THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)
1999: The Reds trade Reggie Sanders, Damian Jackson and Josh Harris to the Padres for Greg Vaughn and Mark Sweeney.
1876: Cincinnati joins the new National League, which is officially organized during a meeting at the Grand Central Hotel in New York. The eight-team league was composed of clubs from Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis. The new league required each team to play 70 games (an average of three games a week).
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