FRIDAY’S #REDS GAMENOTES, FARM REPORT AND THIS DATE IN #REDS HISTORY
From Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder…
May 4, 1869 – In the first official match of 1869, the Red Stockings defeat the Great Westerners of Cincinnati, 45-9, on the Union Grounds before a few hundred spectators. George Wright, Andy Leonard and Cal Mc Vey struck home runs. The game had none of the hoopla surrounding modern openers. The concept of “Opening Day” as a festive occasion did not appear until the turn of the century.
All home runs at the Union Grounds, and at most other fields where the Red Stockings played, were inside-the-park home runs. No one ever hit a ball over the fence at Union Grounds. Many fields had no fences at all.
On this date in 1984 – a bouncing baby boy named Sam LeCure was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. Rumor has it that he was indeed born with a moustache.
Happy birthday @MrLeCure!
Sammy shares a birthday with our very own Miguel Cairo, who was born on this date in 1974 in Anaco, Venezuela.
Happy birthday, Miggy!