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100 Most Memorable Reds Moments
of the 20th Century

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Enquirer ranked its list of the 100 Most Memorable Reds Moments. They are:

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Johnny Vander Meer warms up before the second of his back-to-back no-hitters. (Enquirer file photo | ZOOM)
1. June 11 and 15, 1938: Johnny Vander Meer pitches back-to-back no-hit games.

2. Sept. 11, 1985: Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's all-time hit record with his 4,192nd hit, a single off San Diego's Eric Show.

3. Oct. 21, 1975: The Reds lose Game Six of the World Series 7-6 to Boston, on Carlton Fisk's dramatic 12th-inning homer. It has been called by some the greatest game ever played, and Reds fans remember it fondly enough since Cincinnati won the Series the next night.

4. Oct. 8, 1940: The Reds win the seventh game of the World Series 2-1 against Detroit at Crosley Field, on a sacrifice fly by Billy Myers in the seventh inning. This game ranks so high because it was the first true world title in team history; the 1919 championship was tainted by the Black Sox scandal.

5. Oct. 22, 1975: The Reds win Game 7 of the World Series 4-3 in Boston, on Joe Morgan's RBI single in the ninth inning. It is their first world title since 1940.

6. Oct. 21, 1976: The Reds win the fourth and final game of the World Series 7-2 vs. the Yankees in New York for their second straight world title.

7. Oct. 20, 1990: The Reds sweep heavily favored Oakland to win the World Series for their fifth world title.

8. Oct. 9, 1919: The Reds win the eighth and final game of the World Series 10-5 against the Chicago White Sox (the series was best-of-nine at the time). The victory was tarnished by the subsequent Black Sox scandal, as it was revealed that Chicago threw Games 1 and 2.

9. Oct. 11, 1972: Johnny Bench hits a dramatic game-tying home run off Dave Giusti in the ninth inning of the deciding fifth game of the NLCS vs. Pittsburgh. The team earns a World Series berth later that inning, when George Foster scores on Bob Moose's wild pitch for a 4-3 win.

10. Sept. 16, 1988: Tom Browning throws a perfect game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.

11. May 24, 1935: The Reds stage the first night game in major league history, forever changing the sport. President Franklin Roosevelt pressed a button in the White House that illuminated the lights at Crosley Field, and the Reds beat the Phillies 2-1.

12. May 2, 1917: In Chicago, Reds pitcher Fred Toney and Chicago's Hippo Vaughn combine to throw the only nine-inning double no-hitter in major league history. The Reds broke up Vaughn's no-hitter in the 10th, and Toney preserved the 1-0 win with a hitless bottom of the 10th.

13. April 17, 1954: Puerto Rican-born Nino Escalera and African-American Chuck Harmon appear for the Reds as pinch hitters, becoming the first non-white players in team history.

14. July 14, 1970: Pete Rose runs over catcher Ray Fosse in the 12th inning to score the winning run for the National League in the All-Star game.

15. July 31, 1978: Pete Rose ties the NL record by hitting safely in his 44th straight game. One night later, the streak ends in Atlanta.

16. Aug. 17, 1984: Pete Rose returns as Reds player-manager after six years away, and triples in his first at-bat.

17. Oct. 16, 1990: Eric Davis hits a two-run homer off Oakland ace Dave Stewart in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series, setting the tone for a Reds four-game sweep.

18. October 1990: Billy Hatcher sets a World Series record with seven straight hits in the Reds' sweep of Oakland.

19. Sept. 28, 1939: Paul Derringer pitches a thrilling 5-3 victory over second-place St. Louis to clinch the pennant, Cincinnati's first in 20 years.

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Cincinnati native Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's record with his 4,192nd hit in 1985. (Enquirer file photo)
20. Sept. 26, 1961: The Reds clinch the NL pennant, their first in 21 years, with a 6-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

21. July 1, 1973: Reserve catcher Hal King hits a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers 4-3. The homer sparks the Reds, who were trailing L.A. by 11 1/2 games, to rally and win the NL West title.

22. Oct. 17, 1990: In Game 2 of the World Series, the Reds come back against Oakland ace reliever Dennis Eckersley and win on Joe Oliver's double in the 10th inning that scored Billy Bates.

23. Sept. 17, 1983: Johnny Bench hits a home run on his celebratory retirement night at Riverfront Stadium -- and throws out a potential base stealer.

24. May 3, 1975: Manager Sparky Anderson, in a surprise move, moves Pete Rose from left field to play third base. The move paves the way for the Reds' first world title since 1940.

25. April 4, 1974: At Riverfront Stadium, Atlanta's Hank Aaron hits his 714th career home run off Cincinnati's Jack Billingham to tie Babe Ruth's record.

26. Oct. 14, 1975: World Series, Game 3 -- Reds win on a rally fueled by Ed Armbrister's infamous bunt in which he tangled with Boston catcher Carlton Fisk.

27. May 5, 1978: Pete Rose gets his 3,000th major league hit, off Montreal's Steve Rogers at Riverfront Stadium.

28. Oct. 12, 1990: Outfielder Glenn Braggs robs Pittsburgh's Carmelo Martinez of a game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1990 NLCS. One out later, the Reds win their first NL title in 14 years.

29. Oct. 12, 1976: In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Reds clinch the pennant by erasing a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to win 7-6 over Philadelphia. The rally includes consecutive homers by George Foster and Johnny Bench.

30. Oct. 5, 1970: Bobby Tolan's single scores Ty Cline in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Reds a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh and a sweep of the NLCS.

31. Oct. 7, 1975: The Reds score twice in the 10th inning, on RBIs by Ed Armbrister and Joe Morgan, to beat Pittsburgh 5-3 and sweep the NLCS.

32. Sept. 29, 1990: The Reds clinch the NL Western Division title, becoming the only NL team to occupy first place all season.

33. Sept. 7, 1975: The Reds clinch the NL West title with 20 games remaining, their earliest clinching date ever.

34. Nov. 29, 1971: The Reds obtain future Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, infielder Denis Menke, pitcher Jack Billingham, and outfielders Ed Armbrister and Cesar Geronimo from Houston for first baseman Lee May, second baseman Tommy Helms, and infielder Jimmy Stewart. It is probably the best trade in team history, leading to two world titles.

35. Aug. 19, 1965: Jim Maloney throws his second no-hitter of the season, and the Reds win in Chicago 1-0. Two months earlier, Maloney no-hit the New York Mets but lost 1-0.

36. July 15, 1980: Johnny Bench homers off Montreal's David Palmer for career homer No. 314 as a catcher, breaking Yogi Berra's record.

37. April 30, 1969: Jim Maloney pitches a no-hitter, the third of his career, vs. the Houston Astros at Crosley Field. The next night, Houston's Don Wilson no-hits the Reds at Crosley.

38. July 6, 1949: Catcher Walker Cooper puts on the greatest one-game hitting show in Reds history -- six hits, including three home runs, and 10 RBI in a 23-4 rout of Chicago at Crosley Field.

39. June 18, 1947: Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston 6-0. In his next start, Blackwell no-hits Brooklyn for 81Ž3 innings before Eddie Stanky singles to center.

40. June 16, 1978: Tom Seaver throws his only career no-hitter, vs. St. Louis.

41. July 12, 1900: Frank ''Noodles'' Hahn no-hits Philadelphia 4-0.

42. May 15, 1944: Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston 1-0, the day after Cincinnati's Bucky Walters threw a one-hitter.

43. May 11, 1919: Hod Eller no-hits St. Louis 6-0.

44. July 29, 1968: George Culver no-hits the Phillies 6-1, the only run scoring on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

45. June 30, 1970: The Reds play their first game in new Riverfront Stadium, causing a citywide celebration. But Atlanta beats the Reds 8-2.

46. July 25, 1974: The Reds beat San Francisco 14-13 with a wild five-run rally in the ninth inning. The final two runs come on a two-out, two-strike home run by Tony Perez.

47. July 25, 1947: Pitcher Ewell Blackwell wins his 16th straight game, the longest winning streak in Reds history.

48. June 10, 1944: Joe Nuxhall, age 15, becomes the youngest player in major league history when he pitches for the Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

49. Sept. 22, 1996: Barry Larkin hits his 30th homer of the season, becoming the first shortstop in major league history to hit 30 or more homers and steal 30 or more bases in one year.

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Tom Browning celebrates his perfect game against the Dodgers in 1988. (Enquirer file photo)
50. Aug. 12 and 14, 1966: Outfielder Art Shamsky homers in four consecutive at-bats over two games (3 HR on Aug. 12, 1 HR on Aug. 14).

51. July 11, 1967: Tony Perez hits a 15th-inning home run to give the NL a 2-1 win over the AL in the longest All-Star game ever played.

52. Sept. 17, 1973: Pete Rose gets his 220th hit of the season to break the Cincinnati mark of 219 set by Cy Seymour in 1905.

53. Sept. 23, 1977: George Foster hits his 50th home run of the season, breaking the Reds record of 49 set by Ted Kluszewski in 1954.

54. June 18, 1977: Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver throws a three-hit shutout in his debut as a Red, in a game nationally telecast by NBC.

55. Aug. 22, 1979: Johnny Bench becomes the Reds' career home run leader with his 325th, surpassing Frank Robinson.

56. May 26, 1956: Reds pitchers Johnny Klippstein, Hersh Freeman and Joe Black hold the Braves hitless for 92Ž3 innings; the Reds lose 2-1 in 11 innings.

57. July 6, 1938: The NL defeats the AL 4-1 in the All-Star game at Crosley Field, with the Reds Johnny Vander Meer starting and throwing three shutout innings.

58. October 1940: Catcher Jimmie Wilson, a 40-year-old coach who came out of retirement after the August suicide of Willard Hershberger, hits .353 in the World Series. Wilson was pressed into duty when regular catcher Ernie Lombardi sprained an ankle, and he helped lead the Reds to the world title.

59. June 24, 1970: The Reds win the final game at Crosley Field, 5-4 over the Giants.

60. Aug. 18, 1956: The Reds set a major-league record with eight homers, including three by Bob Thurman, in a 13-4 win over Milwaukee.

61. June 14, 1965: Jim Maloney sets a team record by striking out 18 New York Mets (in 11 innings).

62. July 31, 1935: A wild crowd of at least 35,000, many standing along the foul lines, disrupts a Reds-Cardinals night game. At one point, a young woman named Kitty Burke jumps out of the crowd, grabs a bat and goes to home plate. St. Louis pitcher Paul Dean lobs her a soft one, and she grounds weakly to first. Ms. Burke later went on the burlesque circuit as the only woman to have ever ''batted'' in a big-league game.

63. Sept. 1, 1997: Pete Rose Jr., with his father attending, makes his major league debut and goes 1-for-3 vs. Kansas City at Cinergy Field.

64. Oct. 9, 1973: In the NLCS, Game 4, Pete Rose homers in the 12th inning to give the Reds a 2-1 win at New York. Rose silenced the heckling Mets fans, one day after his big second base-brawl with Bud Harrelson.

65. June 7, 1967: Gary Nolan, age 19, strikes out 15 batters in a game vs. San Francisco at Crosley Field. He struck out Hall of Famer Willie Mays four times, but the Reds lost 4-3.

66. Oct. 6, 1995: Pinch-hitter Mark Lewis, a Hamilton High product, hits a grand slam to give the Reds a 7-1 lead en route to a 10-1 victory and a sweep of their NL division series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

67. Aug. 11, 1970: Tony Perez hits the first red-seat home run in Riverfront Stadium history, off Jim McAndrew of New York.

68. May 13, 1980: Ray Knight becomes the first Red to hit two home runs in one inning (the fifth) vs. New York.

69. April 18, 1981: Tom Seaver records career strikeout No. 3000, fanning Keith Hernandez of St. Louis.

70. May 2, 1988: Ron Robinson's near perfect game -- Robinson retired the first 26 Montreal Expos. He had an 0-2 count on the 27th before Wallace Johnson singled. Tim Raines followed with a home run. The Reds won 3-2.

71. May 1997: Barry Larkin sets a team record by reaching base in 13 consecutive plate appearances.

72. Feb. 4, 1934: Radio tycoon Powel Crosley Jr. buys the Reds, assuring that the team, which had been hit hard by the Depression, will stay in Cincinnati.

73. Dec. 5 1966: Amid rumors that the team might leave Cincinnati, Bill DeWitt sells the Reds for $7 million to a group of Cincinnati investors, which elected Cincinnati Enquirer publisher Frank Dale as president of the club.

74. June 4, 1911: The Reds set a 20th century club record for most runs in one game, beating the Boston Braves 26-3.

75. July 4, 1989: Tom Browning comes within three outs of his second perfect game in two years, retiring 24 straight Phillies until Dickie Thon doubles to lead off the 9th inning.

76. Aug. 3, 1989: The Reds score 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning -- their biggest inning ever -- and beat Houston 18-2.

77. June 2, 1921: Reds outfielder Pat Duncan becomes the first player to hit a fair ball out of Redland Field. In the dead-ball era, all home runs at the park had been inside-the-park jobs.

78. April 23, 1964: The Reds win in Houston 1-0 despite being no-hit by the Astros' Ken Johnson. Pete Rose reached on an error in the ninth inning, and later scored on another error for the only run.

79. May 13, 1993: Kevin Mitchell homers into Riverfront Stadium's red and yellow seats in the same game.

80. Sept 20, 1996: Jeff Brantley sets a team record with his 40th save of the season vs. the Cardinals.

81. April 18, 1958: Vada Pinson hits a grand slam in only his second major-league game, giving the Reds a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.

82. April 14, 1961: Wally Post hits a towering home run at old Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The ball struck the Budweiser sign atop the scoreboard, and some estimated it might have traveled 600 feet had it not hit the sign.

83. May 15, 1919: The Reds defeat the Dodgers 10-0 in Brooklyn, scoring all 10 runs in the top of the 13th inning. Hod Eller, coming off a no-hitter in his previous start, pitches the shutout.

84. May 4-5, 1996: Eric Davis hits grand slams in two straight games, tying an NL record.

85. April 17, 1976: The Reds beat the Giants 11-0 at Riverfront Stadium in a game delayed one half-hour by a swarm of bees. An estimated 10,000 bees buzzed around the Giants' dugout, harassing players and box seat patrons until two fans familiar with bees coaxed them into a makeshift cardboard box.

86. Aug. 26, 1939: The Reds were part of the first televised game in baseball history, as visitors in Brooklyn. Innovators for an NBC experimental station televised both games of a doubleheader.

87. April 11, 1912: Redland Field, later renamed Crosley Field, is dedicated. The Reds beat Chicago 10-6.

88. July 20, 1916: The Reds obtain outfielder Edd Roush, pitcher-manager Christy Mathewson, and third baseman Bill McKechnie from the New York Giants for shortstop-manager Buck Herzog and outfielder Red Killefer. It was the only time in history that a team has received three Hall of Famers in one trade. The Giants got little out of the deal.

89. Feb. 2, 1999: The Reds acquire OF Greg Vaughn, who hit 50 home runs in 1998, from the San Diego Padres in one of the blockbuster deals of team history. The five-player deal sends outfielder Reggie Sanders to San Diego.

90. Feb. 28, 1970: Pete Rose signs a contract for $105,000 to become the first player in club history to earn a six-figure salary.

91. June 13, 1997: For the first time their 129-year history, the Reds play an American League opponent during the regular season. They lose 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox.

92. April 16, 1934: The Reds' board of directors changes the name of Redland Field to Crosley Field in honor of Powel Crosley, who had bought the team in February.

93. Feb. 21, 1975: Johnny Bench, the city's most famous bachelor, marries New York model Vickie Chesser in one of the biggest weddings (900 guests invited) in Cincinnati history. The marriage lasted less than a year.

94. April 6, 1977: The Reds play their season opener despite a snowfall of nearly four inches the morning of the game. The last snow was cleared about 25 minutes before the scheduled start, and the Reds beat San Diego 5-3.

95. Jan. 27, 1937: Pitchers Lee Grissom and Gene Schott and groundskeeper Matty Schwab row a boat over Crosley's center field wall at the height of the great 1937 flood. The park was under 21 feet of water. A photo of the boaters ran in dozens of newspapers nationally.

96. Sept. 27, 1998: In the season finale, Bret and Aaron Boone and Barry and Stephen Larkin become the first sets of brothers to play for the same major-league team in one game.

97. May 29, 1971: The Reds trade shortstop Frank Duffy and pitcher Vern Geishert to the Giants for outfielder George Foster, in one of the best trades in team history. Foster becomes key to the Reds' world championship teams of 1975 and '76 and hits 52 homers in 1977.

98. April 17, 1902: The Reds open an ornate new grandstand called The Palace of the Fans. It made national news at the time, featuring twisted iron supports in gracious columns that identified the park. But it was torn down just 10 years later for a larger facility.

99. May 30, 1969: Reds reliever Clay Carroll hits the only homer of his career, off St. Louis Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson to win a game in the 10th inning in St. Louis.

100. July 19, 1985: Five-time All-Star third baseman Buddy Bell, a Moeller High product and son of Reds great Gus Bell, is acquired from Texas amid great fanfare. The Reds give up P Jeff Russell and OF Duane Walker.

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