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Did You Know They Once Were a Cincinnati Red?


Life has been busy so I haven't posted in quite a while. I've also been waiting for some cards to arrive so I could complete this post. Here's my post on "did you know they once were a Red"?

Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson pitched one game for the Reds in 1916 (9-inning complete game win!). He also managed the Reds from 1916-1918 to a 164-176 W-L record.

1961 Fleer #59.

Olympic gold medalist and professional football player Jim Thorpe played 77 games for the Reds in 1917 (for manager Christy Matthewson). He batted .247 with 6 HR and 36 RBIs. He was previously featured here with other 2-sport stars.

1988 The Sporting News, Conlon Collection, Series 4.

Curt Flood played 8 games for the Reds in 1956 - 1957 before he was unwisely traded to the Cardinals where he went on to have a borderline Hall of Fame career. He was also featured here for being a barrier breaker.

Art card #NNO.

From 1958-1960 Don Newcombe had a 24-21 W-L record with a 3.64 ERA with the Reds. 

1959 Topps #312.

Infielder Billy Martin played 103 games for the Reds in 1960 before moving on to having a controversial managing career where he was the winning manager in 1253 games in his 16 years of managing.

1981 TCMA Billy Martin, #364.

First baseman Joe Adcock played for the Reds from 1950-1952. He went on to hit 336 HRs in his 17 year career. Adcock was featured here for his 4-HR game.

1988 Reprint of 1951 Bowman, #323.

In 1959, Mike Cuellar played 2 games for the Reds before going on to winning 185 games in his 15 year career. 

1960 Topps #398.

Claude Osteen pitched for the Reds in parts of 1957-1961 before finishing his 18 year career with 196 wins.

1980 TCMA #40.

In 1996, Vince Coleman stole 12 of his career 752 stolen bases for the Reds.

1996 Fleer Update #U117.

Stellar centerfielder Jim Edmonds played in 13 games for the Reds in 2010.

2010 Topps Update #US-178.

Syracuse Baseball Wall of Famer Tony Fernandez (featured here) played 103 games for the Reds in 1994.

1994 Donruss / Leaf #266.

In 1998, Paul Konerko hit 3 of his career 439 HRs for the Reds. 

1998 Fleer Tradition Update, #U96.

Terry Francona played in 102 games for the Reds in 1987 before moving to an ongoing brilliant managerial career. Francona was featured here in a post about future National Baseball Hall of Famers.

1988 Score, #297.

In 2007, Josh Hamilton hit 19 of his career 200 HRs for the Reds. Like Joe Adcock, Hamilton was also featured here for his 4-HR game.

2008 Topps Opening Dat, #144.

Terry Pendleton played in 50 games for the Reds in 1997.

1997 Fleer Ultra #535.

I hope you were surprised by one or more of these former Reds.

I hope all is well with you and yours,

CinciCuse Bill


  1. It might have to do with it being past my bedtime... but I don't think I knew any of these guys played with the Reds.

  2. A couple of other well noted players include Hall of Famers Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey

  3. Definitely a few surprises in the bunch.

  4. Flood, Martin, Adcock, and Pendleton surprised me. I'm hoping Francona makes the HOF as a manager one day. Kinda why I was secretly rooting for Cleveland in the 2016 World Series; a third ring would have sealed the deal.


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