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Opening Day Ticket Stubs to 1979
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1931: St. Louis Cardinals 7 - Cincinnati Reds 3 Att: 29,848
Game played at Redland Field, which would be renamed to Crosley Field in 1934. 4 HOFs played in the game. Reds HOFer, who played on the famous 1919 World Series team against the "Black Sox", Edd Roush, goes 0 for 4, but scores a run. Also for the Reds, Leo Durocher gets a single and Joe Stripp hits a HR; For the Cardinals: Frankie Frisch singles and Jim Bottomley get a double, both score a run. Flint Rhem gets the Win.
1944: Chicago Cubs 3 - Cincinnati Reds 0 Att: 30,154
For the Reds: Eric Tipton get the only extra-base hit for the Reds, a double; For the Cubs: Long time Reds favorite, Ival Goodman, in his last season, gets an RBI. Andy Pafko plays in his first opening day game and goes 0 for 3. Hank Wyse gets the Complete game, Shutout Win and Bucky Walters get the loss.
1952: Chicago Cubs 6 - Cincinnati Reds 5 Att: 28,517
For the Reds: Andy Seminick hit his 106th career HR. Ted Kluszewski and Joe Adcock both get two hits; For the Cubs: Hank Sauer hits his 136th career HR, which would be his 3rd of 4 Grand-slams and Randy Jackson hits his 20th career HR. Joe Hatten gets the Win and Frank Hiller the loss. Johnny Temple makes his major league debut with a Pinch-hit Fly-out in the 3rd for Cincinnati. The Cubs debut Toby Atwell and Bud Hardin.
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1956: St. Louis Cardinals 4 - Cincinnati Reds 2 Att: 32,095
For the Reds: Frank Robinson in his first at bat in his first game gets a Ground-rule Double in the bottom of the 2nd just after Ray Jablonski hit his 43rd career HR. Robinson would also get a single and a walk on the day. Ted Kluszewski hit a double; For the Cards: Stan Musial hits his 326th career HR (career hit #2,597) scoring Red Schoendienst, who had two hits on the day. Vinegar Bend Mizell gets the Win and Joe Nuxhall the loss.
1957: St. Louis Cardinals 13 - Cincinnati Reds 4 Att: 32,554
For the Reds: Ted Kluszewski gets a double and Frank Robinson (in his second year) hits a single; For the Cards: Stan Musial has 4 hits (career hits #2,782 to #2,785), which includes 2 doubles. Musial, who still owns the record for 4-plus hit games, would end his career with 67 4-plus hit games. Bobby Smith, in his major league debut, and Wally Moon both hit HRs. Herm Wehmeier gets the Complete Game Win with 4 strikeouts for his 82nd career win.
1961: Chicago Cubs 1 - Cincinnati Reds 7 Att: 28,713
For the Reds: In the first inning, Frank Robinson hits his 166th HR. Wally Post pretty much locks up the win with a 3-run HR in the 3rd, his 172nd career HR; For the Cubs: Andre Rodgers scores the only run for the Cubs with his 14th career HR. Richie Ashburn and Ron Santo both get a single, Billy Williams and Ernie Banks go hit-less. Jim O'Toole gets the Complete game Win with 3 strikeouts. The Reds would go on to win 93 games for the season and go to the World Series for the first time since 1940. They lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in 5 games.
1969: Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - Cincinnati Reds 2 Att: 30,111
For the Reds: Pete Rose hits a single and a Lead-off-Home-run (Hits #1110 & #1111 and HR #60 of 160 of his career) This was his first and only Opening Day Lead-off-Home-run of his career. Bobby Tolan also hit a HR (Career #13 of 86); For the Dodgers: Don Drysdale, in his final year, gets the Win (career #205 of 209) with 4 Strikeouts. Bill Russell and Ted Sizemore make their major league debuts.
1972: Los Angeles Dodgers - 3 / Cincinnati Reds - 1 Att: 37,895
After a two week delay, due to a player's strike, Joe Morgan plays his first game as a Red (first at bat, grounds out, but advances Rose to third). Pete Rose gets a double & a single (career hits #1,725 & #1,726), Don Sutton gets the Win (career #84) with 5 KOs (career #1,153 to #1,157). Sutton, one of only 10 pitchers to be in the 300W/3,000KO club, would go on to Win 324 games and have 3,574 Strikeouts.
1973: San Francisco Giants - 4 / Cincinnati Reds - 1 Att: 51,579
The game time temperature was listed as 42 degrees. For the Reds: Pete Rose gets two singles (career hits #1,923 & #1,924). Tony Perez gets a double & Joe Morgan a single. For the Giants: Willie McCovey has a single and Chris Speier's single drives in 2 runs. Juan Marichal get the Complete Game win with 2 strikeouts (his 228th career win). Gene Locklear makes his major league debut with the Reds.
1974: Atlanta Braves - 6 / Cincinnati Reds - 7 Att: 52,154
Hank Aaron hits his 714th HR. The HR comes off Jack Billingham with 2 on in the 1st, to tie Babe Ruth for the HR record. Tony Perez hits his 211th HR, with 2 on, and Pete Rose gets 3 hits (career #2,153 - #2,155) including 2 doubles. Phil Niekro picked up 2 KOs (#1173 & #1,174 of his 3,342 career total), but Clay Carroll would get the win.
1976: Houston Astros - 5 / Cincinnati Reds - 11 Att: 52,949
For the Big Red Machine: Pete Rose gets three hits (career #2,548 - #2,550) including a triple, Joe Morgan would also get three hits and Tony Perez two; For the Astros: Cesar Cedeno and Bob Watson hit back-to-back HRs. Gary Nolan gets the Win. Joaquin Andujar debut.
1977: San Diego Padres - 3 / Cincinnati Reds - 5 Att: 52,949
For the Reds: Joe Morgan would a double, George Foster a triple and Cesar Geronimo gets his 25th career HR; For the Astros: Cesar Cedeno and Bob Watson hit back-to-back HRs. Woodie Fryman gets the Win. Gene Richards and Victor Bernal debut for the Padres.
1978: Houston Astros - 9 / Cincinnati Reds - 11 Att: 52,378
For the Reds: Pete Rose gets a double for his #2,967 career hit (he would reach 3,000 on May 5 of the 1978 season); For the Astros: Terry Puhl (1st career HR), Cesar Cedeno and Joe Ferguson all hit HRs. Tom Seaver gets the start for the Reds, but Pedro Borbon gets the Win.
1979: San Francisco Giants - 11 / Cincinnati Reds - 5 Att: 52,115
For the Reds: Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan would both single and get a run; For the Astros: Mike Ivie hits his second Opening Day HR against the Reds (the other in 1977). Vida Blue gets the Win with a complete game. Tom Seaver gets the Loss. Frank Pastore debut for the Reds, pitching 3 innings and allowing 1 hit and no earned runs.