bill-swift - April 24, 2012
There are certain clubs that most people (or at least guys) are eager to join; the Auto Club, the Beer of the Month Club, the Bacon of the Month Club (you know you'd join) and the Mile High Club just to name a few.
Exclusivity is not mandatory, but it is cool to know that you've done something or gone somewhere that few have gone before. Well, on Friday the Cincinnati Reds gained entry into one of the most prestigious and exclusive clubs that Major League Baseball has to offer.
The 10,000 Wins Club.
With 12 hits against the Chicago Cubs pitching staff the Reds were able to generate nine runs (with the help of a three errors the Cubs committed) while limiting the Cubs to four runs on five hits for a 9-4 victory. It was starting pitcher Homer Bailey's first win of the season and just the fifth for the team.
It took the team roughly 120 years to get to 10,000 wins (with Sunday's win over the Cubs they actually have 10,001 now). In that time frame they have also lost 9,711 games, had 38 players (of 1822) go to the Hall of Fame, scored 88,760 runs, hit 10,315 home runs, and compiled an overall batting average of .265 and an ERA of 3.72.
Among some of the greats to wear a Reds uniform during those 120 seasons are Fred Hutchinson, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Sparky Anderson, Dave Concepcion, Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin, and of course Pete Rose.
The win puts them in the same company as the San Francisco Giants (10, 529), Chicago Cubs (10,315), Los Angeles Dodgers (10,229), St. Louis Cardinals (10,205), and Atlanta Braves (10,044).
(Here's a look at the Reds, past and present, that have contributed to making this historic milestone.)
Article by Travis Pulver