Mr. Red made his first appearance on a Reds uniform as a sleeve patch in 1955. The patch featured Mr. Red's head, clad in an old-fashioned white pillbox baseball cap with red stripes. The following season, 1956, saw the Reds adopt sleeveless jerseys, and Mr. Red was eliminated from the home uniform. He was moved to the left breast of the road uniform, and remained there for one season before being eliminated entirely. In 1999, the Reds re-designed their uniform and "Mr. Red" was reintroduced as a sleeve patch on the undershirt. A human version of the mascot didn't appear until the early 1980s. The costumed mascot disappeared in the late 1980s but was reintroduced in 1997. The humanoid Mr. Red retired in 2007 leaving Gapper, Rosie Red and Mr. Redlegs to take his place. A new version of Mr. Red was unveiled at Redsfest 2012; the new mascot will be on the field with Mr. Redlegs, Gapper and Rosie Red.
The finest baseball photograph because it captures the fierceness and intensity of the game’s most daring, aggressive player. It was almost impossible to record motion pictures of ball games in Cobb’s day, and still photographs rarely caught the gritty speed and determination everyone lauded about Cobb. Charles Conlon snapped the photograph on 23 July 1910, using a large format Graflex camera on a tripod. He was on the field, behind third base in foul territory. Conlon was quite familiar with Cobb’s demonic abuse of the baselines and basemen and had his camera ready with Cobb on second.
Round 1: Trea Turner (SS/OF, Washington Nationals ) – We’ve heard quite a bit over the last couple of years about the scarcity of stolen bases in the current environment, and somewhat less about the increasing rarity of high-average hitters. Looking back on my overall fantasy performance during that time, I noticed an apparent lack of appreciation for these two categories. So, I went into the mock knowing I wanted Turner with my first pick. There just aren’t many players who can be a huge asset in steals without hurting you elsewhere. Turner has yet to play a full, continuous MLB season, and that’s certainly not something I can usually say of my early picks. But prorate his production thus far to 650 plate appearances and you end up with a .304 AVG, 106 R, 20 HR, 69 RBI, and 65 SB. That’s incredibly valuable. I might not have gone this way in a draft that counted, but I wanted to see how things would play out if I made sure to address speed early.