Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 6 – Oct. 8, 1940 – Second World Series clinched, in Game 7

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Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 6 – Oct. 8, 1940 – Second World Series clinched, in Game 7
Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 6 – Oct. 8, 1940 – Second World Series clinched, in Game 7

That the Cincinnati Reds had made the 1940 World Series was hardly a surprise. They had been there in 1939. That they forced a seventh game against the powerful Detroit Tigers was a little more unexpected. The Reds went into the Series with two starters hobbled by injuries. Catcher Ernie Lombardi was limited to three at-bats in two games, while second baseman Lonny Frey managed two at-bats in three games after the heavy metal cover of a dugout water cooler fell on his right foot, creating a deep cut and breaking a bone in his big toe. Manager “Deacon” Bill McKechnie, already dealing with the tragedy of catcher Willard Hershberger committing suicide in August, had activated 40-year-old coach Jimmie

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