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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bob Purkey dies

From the Reds:

Prior to today's game the Reds had a moment of silence for former pitcher Bob Purkey, who died Sunday...he was 78 years old...Purkey pitched for the Reds from 1958-64 and in 217 starts in Cincinnati went 103-76 with a 3.49 ERA...he was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1974.


6 Comments:

at 6:01 PM Blogger redfuture said...

I have fond memories of Purkey pitching during my first full year being a Reds fan in 1962. He went 23-5 that year as the opposition just flailed at his knuckler.

 
at 8:08 PM Blogger Hugh D. Pohl said...

Purkey was one of my favorites too. He won one of only 2 games to Reds took from the vaunted 1961 Yankees in the World Series and that 1962 was a great year. Didn't know you were that old Redfuture. You must be a codger like me and Mr. Redlegs!

 
at 9:33 PM Blogger maturegent said...

Brings back memories of Purkey, Jay and O,Toole (3 tough pitchers) plus Pinson and the incomparable Robinson. I too am an old codger. RIP Bob.

 
at 9:56 PM Blogger Adrian said...

Oh yeah, I remember the Hudepohl sponser for the Kennedy/McCormick TV broadcast team. Joey Jay won the only game of that WS. Purkey pitched a complete game but lost it 3-2 when the Yankees scored single runs in the 7th, 8th & 9th.

 
at 2:17 AM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

Another old codger here, was sadden to hear of Bob's passing, another of my favorites from my early years as a Reds fan, course my favorite was Big Klu. I have a home run ball I caught off Vada's bat while sitting in the Sun Deck at Crosley Field. I agree three tough pitchers, Joey Jay, Jim O'Toole and Bob Purkey, oh the memories.

 
at 6:27 PM Blogger PresidentJohnAllenJr. said...

Billy McCool and Don Nottebart was pitching in the bullpen. I'm a old
codger too. Harper in left field, Cardenas at short, and Deron Johnson was at first base.

 
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