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    Jim Merritt from the Chronology

    Sep 28, 1985 - Cincinnati's Tom Browning becomes the first rookie since Bob Grim in 1954 to win 20 games‚ raising his record to 20-9 with a 5-2 win over Houston. He is the first Reds pitcher to win 20 since Jim Merritt in 1970.

    Aug 8, 1973 - Against Texas‚ Yankee starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson and he is replaced by Fred Beane. Beane pitches 9 innings‚ allowing 4 hits and winning‚ 3-2 on Gene Michaels 2-out single in the 9th off starter Jim Merritt.

    Aug 21, 1971 - Pitching in relief‚ the Reds Jim Merritt (1-11) records his only win of the year. A 20-game winner last season‚ Merritt‚ started the year with 11 straight losses‚ one short of the NL record.

    Aug 26, 1970 - In the Reds‚ 6-5 win over the visiting PhilliesJim Merritt notches his 20th win of the year. Jim Bunning takes the loss. Merritt is the first Reds lefty to win 20 since 1925‚ but will be 6-26 the rest of his career.

    Aug 13, 1970 - The Reds Jim Merritt strikes out 13 Mets en route to a 5-1 win in Cincinnati.

    Jul 2, 1970 - The Reds hand the Braves their 9th loss in 10 games‚ as Cincy wins‚ 2-1. Jim Merritt becomes the NL's first 13-game winner and his batterymate Johnny Bench drives in both runs.

    Apr 6, 1970 - In the last home opener at Crosley Field‚ the Reds top the Expos‚ 5-1‚ behind Jim Merritt. It is the first win for manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds have 3 homers in the 4th‚ when Lee MayBernie Carbo‚ and Bobby Tolan connect. It is Carbo's first ML hit. Joe Sparma takes the loss.

    Sep 23, 1969 - In his last ML at bat‚ John Miller homers off the Reds' Jim Merritt‚ but the Dodgers lose 6-3. In 61 plate appearances over 3 years‚ Miller's only other HR was on September 11‚ 1966‚ for the Yankees-in his first ML at bat.

    Aug 21, 1969 - Jim Merritt pitches Cincinnati back into the NL West lead with a 5-3 win at St. Louis.

    Aug 6, 1969 - Jim Merritt pitches the Reds back into first place in the NL West with a 3-2 win against the Mets.

    Jun 23, 1969 - The Reds Jim Merritt allows 2 hits in shutting out the visiting Padres‚ 5-0.

    Nov 21, 1968 - Cincinnati trades SS Leo Cardenas to the Twins for P Jim Merritt.

    Aug 22, 1968 - Jim Merritt loses his shut out in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle parks a pinch homer in Minneapolis. The Twins win‚ 3-1. Mick's homer ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd place on the all-time list.

    Aug 21, 1968 - Minnesota's Jim Merritt loses his shutout in the 9th when Mickey Mantle hits a pinch homer‚ but he wins 3-1. It is Mantle's 534th HR‚ tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd on the all-time list.

    Aug 10, 1968 - On Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium‚ the Twins stop the Yankees‚ 3-2. New York's only scores are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt. It is the Mick's 46th 2-homer game.

    Aug 13, 1967 - Completing a 3-game sweep of the White SoxJim Merritt pitches the Twins into first place with a 3-2 win.

    Jul 21, 1966 - Minnesota P Jim Merritt beats the Senators 1-0 and ties an AL record with 7 straight strikeouts

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