» January 19, 1931: Acting under a new draft agreement with the Pacific Coast League, Brooklyn purchases the contract of Ernie Lombardi from Oakland.
» March 14, 1932: Babe Herman is traded to Cincinnati by the Dodgers. Catching prospect Ernie Lombardi goes with him as a throw in, making it one of Cincy's best trades ever. The Dodgers acquire Tony Cuccinello, Joe Stripp, and Clyde Sukeforth.
» May 8, 1935: Reds backstop Ernie Lombardi equals the major-league record with four straight doubles, all in consecutive innings (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th) and each off a different pitcher: Syl Johnson, Orville Jorgens, Euel Moore, and Franklin Pearce. The slow-footed Lombardi also has a "long single" in the 23-hit, 15–4 win over the Phillies in game 1. The Reds collect seven doubles and two homers. In the nitecap, the Phils snap their nine game losing streak with a 5–4 victory.
» April 28, 1937:
In a game against the Reds, Cubs P Larry French
gets a bone broken in his right hand when he is hit
by Ernie Lombardi's line drive.
» May 9, 1937: Reds C Ernie Lombardi ties the modern major-league record with six hits (5 singles and a double) in six consecutive times at bat, as Cincinnati routs Philadelphia 21–10 on 24 hits. Alex Kampouris tallies eight RBIs for the Reds on three homers, one a grand slam.
» November 1, 1938: National League batting champ Ernie Lombardi is named MVP by the BBWAA. Chicago P Bill Lee is runner-up.
» October 8, 1939:
In the 10th inning of game 4, the Reds make 3 errors
and watch in shock as the Yankees run wild. The inning
is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio's slide across the plate
left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned
by a kick in the groin by the preceding runner, Charlie
Keller. The Yankees sweep the Reds and win their 4th
straight World Championship.
» August 3, 1940: With Ernie Lombardi hurt, Reds C Willard Hershberger is hitting .309 after taking over. However, depressed in recent weeks, Hershberger commits suicide by slashing his throat in Boston's Copley Plaza Hotel. Hershberger blamed himself for calling wrong pitches in the July 31st 5–4 10-inning loss to New York. Leading 4–1, Bucky Walters retired the first two batters in the 9th and had two strikes on each of the next four batters. But Harry Danning and Burgess Whitehead each homered with a man on. Hershberger's father also committed suicide, in 1928.
» September 18, 1940:
The Reds clinch the NL flag, outdistancing
the Dodgers and the late-rushing Cardinals. Bill McKechnie's
Cincinnati team makes only 117 errors during the season,
18 less than any previous team. The .981 fielding
mark is the best up to this time. The defense, plus
the pitching of Bucky Walters, Paul Derringer, and
reliever Joe Beggs, brings the 2nd straight NL flag
to the Reds, despite multiple injuries to Ernie Lombardi.
The big catcher went down again September 15th, and
with Hershberger's suicide, the club turns to 39-year-old
coach Jimmy Wilson for some of the backstopping. Wilson
will end up as a WS hero.
» May 7, 1941:
At the Polo Grounds, Reds SS Eddie Joost accepts a record 19 chances as Cincinnati edges New York, 1–0. In addition to his 10 assists and nine putouts, Joost has a throwing error and the game's only stolen base. Ernie Lombardi's homer accounts for the only run as Bucky Walters is the winner over Prince Hal Schumacher in a battle of veterans. Both pitchers keep the ball down and each outfield accounts for a single flyout, tying the ML mark for fewest chances by two teams.
» May 22, 1941: A smart play by the Reds Lonny Frey helps Cincy to a 6–4 win over the Giants. With one out and the sacks full in the 1st, Chuck Aleno hits a DP grounder to short. Frey, running from 2B, allows the ball to hit him for an out, stopping play and putting Aleno on 1B. Ernie Lombardi then hits a grand slam. Frank McCormick adds a 2-run home run in the 3rd.
» May 29, 1941: The Cards nip the Reds 10–9 for their 10th straight win. The last five are one run victories. The Reds almost pull the game out, scoring three in the 9th, but Marty Marion snags a Ernie Lombardi line drive and doubles up Ernie Koy at 2B.
» February 7, 1942: Cincinnati stirs the hometown fans by selling popular Ernie Lombardi to the Boston Braves, where he will win the batting title in 1942 with a .330 average.
» February 8, 1942: At California's Folsom prison, the annual game between major leaguers and the prison team is stopped when it's discovered that two prisoners have escaped. With the pros leading 24-5 at the end of seven innings, the game ends and guards go after the two lifers, who are found three hours later. The major leaguers include Ernie Lombardi, Ernie Bonham, Gus Suhr, Joe Marty, and Johnny Babich.
» September 15, 1946:
Ernie Lombardi of the Giants slams the ball
483 feet under the stairway in right-center of the
Polo Grounds, but barely makes 3B. It is the 3rd triple
in 7 years for Schnozz and the last of his career.
» March 10, 1986: Ernie Lombardi, the NL MVP in 1938, and Bobby Doerr, a 9-time AL All-Star, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
» August 3, 1986: Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr, and Ernie Lombardi are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
» September 21, 2002:
Behind Wade Miller's 12th straight win, Houston beats the Cardinals, 6–3. Miller's streak ties a club record. Lance Berkman has a double and homer, driving in three runs, and Eli Marrero hits a home run for the 3rd straight game. Miller's batterymate Brad Ausmus collects his 1000th career hit, but also ties the NL record with his 30th GIDP of the season. Ernie Lombardi had 30 GIDP to set the mark.