Reed was a basketball standout at Notre Dame. He was an NBA forward in 1965-67 as
the sixth man for Dave DeBusschere's Pistons. He was also playing pro-baseball in
the summers, and he finally yielded to a two-year contract from the Braves that required
him to abandon basketball. In 1969 he went 18-10, helping Atlanta to its first division
title, but lost to the Mets in Game Two of the LCS.
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Reed was the Braves' winning
pitcher on April 8, 1974, the day Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run.
A 1975 trade sent him to St. Louis, where he went 9-8 before being dealt to the Phillies.
Converted to relief by manager Danny Ozark, he teamed with Tug McGraw for eight seasons
to give Philadelphia a powerful lefty-righty tandem. He recorded career bests of
17 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 1978 and saved the Phillies' division clincher. He led
the majors with 13 relief wins in 1979. He was the loser in Game Two of the 1980
LCS, but he saved Game Two of the World Series against Kansas City. When he left
the majors at age 42, he stood 15th on the all-time list for games pitched (751).
He recorded 103 career saves.
»July 10, 1970:
Reds SS Woody Woodward goes deep for his first and only ML homer, off Ron Reed in Atlanta. It comes in his 684 ML game. It is too little as the Braves top the Reds, 119. The Reds take the nitecap, 31, scoring two runs when Pat Corrales hits a long drive that glances off the glove of Hank Aaron and over the fence for a home run. Pete Rose is 5-for-5, all singles.
»July 4, 1972:
Denny McLain makes his National League debut in the 2nd game of a twinbill with the Cubs, called in the 8th inning because of rain. McLain gets no decision in the 33 tie, but gets a standing ovation at the end from the crowd of 50,597. Atlanta wins the opener, 51, as Ron Reed beats Juan Pizarro. Paul Casanova's first NL homer and Lum's 3-run homer in the 7th account for four runs.
»May 31, 1982: The Phils outbrawl the Reds to win 54 in 13 innings. Mario Soto holds the Phils to one hit, while hitting two himself -- Bob Dernier and Mike Schmidt -- on successive pitches in the 6th. In the 7th, Ron Reed plunks Soto, who starts for the mound with his bat. He restrained, but Dave Concepcion steps in landing punches to Reed. All three are tossed and Reds reliever Joe Price allows no hits in the 7th and 8th but is pounded for four runs in the 9th. The Phils plate a run off Bob Shirley in the 13th to win.