Dyer: Jim McGlothlin’s tragic death, 40 years later

From Mike Dyer at the Cincinnati Enquirer on December 22, 2015:

Jim McGlothlin sat on the bed of a Houston hotel room and sipped a cup of coffee.

The air conditioning was at full blast. His red hair was a mess. The Reds right-handed pitcher needed time to wake up.

The Reds were in the midst of a three-game sweep of the Astros at the nearby Astrodome that final weekend of June 1970. Tony Perez hit a home run to lead off the ninth inning as Cincinnati defeated Houston June 28.

The Reds would soon return home to play in the new Riverfront Stadium. And the late McGlothlin couldn’t wait.

Less than a week after being the final Reds starter at Crosley Field, McGlothlin had the honor of being the starting pitcher against Atlanta that Tuesday night, June 30 at Riverfront Stadium.

Read the full article here: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/2015/12/22/one-of-the-saddest-moments-in-cincinnati-reds-history-40-years-later/77748836/

Originally published: December 22, 2015. Last Updated: December 22, 2015.