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Reds join exclusive list with 20,000th game

CINCINNATI -- Thursday's series finale against the Angels marked the 20,000th game in the franchise history of the Reds. Cincinnati had the first professional baseball team, founded in 1869, but did not join the Major Leagues officially until 1882 -- when it played in the American Association.

Known then as the Red Stockings, the club took the field for the first time on May 1, 1882, vs. the Pirates.

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The starting rotation during that first 80-game season consisted of only two pitchers -- Will White and Harry McCormick. White had a record of 40-12.

The Braves and Cubs are the only two other clubs that have already surpassed 20,000 games in their histories.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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