When the game's over, Helms doesn't ask how many hits he got, he has only one question, 'Did we win?'" That's the whole story of baseball. You must have the will to win in your heart.
- Dave Bristol, who managed Helms from 1966-1969
Tommy Helms was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1941, and he made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1964. His first full season in the Major Leagues was 1966, and he won the National League Rookie of the Year that season. Helms was selected to two NL All-Star teams, and he was the starting second baseman in the 1968 game. He was a Gold Glove second baseman in 1970 and '71 before being traded to Houston as part of the Joe Morgan deal after the 1971 season. Helms became the first Cincinnati player to hit a home run in Riverfront Stadium on July 1, 1970 (Hank Aaron hit the first home run in the park during the inaugural game the day before). He also managed the Reds for two stretches in 1988 -- during Pete Rose's month-long suspension for shoving an umpire -- and in 1989 -- after Rose's banishment from baseball. Helms was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1979.