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The history of the Cincinnati Reds

Information about the MLB team Cincinnate Reds.


In the world of Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds are a team from the state of Ohio. This squad is a member of the National League's Central Division.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: an overview

The franchise started in 1882 as a member of the now-expired American Association league. The team name "Reds" was based on the "Cincinnati Red Stockings," first labeled as the initial pro baseball team. From 2003, they have been playing home games in the Great American Ball Park, a facility catering only to baseball. This team has sporadic victories in a span of 125 years. The team won the AA's first season (1882), but did not get another championship title until 1919. The team was competitive though in the late 1930s, and from 1950s into the 1970s. The team's latest World Series championship title was won in 1990.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: 1912 to 1930s


In 1912, the club put up a steel-and-concrete park, the Redland Field, which would become later on as Crosley Field. In the late 1910s, they started to emerge from the latter half division, and in 1918, the squad finished at fourth. The manager, Pat Moran, was responsible for the team's acquisition of a 1919 pennant. They finished ahead of the Giants, then won the World Championship versus the White Sox of Chicago.

In 1920, a scandal marked the first championship of the team. During the rest of the 1920s and 1930s, they were 2nd division finishers. The pitching stars then were Pete Donohue, Dolf Luque, and Eppa Rixey. When 1931 arrived, the squad was bankrupt due to the Great Depression.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: the team's revival

Electronics magnate Power Crosley Jr. brought the team out of oblivion. He hired Larry MacPhail as the general manager of the team. Throughout the 30s, the team recorded some firsts. The very first night was held at Crosley Field in 1935. Johnny Vander became the major league's only pitcher to do back-to-back no hitters in the late 30s. A great offense came only in the late thirties, as Ernie Lombardi got the MVP award in 1938. The position players were Lew Riggs, Ival Goodman, and Harry Craft. When 1938 came, the team landed at 4th. A year after that, the Cincinnati Reds won the championship title in the NL. The team won again the NL championship title in 1940, and for the first time in more than two decades, the team won the World championship, defeating the Detroit Tigers.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: changes in the team's image

In the 50s, the Cincinnati Reds feared that people would associate their team's name to Communism. So, the name was changed to Cincinnati Redlegs. Right from 1956 to 1960, the logo was changed to get rid of the "reds." However, the original logo was used again in the uniforms during the late 60s.

In the late 60s and under a new management, a grooming rule was implemented. Players were not allowed to have beards, mustaches, and long hair. The team's clean-cut look was supposed to say that the team is traditional and wholesome despite difficult times. The implementation of this grooming rule caused fiction between the management and players. In the 80s, this policy lost the team a good player by the name of Rollie Fingers, who would not shave off his handlebar mustache. It was in 1999 that the policy got kicked out, when they got Vaughn, a goatee-wearing individual.

The policies also covered the wearing of uniforms. For this team, the players were forced to buy their own shoes and gloves. Through the 80s, the management forced players to wear plain black shoes that had no prominent logos. When some players objected, they had a compromise. Red shoes were then allowed to be worn by the players.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: notable players

This team had a good start during the 70s, winning 70 of the first 100 games. The offensive key players at that time were Bobby Tolan, Lee May, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench. Notable pitchers at that time were Jim McGlothlin, Wayne Simpson, Jim Merritt, and Gary Nolan. They went through the 1970s with a bang as they won the NL West. They also won the NL pennant. The sad thing was when they reached the World Series, the Orioles of Baltimore defeated them. Right after this, the Reds did countermeasures by trading Tommy Helms, May, and Jimmy Stewart for the following -- Denis Menke, Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo, and Joe Morgan.

In 1972, they won the NL West, defeating the Pirates in a monumental 5-game affair. Six of the seven games were clinched by a single run, and with a strong Reggie Jackson out due to injuries, Gene Tenace got the chance to show off his skills. He played in the series, giving four home runs. It went to the history books as the very first WS where no starting pitcher (either camp) pitched for a total game. The Reds won the third NL West in 1973, but they lost the NL pennant to the Mets. In one of the games, Tom Seaver faced Jack Billingham in a noteworthy pitching war, with three runs scored on home runs. The team won a total of 98 games in 1974, but landed second to the 102-victory of the Dodgers.

In 1974, the team began with a lot of fanfare. The Braves opened the season with the team. Hank Aaron began the opening day with an incredible 713 home runs, a single short of making a tie with Ruth's legendary record. In a 3-ball, 1-strike, the first pitch he made became the "deadlocker."

In 1975, the team became stronger with the help of the following players -- George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey, Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench. Pitchers were Clay Kirby, Pat Darcy, Jack Billingham, Gary Nolan, Fred Norman, and Don Gullett. Very notable in this year were the 37 saves (combined) of McEnaney and Eastwick. The same year, the Cincinnati boys got the NL West with more than a hundrd wins, and at the Series, they faced the Red Sox. Deadlocked after 4 games, the Reds claimed the fifth. In game 6, the Great Game happened. Up to now, a lot of ball experts would say that it was the best World Series in history. Reds were up, six to three, five outs remaining, when the Red Sox got it tied with a 3-run homerun. Then, Carlton Fisk clinched an incredible 12th inning homerun, forcing a game seven. The Reds reigned supreme the next day, getting their first championship title in more than 30 years. In 1976, they won the NL West by 10 games, going unbeated in post-season. They humiliated the Yankees, the first Series that happened since the mid 60s.

History of the Cincinnati Reds: latest developments


In 2007, the Cincinnati Reds acquired several veteran players. In the middle of the 2007 season, Pete Mckanin replaced Jerry Narron as manager. In early 2008, Walt Jocketty replaced Wayne Krivsky as the team's general manager. Despite the fact that the Cincinnati Reds were never considered as a winning franchise during the time of Krivsky, he was responsible for the team's revamped system and roster of players that could lead the team to future victories.