About the Cincinnati Reds

By | Apr 4, 2007

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1) A team called the Cincinnati Red Stocking in 1869 was the first openly all-professional team. This team disbanded after the 1870 season. In 1876 a new Cincinnati Red Stocking team was one of the charter members of the National League, but was expelled from the league in 1880 for violating rules. In 1882 a rival league to the National League, the American Association began play in 1882 with the Cincinnati Red Stockings as one of its team. They left that league to join the National League in 1890 dropping the Stockings from their name becoming the Cincinnati Reds. From 1956 to 1960 fearing that their name would be associated with the Communist thread, they used the name Redlegs. From 1883 to 2006 they are 9089-8920 or .505 in regular season action.

2) One of the best decades for the Reds was the 1970’s. During those years they had only one losing season under manager Sparky Anderson. The teams was known as the Big Red Machines and had on that team Johnny Bench (considered by many as the best all around catcher ever), Tony Perez and Pete Rose (the all time hits leader). By the end of the decade, however the team had fired Anderson and Perez and Rose had left the team.

3) The Reds have won 8 Divisional championship and 9 National League championships. They have won 5 World Series championships and 1 American Association championship.

4) They have retired the numbers; 1-Fred Hutchinson, 5-Johnny Bench, 8-Joe Morgan, 10-Soarky Anderson, 18-Frank Robinson (His number is also retired by the Baltimore Orioles), 24-Tony Perez. Although the Reds have not retired the number Pete Rose’s number 14, because of his ban from baseball, no one other than Rose’s son for 11 games in 1997 has worn the number for the Reds. Also the number 13 of Dave Concepción and Barry Larkin’s number 11 (he retired in 2004) have not been reissued. It is assumed that Larkin’s 11 will be retired soon.

5) They play their home games at the Great American Ball Park, sponsorship name of Great American Insurance Group, which opened in 2003. It has a capacity of 42,059.

6) They are owned by a group lead by Robert Castellini an American businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their manager as the 2007 season began is Jerry Narron.


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