34 Facts About Cincinnati Reds

1. Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

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2. The Cincinnati Reds compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division, and were a charter member of the American Association in 1881 before joining the NL in 1890.

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3. Cincinnati Reds played in the NL West division from 1969 to 1993, before joining the Central division in 1994.

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4. In 1876, Cincinnati Reds became one of the charter members of the new National League, but the club ran afoul of league organizer and longtime president William Hulbert for selling beer during games and renting out their ballpark on Sundays.

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5. Throuhgout the rest of the decade, the Cincinnati Reds became a team of "firsts".

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6. In 1940, the Cincinnati Reds repeated as NL Champions, and for the first time in 21 years, they captured a world championship, beating the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 3.

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7. Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever to appear in a major league game, a record that still stands today.

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8. Cincinnati Reds captured the 1961 National League pennant, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, only to be defeated by the perennially powerful New York Yankees in the World Series.

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9. The Rosie Cincinnati Reds are still in existence, and are currently the oldest fan club in Major League Baseball.

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10. Under Howsam's administration starting in the late 1960s, all players coming to the Cincinnati Reds were required to shave and cut their hair for the next three decades in order to present the team as wholesome in an era of turmoil.

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11. The rule was not officially rescinded until 1999, when the Cincinnati Reds traded for slugger Greg Vaughn, who had a goatee.

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12. Much like when players leave the Yankees today, players who left the Cincinnati Reds took advantage with their new teams; Pete Rose, for instance, grew his hair out much longer than would be allowed by the Cincinnati Reds once he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979.

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13. Cincinnati Reds won 98 games in 1974, but finished second to the 102-win Los Angeles Dodgers.

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14. On June 15, 1977, the Cincinnati Reds acquired pitcher Tom Seaver from the New York Mets for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman.

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15. In other deals that proved to be less successful, the Cincinnati Reds traded Gary Nolan to the California Angels for Craig Hendrickson; Rawly Eastwick to the St Louis Cardinals for Doug Capilla; and Mike Caldwell to the Milwaukee Brewers for Rick O'Keeffe and Garry Pyka, as well as Rick Auerbach from Texas.

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16. Cincinnati Reds fell to the bottom of the Western Division for the next few years.

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17. In 1984 the Cincinnati Reds began to move up, depending on trades and some minor leaguers.

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18. Under Bergesch, the Cincinnati Reds finished second four times from 1985 to 1989.

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19. In 1994, the Cincinnati Reds were in the newly created National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals, and fellow rivals Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.

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20. In 1995, the Cincinnati Reds won the division thanks to MVP Barry Larkin.

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21. In 1999, the Cincinnati Reds won 96 games, led by manager Jack McKeon, but lost to the New York Mets in a one-game playoff.

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22. Cincinnati Reds broke the major league record for strikeouts in 2004.

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23. Mackanin was manager in an interim capacity only, and the Cincinnati Reds, seeking a big name to fill the spot, ultimately brought in Dusty Baker.

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24. Cincinnati Reds failed to post winning records in both 2008 and 2009.

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25. On October 22, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds hired pitching coach Bryan Price to replace Baker as manager.

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26. Under Price, the Cincinnati Reds were led by pitchers Johnny Cueto and the hard-throwing Cuban Aroldis Chapman.

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27. Shortly after the season's end, the Cincinnati Reds traded home run derby champion Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox, and closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees.

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28. On September 25, 2020, the Cincinnati Reds earned their first postseason berth since 2013, ultimately earning the seventh seed in the expanded 2020 playoffs.

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29. The first ballpark the Cincinnati Reds occupied was Bank Street Grounds from 1882 to 1883 until they moved to League Park I in 1884, where they would remain until 1893.

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30. Thus, in 2003, the Cincinnati Reds began a new era with the opening of the current stadium.

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31. Cincinnati Reds changed uniforms again in 1961, when they replaced the traditional wishbone C insignia with an oval C logo, but continued to use the sleeveless jerseys.

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32. Those uniforms lasted 20 seasons, and the 1992 Cincinnati Reds were the last MLB team to date whose primary uniforms featured pullover jerseys and beltless pants.

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33. Cincinnati Reds succeeded Marty Brennaman when the former retired at the end of the 2019 season.

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34. Sideline reporter Jim Day served as the interim play-by-play voice for the remainder of the 2020 season, after which the Cincinnati Reds hired John Sadak to serve as its television play-by-play announcer.

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