57 Facts About Cincinnati Reds


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

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

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

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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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The Cincinnati Reds had been playing baseball on that same site, the corner of Findlay and Western Avenues on the city's west side, for 28 years in wooden structures that had been occasionally damaged by fires.

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The Cincinnati Reds finished ahead of John McGraw's New York Giants, and then won the world championship in eight games over the Chicago White Sox.

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Crosley had started WLW radio, the Reds flagship radio broadcaster, and the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation in Cincinnati, where he was a prominent civic leader.

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

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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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Cincinnati Reds had winning teams during the rest of the 1960s, but did not produce any championships.

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

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The Cincinnati Reds did not recover from this trade until the rise of the "Big Red Machine" in the 1970s.

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The Reds entered into a 30-year lease in exchange for the stadium commitment keeping the franchise in Cincinnati.

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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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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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Many players enter into sponsorship arrangements with shoe manufacturers, but until the mid-1980s, the Cincinnati Reds had a strict rule requiring players to wear only plain black shoes with no prominent logo.

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Cincinnati Reds players decried what they considered to be the boring color choice, as well as the denial of the opportunity to earn more money through shoe contracts.

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The Cincinnati Reds breezed through the 1970 season, winning the NL West and capturing the NL pennant by sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in three games.

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

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The Cincinnati Reds have not lost a World Series game since Carlton Fisk's home run, a span of nine straight wins.

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The Cincinnati Reds won the NL West by ten games and went undefeated in the postseason, sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies to return to the World Series, where they beat the Yankees at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium in the first Series held there since 1964.

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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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The Cincinnati Reds won the 1979 NL West behind the pitching of Seaver, but were dispatched in the NL playoffs by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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In 1981, the Cincinnati Reds had the best overall record in baseball, but finished second in the division in both of the half-seasons that resulted from a mid-season players' strike, and missed the playoffs.

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Kern was publicly upset over having to shave off his prominent beard to join the Cincinnati Reds, and helped force the issue of getting traded during mid-season by growing it back.

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

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

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The Cincinnati Reds had a bullpen star in John Franco, who was with the team from 1984 to 1989.

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The Cincinnati Reds swept the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in four straight, and extended a winning streak in the World Series to nine consecutive games.

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The Cincinnati Reds returned to winning after a losing season in 1991, but 90 wins was only enough for second place behind the division-winning Atlanta Braves.

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Around this time, the Cincinnati Reds would replace their "Big Red Machine" era uniforms in favor of a pinstriped uniform with no sleeves.

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

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The Cincinnati Reds made a run at the playoffs, but ultimately fell short.

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The Cincinnati Reds ended up posting a winning record under Mackanin, but finished the season in fifth place in the Central Division.

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

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The following week, the Cincinnati Reds became only the second team in MLB history to be no-hit in a postseason, game when Philadelphia's Roy Halladay shut down the National League's number one offense in game 1 of the NLDS.

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

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The Cincinnati Reds were forced to trade star pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, receiving minor league pitching prospects for both.

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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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In 2016, the Cincinnati Reds broke the then-record for home runs allowed during a single season, The Cincinnati Reds held this record until the 2019 season when it was broken by the Baltimore Orioles.

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The Cincinnati Reds lost their first-round series against the Atlanta Braves two games to none.

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The Hall of Fame was added as a part of Cincinnati Reds tradition allowing fans to walk through the history of the franchise as well as participating in many interactive baseball features.

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Great American Ball Park is the seventh home of the Cincinnati Reds, built immediately to the east of the site on which Riverfront Stadium, later named Cinergy Field, once stood.

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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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Cincinnati Reds hold their spring training in Goodyear, Arizona at Goodyear Ballpark.

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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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At home, the Cincinnati Reds wore white caps with the red bill with the oval C in red, white sleeveless jerseys with red pinstripes, with the oval C-REDS logo in black with red lettering on the left breast and the number in red on the right.

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The Cincinnati Reds wore pinstriped home uniforms in 1967 only, and the uniforms were flannel through 1971, changing to double-knits with pullover jerseys and beltless pants in 1972.

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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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Cincinnati Reds have retired ten numbers in franchise history, as well as honoring Jackie Robinson, whose number is retired league-wide around Major League Baseball.

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Cincinnati Reds have hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game five times: twice at Crosley Field, twice at Riverfront Stadium, and once at Great American Ball Park .

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

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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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