Cincinnati Reds Tickets
Established in 1881, the Cincinnati Reds are one of the oldest professional major league baseball teams in the MLB. Commonly known as Reds or the Big Red Machine, the Reds have been competing in the National League (NL) Central division, since 1994. Previously, from 1969 to 1993, they played in the NL West division. The Reds have won five World Series titles, nine NL Pennants, seven West Division titles and three Central Division titles. Furthermore, they have been to the playoffs as recently as 2013.
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What’s in a Name?
The Reds have always been based in Cincinnati, although not always as the Cincinnati Reds. From 1882 to 1889, they were called the Cincinnati Red Stockings. From 1890 to 1953, they were called the Cincinnati Reds, which were once again renamed from 1954 to 1958 as the Cincinnati Redlegs. The Redlegs finally became the Cincinnati Reds in 1959.
How did the Reds become The Big Red Machine?
The name The Big Red Machine refers to the 1970-80 decade, in which the Reds made to seven post-season games. Two of their World Series wins also came in this decade, along with six West Division titles.
In 1970, George Sparky Anderson was hired as the team’s manager. The team won 70 of its 100 games. The players that helped turn the Reds into The Big Red Machine were Bobby Tolan, Lee May, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. The Reds won their division and then the NL Pennant by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, by the time the Reds were in the World Series, they had overworked themselves. Running out of steam, they were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles.
The 1971 season is considered a blot on the team’s record. A complete opposite of the 1970 season, the 1971 season saw the Reds win 79 games and lose 83 games. They came fourth in their division. However, the team under Sparky Anderson rebuilt itself for the next season and acquired star ball players George Foster, Denis Menke, Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, and Joe Morgan.
The 1972 MLB season turned out to be the way Reds had planned it. They won their division and once in the playoffs, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the World Series, they faced the Oakland Athletics. Six of the seven games were decided by one run. In the end, the Athletics won the World Series title.
The Reds’ 1973 season was a little less dramatic, as they made it to the playoffs, but lost to the Mets in NL Championship Series. In 1974, the team came in at second place in their league’s regular season standings, but failed to proceed to post-season games. The Reds’ 1975 and 1976 seasons were a whole new ballgame however.
Two Consecutive World Series Titles
The Cincinnati Reds’ 1975 season is still remembered as the Great Eight team. George Foster, César Gerónimo, Ken Griffey, Pete Rose, Dave Concepción, Joe Morgan, Tony Pérez, and Johnny Bench saw the team win 41 out of 50 games in a stretch. Finishing their regular season with a 108-54 record, the Reds won their division and advanced into the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Reds first defeated the Pirates to win the NL Championships Series. They then defeated the Red Sox 4-3 to win the World Series.
The Reds’ 1976 season saw the same Great Eight in the field. The team won their division title by winning 102 games and advanced to the post-season. In the playoffs, they defeated the Phillies 3-0 and won the NL Championship Series. In the World Series, the Reds faced the formidable New York Yankees. The Reds would sweep the Yankees 4-0 to win their second back to back World Series title. This was only the second ever sweep of the Yankees in the World Series.
After the 1976 season, Tony Pérez was traded to Montreal, breaking the lineup of a formidable force, which had come to be known as The Big Red Machine. This decision was later acknowledged by Sparky Anderson as the biggest mistake of his career.
The post-1976 Reds may have seen the end of the Machine, but it was not the end of the team. The Reds would win another World Series title in 1990. Things may turn out for the better for the Reds this season as well and to watch it all happen before your eyes, get Cincinnati Reds tickets now.