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Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati Red Stockings were founded in 1866 as an amateur club The team became fully professional in 1869 The Red Stockings won 130 straight games between 1869 and 1870 They were defeated by the Brooklyn Atlantics 8-7 in 11 innings

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  • After 1870 the Red Stockings best players relocated to Boston and became the Boston Red Stockings

    • Later became the Beaneaters, then the Braves, currently in Atlanta

  • A new Cincinnati Red Stockings team became a charter member of the National League

  • The team was kicked out of the league for serving beer and renting its stadium on Sundays

  • After being kicked out, the team became a founding member of the American Association in 1882

  • The team won the league’s championship the first year with a winning percentage of .688 (highest in team history)

  • In 1889 the Red Stockings returned to the National League

    • The NL was growing while the AA was weakening

  • Stars Edd Roush, Heinie Groh, Hod Eller, and Harry “Slim” Sallee led the team to a world championship

    • Defeated Chicago White Sox in 8 games

  • “Black Sox Scandal” tainted the Red’s victory

  • By 1931, the team was bankrupt, and Redland field was in shambles

  • In 1933, Powel Crosley bought the Reds out of bankruptcy “Slim” Sallee led the team to a world championship

    • Crosley made his money through electronics

    • Started the WLW radio station and Crosley Broadcasting Corporation

  • Larry Macphail was hired as general manager

    • Developed a minor league system and expanded the fan base

  • The 1930s saw several firsts for the Reds “Slim” Sallee led the team to a world championship

    • Redland Field was renamed Crosley Field

    • Hosted the first night game in 1935

    • Johnny Vander Meer became the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no hitters in 1938

  • Stars of those teams were Vander Meer, Bucky Walters, and 1938 MVP Ernie Lombardi

  • Pitcher Ewell Blackwell and slugger Ted Kluszewski were two stars of Reds teams that struggled in the 1940s and 50s

  • In 1956 the Reds hit a NL record 221 homeruns led by Rookie of the Year Frank Robinson

  • Robinson, Vada Pinson, Wally Post, Joey Jay, and Jim O’Toole made the Reds contenders during the 1960s

  • In 1970, the Reds hired George “Sparky” Anderson as manager

  • The All-Star game was played at the 2 week old Riverfront Stadium

    • Pete Rose scored the winning run

  • The Reds won 70 of the first 100 games of the season and went on to win the NL West title

    • They swept the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the pennant

  • The Baltimore Orioles best the Reds in 5 games to win the World Series

  • In 1972 the Reds again won the NL West and the pennant by defeating the Pirates

  • The Oakland Athletics beat the Reds in 7 games to win a close World Series

  • In 1973 the Reds won the NL West but were upset by the New York Mets for the NL championship

    • Series is known for scuffles between Pete Rose and the Mets

  • Throughout the 1980s the Reds were a mixture of veterans and young talent

  • Dave Parker, Dave Concepcion, Tony Perez, and Pete Rose helped bring stability

  • Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, and Paul O’Neil formed a foundation for another championship

  • From 1985-89 the team finished second 4 times

  • Lou Pinellia was manager beginning in 1990 young talent

    • The team started 33-12 and led the NL West “wire to wire”

  • The team made the playoffs where they faced the Pittsburgh Pirates

    • Won the series in 6 games

  • Faced heavily favored Oakland in the World Series

    • Swept the series in 4 games to win the World Championship