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Cincinnati Reds Tickets: History of the Big Red Machine
The Cincinnati franchise has its origins dating back to the 1880s and has held the name Red Stockings, as well as the Red Legs, during parts of its history. Until 1975, the Reds had won just two World Series titles over the course of 80 plus years of existence. This is when the Big Red Machine took over.
With a line up stacked with players such as Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey, and Tony Perez, and managed by Sparky Anderson, the Reds would win the National League West with an astonishing 108 victories. They would go on to defeat the Pirates and the Red Sox to capture 1975 World Series!
The following season, they would again capture the National League West crown with 102 wins and would go undefeated in the playoffs, sweeping both the Phillies and the Yankees for back to back championships!
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A New Era
After the dominance of the mid 70s, the Reds would rebuild and put together a great season in 1990. A young shortstop named Mariano Duncan would lead the team with a .306 batting average, and a goggled third baseman named Chris Sabo would belt 25 HRs that year!
Add to the mix Eric Davis, Paul O'Neill, Barry Larkin, Billy Hatcher, and manager Lou Piniella, and you have quite a team. They would win the National League West and then beat the Pirates for the Pennant and advance to the fall classic against the Oakland As. In a four game sweep, the Reds would again become World Series champs!
Keeping Up Appearances This Season
Coming off their first post season appearance in 15 years last season, the Reds are led by first baseman Joey Votto, who had career highs in HRs, RBIs, and batting average last year. They will also look for third baseman Scott Rolen to continue his solid production. Young center fielder Drew Stubbs in just his second year and first full season reached the 20 HR plateau and knocked in 77 runs and looks to improve on those numbers.
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Cincinnati Reds Tickets at the Red House
The Reds play at the fabulous Great American Ballpark, which opened in 2003 and holds 42,000 for baseball.