Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds

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Red Stockings Team Formation

A third Cincinnati team of the same name was founded in 1881, becoming a founding member of the American Association, a rival league that began play in 1882. That team which is the same franchise of today played for nine seasons in the American Association and won the Association pennant in 1882. The pennant winning club still holds the record for the highest winning percentage of any Reds club to date (.688).

Dropped Stockings From Name

In November 1889, the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Brooklyn Dodgers both left the Association for the National League. In the move, the Red Stockings dropped "Stockings" from their name.

Crosley Field

In 1912, Redland Field (later to be known as Crosley Field), built on the corner of Findlay and Western Avenues on the city's west side opened for the Reds. The Reds had actually been playing baseball on that site for the last 20 years.

Crosley Field was a Major League Baseball park located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the home field of the National League's Cincinnati Reds from 1912 through June 24, 1970.

Riverfront Stadium

Playing at Crosley Field until June 30, 1970, when the Reds moved into brand-new Riverfront Stadium, a 52,000 seat multi-purpose venue on the shores of the Ohio River, the Reds began the 1970s with a bang by winning 70 of their first 100 games. Riverfront Stadium (1970 - 1995), later known as Cinergy Field (1996 - 2002), was the home of the Cincinnati Reds National League baseball team.

Prior to the 2001 baseball season, the stadium was remodeled into a baseball-only configuration, and the artificial surface was replaced with grass. To allow room for the construction of Great American Ball Park which was being built largely over the grounds the stadium already sat on, a large section of the left and center field stands were removed and the distance to the fences was shortened by five feet. The new Great American Ballpark and old Riverfront Stadium were 26 inches apart at its closest point during this time. Consequently, in its last years, the stadium achieved an openness and a degree of aesthetic appeal that it had lacked for most of its existence.

World Series Winners - 5 World Series Wins

World Series - 1990
The 1990 World Series matched the defending champions and heavily favored Oakland Athletics against the Cincinnati Reds, with the Reds sweeping the Series in four games. It was the fifth 4-game sweep by the National League and second by the Reds (1976). It is remembered for Billy Hatcher's seven consecutive hits. The sweep extended the Reds' World Series winning streak to nine games, dating back to 1975. This also was the second World Series meeting between the two clubs (Oakland won four games to three in 1972). As of 2014, 1990 was the most recent World Series appearance for both franchises.

World Series - 1976
The 1976 World Series matched the defending champion Cincinnati Reds of the National League against the New York Yankees of the American League, with the Reds sweeping the Series to repeat. The Reds became (and remain) the only team to sweep an entire multi-tier postseason. The Reds are also the last National League team to win back-to-back World Series. It also marked the second time that the Yankees were swept in a World Series, the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers were the first to sweep them.

World Series - 1975
The 1975 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the Boston Red Sox (AL) and Cincinnati Reds (NL). It has been ranked by ESPN as the second-greatest World Series ever played. Cincinnati won the series four games to three.

World Series - 1940
The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, the Reds winning a closely contested seven-game series for their second championship 21 years after their scandal-tainted victory in 1919. This would be the Reds last World Series championship for 35 years despite appearances in 1961, 1970, and 1972. Bill Klem worked the last of his record 18 World Series as an umpire.

World Series - 1919
The 1919 World Series matched the American League champion Chicago White Sox against the National League champion Cincinnati Reds. Although most World Series have been of the best-of-seven format, the 1919 World Series was a best-of-nine series (along with 1903, 1920, and 1921). Baseball decided to try the best-of-nine format partly to increase popularity of the sport and partly to generate more revenue.

Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park is a baseball stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home field of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). It opened in 2003, replacing Cinergy Field (formerly Riverfront Stadium), which had been their home field from June 1970 to 2002. Despite the patriotic tone of the name, the park's name comes from the Great American Insurance Group, which purchased the park's naming rights through 2033.

Great American Ball Park was built by the architectural firms Populous (then HOK Sport) and GBBN at a cost of approximately US$290 million. It is located on the plot of land between the former site of Cinergy Field and US Bank Arena; it was known locally as the "wedge". The limited construction space necessitated the partial demolition of Cinergy Field. It was fully demolished on December 29, 2002.

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Team Information Team History


Reds - Cincinnati Red Stockings later shortened to Cincinnati Reds.

Great American Ball Park 
2003 - present
Riverfront Stadium
1997 - 2002
  • Cinergy Field
  • 1996 - 2002
Crosley Field
1912 - 1970
  • Redland Field
  • 1912 - 1934
Palace of the Fans
1902 - 1911
League Park II
1894 - 1901
League Park I
1890 - 1893
  • American Park
  • 1884 - 1889

Bank Street Grounds
1882 - 1883

Robert Castellini
2006 - Present
Carl Lindner, Jr.
1998 - 2006
Marge Schott
1984 - 1998
William & James Williams
1980 - 1984
Louis Nippert
1973 - 1980
Francis L. Dale
1967 - 1973
Bill DeWitt
1961 - 1967
Powel Crosley, Jr.
1933 - 1961
Sidney Weil
1929 - 1933
C. J. McDiarmid
1927 - 1929
August Herrmann
1902 - 1927
John T. Brush
1890 - 1902

Justus Thorner
1882 - 1890

Established: 1882

League History:
Major League Baseball
2000 - present
National League
1890 - 1999

American Association
1882 - 1889

Team History:
Cincinnati Reds
1958 - present

Cincinnati Redlegs
1953 - 1958
Cincinnati Reds
1890 - 1953

Cincinnati Red Stockings
1882 - 1889

World Series: 5
1990, 1976, 1975, 1940, 1919

Retired Numbers:
1 Fred Hutchinson
5 Johnny Bench
8 Joe Morgan
10 Sparky Anderson
11 Barry Larkin
13 Dave Concepción
14 Pete Rose
18 Ted Kluszewski
20 Frank Robinson
24 Tony Pérez
42 Jackie Robinson

Mascots: 2002 - present 2007 - present

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