Dropped Stockings From Name (Reds)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.
World Series Winner 1919The 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 the popularity of the sport and partly ...
World Series Winner 1940The 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 Winner 1975The 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 Winner 1976The 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 ...
World Series Winner 1990The 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 ...
Great American Ball ParkGreat 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 ...
History of the Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have a long and storied history in Major League Baseball. Founded in 1882, the Reds are one of the oldest teams still playing today. They were known as the Red Stockings until 1890 when they changed their name to "Reds." The team has won five World Series titles, most recently in 1990, and has been National League champions twelve times since their inception.
The Reds' first decade was marked by success on the field but financial struggles off it; however, this all changed with new ownership at the turn of the century, which brought stability to both aspects of operations for years to come. This period saw some legendary players participate, including Hall-of-Famers Edd Roush and Pete Rose, who helped bring two World Series championships during this time (1919 & 1940).
In 1956 came arguably one of baseball's greatest teams ever assembled - The Big Red Machine! Led by future Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, along with Sparky Anderson managing from behind the home plate, these men combined forces over a six-year span that resulted in four NL Pennants (1970–1972 & 1975) as well as back-to-back world series titles (1975 & 1976).
Following this era came what is now referred to as “the dark ages,” where little success was found mainly due because there wasn't much money being spent on talent or scouting departments which led them into an extended rebuilding process throughout much of the 1980s/90s before finally making another postseason appearance again after 14 years drought when they made it all way through winning 1990 World Series title against Oakland Athletics 4 games to 3.
Today's version looks very different than its predecessors. Still, it remains rooted deeply in its past successes while striving towards greatness once more, having had three consecutive playoff appearances between 2010 and 2012. As we look forward, let us not forget the roots that makeup such a great organization like Cincinnati Reds, whose rich history will be remembered fondly throughout the MLB landscape!
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1890 – 1999 / National League
1882 – 1889 / American Association
1958 – Present / Cincinnati Reds
1953 – 1958 / Cincinnati Redlegs
1890 – 1953 / Cincinnati Reds
1882 – 1889 / Cincinnati Red Stockings
Reds – From the original team name Cincinnati Red Stockings, the nickname was shortened to the nickname “Cincinnati Reds.”
World Series 5
1990, 1976, 1975, 1940, 1919
2003 – Present / Great American Ball Park
1997 – 2002 / Riverfront Stadium
1996 – 2002 / Cinergy Field
1912 – 1970 / Crosley Field
1912 – 1934 / Redland Field
1902 – 1911 / Palace of the Fans
1894 – 1901 / League Park II
1890 – 1893 / League Park I
1884 – 1889 / American Park
1882 – 1883 / Bank Street Grounds
2006 – Present / Robert Castellini
1998 – 2006 / Carl Lindner, Jr.
1984 – 1998 / Marge Schott
1980 – 1984 / William & James Williams
1973 – 1980 / Louis Nippert
1967 – 1973 / Francis L. Dale
1961 – 1967 / Bill DeWitt
1933 – 1961 / Powel Crosley, Jr.
1929 – 1933 / Sidney Weil
1927 – 1929 / C. J. McDiarmid
1902 – 1927 / August Herrmann
1890 – 1902 / John T. Brush
1882 – 1890 / Justus Thorner
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
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
*Blue is this team’s history