Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back on one of Major League’ Baseball’s most dominant teams ever.
As famous for its bold red color in its uniforms as well as its power on the baseball field, this big machine regularly bulldozed Major League Baseball opponents during much of the 1970s.
From 1970 till 1976, the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine was without doubt baseball’s best team. The Reds captured four National League pennants: 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976. Plus, Cincinnati won back- to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.
Bob Hertzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer originally coined the Big Red Machine nickname in 1969. Many believed the talented Reds team churned through opponents like a combine engine driving through a wheat field’s crop.
Managed by Hall of Fame skipper Sparky Anderson, the Big Red Machine featured a roster of powerful, fast and highly skilled baseball players. They dominated the National League for the six years they played together as baseball’s best overall team.
The Cincinnati starting line-up consisted of Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez as well as baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose. In addition to their offensive might, all four of these Reds excelled defensively. They were clutch performers and heady players at the positions they played.
The remaining players on the Reds’ roster included star shortstop Dave Concepcion, speedy outfielders Ken Griffey, Sr. and Cesar Geronimo and home run hitting George Foster.
One of baseball’s best ever all-around teams, the Big Red Machine produced an amazing six National League MVPs, four National League Home Run Champs, three National League Batting Champs, 28 Gold Gloves and 63 All-Star appearances.
The Reds enjoyed their success while playing in Riverfront Stadium. The beautiful new park opened in 1970 when the Big Red Machine originally started slipping into gear.
The Reds began sputtering as a team in 1978, but their previous years of success from 1970 through 1976 will never be forgotten.
Read more about the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine. The team is an easy pick at #4 in my sports comic book about all things big in sports called Favorite Big Things in Sports.
MIKE – on sports!