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The History Of Cincinnati Baseball
The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team, finishing their inaugural season undefeated.  In 1876, the Red Stockings became a charter member of the National League where they played until they were unable to field a team in 1881.  A reformed Red Stockings team joined the American Association in 1882 and won the pennant in their first season with a .688 winning percentage and finishing 11-1/2 games in front.  After the season ended, the Red Stockings won a pair of exhibition games against the Chicago White Stockings of the older and stronger National League.  The team transferred to the National League in 1890, shortened their name to Reds, and finished in fourth place, 10-1/2 games out of first.  They came no closer to first place until winning their first World Series, albeit a tainted one, in 1919.  In 1940, the Reds had their first 100-win season and beat the Detroit Tigers for their second World Series title.  In 1953, the team changed it's name to the Cincinnati Red-Legs.  The name lasted only until 1959, when the familiar Cincinnati Reds name, still used today, was again adopted.  World Series Titles in 1975 & 1976 followed the rise of "The Big Red Machine" in the early 1970's.  Fourteen years later, the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, a team built and groomed by Pete Rose before his banishment from baseball in 1989, returned to win another World Series championship under then-manager Lou Piniella.
Cincinnati Teams & Leagues
Years
Team Name
League Affiliation
1876-1880
Cincinnati Red Stockings
National League
1882-1889
Cincinnati Red Stockings
American Association
1884
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds
Union Association
1891
Cincinnati Porkers
American Association
1890-1952
Cincinnati Reds
National League
1953-1958
Cincinnati Redlegs
National League
1959-Present
Cincinnati Reds
National League
Cincinnati Ballparks
Years
Ballpark Name
1869-1870
Union Grounds
1876-1879
Avenue Grounds
1880, 1882-1883
Bank Street Grounds
1884-1901
* League Park *
1891
Pendleton Park(Cin. Porkers)
1902-1911
* Palace of the Fans *
1912-1933
* Redland Field *
1934-1970
* Crosley Field *
1970-2002
Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field
2003- ????
Great American Ballpark
(*League Park, Palace of the Fans, Redland Field, & Crosley Field were all located on the same site at the intersection of Findlay & Western.  Redland Field was renamed Crosley Field for team owner Powell Crosley.  Crosley Field was also the site of baseball's first night game.)
World Series Appearances
Year
Opponent
Result
1919
Chicago White Sox
World Champions
1939
New York Yankees
LOST
1940
Detroit Tigers
World Champions
1961
New York Yankees
LOST
1970
Baltimore Orioles
LOST
1972
Oakland Athletics
LOST
1975
Boston Red Sox
World Champions
1976
New York Yankees
World Champions
1990
Oakland Athletics
World Champions
Baseball Hall Of Famers
Player Name
Years With Team
Johnny Bench
1967-1983
Joe Morgan
1972-1979
Tony Perez
1964-1976, 1984-1986
Sparky Anderson, Manager
1970-1978
Ernie Lombardi
1932-1941
Bid McPhee
1882-1899
Frank Robinson(Orioles)
1956-1965
Reds Players Who Should Be In "The Hall Of Fame"
Dave Concepcion                    Dave Parker

How Can It Be Called "The Baseball Hall Of Fame"
If PETE ROSE Isn't In It?