The road to the first championship victory
The name Reds derives from the red knee-high socks that the players wore at the time. At its founding, the team was indeed called Red Stockings. However, the name was shortened to Reds in 1890. In its early days, the team played solidly in the top ranks. Although they did not make the playoffs, the performance was usually enough for a place in the better half. In 1919, the Cincinnati Reds really made their mark for the first time. With a regular season record of 99 wins, they won the National League and qualified for the World Series. There they defeated the Chicago White Sox to win their first national championship. Through no fault of their own, however, the Reds' performance took a back seat. For talking point was predominantly the Black Sox scandal triggered by players of the Chicago White Sox.
Big Red Machine
. It would take until 1940 before the Reds could win the World Series again. By beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3, they again took the trophy. The first half of the 1970s was arguably the Cincinnati Reds' greatest era. Led by Reds legends Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose, the team recorded a total of four World Series appearances in seven years. That earned the Reds the name Big Red Machine. During that time, they won the National League West Division a total of five times and have since been considered one of the best teams in Major League Baseball history. Although the Reds were defeated in their first two finals appearances in 1970 and 1972, that didn't stop them from triumphing against the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and taking the title again in 1976 with a sweep against the New York Yankees. The '70s were the era of the Reds. In the decades that followed, they would only make one more appearance in the World Series. That one appearance, however, the Reds knew how to make perfect use of it. They defeated the Oakland Athletics via sweep to claim their fifth title. Since then, the Cincinnati Reds have made it to the postseason a few more times. But it wasn't enough for the World Series.
Between the Skyline and the River
The Reds enjoyed their first major successes at Riverfront Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium. In 2003, after three years of construction, the Great American Ballpark opened, dedicated purely to baseball. It is centrally located in downtown Cincinnati overlooking the Ohio River. The ballpark seats approximately 43,000 spectators. The view is worth seeing from virtually all of the bleachers. While fans can see the Cincinnati skyline from the bleacher seats, the infield bleachers overlook the Ohio River. A special feature of the ball park are two smokestacks, symbolic of steamboat navigation. They provide atmosphere during victories and home runs. In and around the stadium is the C, in the team colors of red and white, which frames the other letters of the team name. This C can also be seen on the official on-field caps during games. Another and equally popular logo depicts a player with a baseball for a head as well as a prominent mustache. The importance of a good farm system is probably something no franchise can better judge than the Reds. Players like Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, all of whom played big parts in the golden '70s, came from their own training. Finding and developing such players again is the job of the Cincinnati Reds minor league teams, the Louisville Bats, the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Dayton Dragons and the Daytona Tortugas.