Reds can trace their beginnings back to 1869 when they
were called the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1876, the
Red Stockings became a charter member of the National
League—a membership that was revoked in 1880 partly
because the franchise refused to stop renting out its
space or stop selling beer during its games.
1881 saw the
Red Stockings join the American Association, where it
would play until the team was readmitted to the National
League in 1889. Around that time, the team name was shortened
to Reds. The team wasn’t much of a contender until
1919, when the Reds won the World Series. Unfortunately,
the “Black Sox” scandal, involving supposed
game fixing by the White Sox in the Series, tainted the
The Reds had
some lackluster years following the Series, despite some
standout individual performances. By 1934, everything
was looking pretty bleak for the Reds until Powel Crosley,
Jr., bought the team, renovated the ballpark and told
everyone he was keeping the Reds in Cincinnati. Redland
Field was renamed in his honor.
the Reds. By 1939 they were National League champions,
though they were beat by the Yankees in the World Series.
The following year, the Reds captured their second World
Series title, this time over the Detroit Tigers.
slump hit, though fans stayed true, continuing to buy
Reds tickets and cheer at the games. The Reds rallied
again in 1961, taking the pennant, but losing the Series
to the Yankees. 1970 saw the debut of a new home field,
Riverfront Stadium, and the team took the pennant, but
once again failed to finish the World Series with a win.
The Reds put
together their best years in the 1970s. They made it to
the World Series in 1972, 1975 and 1976, winning the last
two. Sadly, the most memorable part of the 1980s for Reds
fans was Pete Rose, a player who was a Cincinnati hero,
was given a lifetime ban from baseball for gambling on
baseball, including betting against his own team.
brought the Reds a new ballpark, the Great American Ballpark.
Baseball tickets sales improved with the new park, yet
the team couldn’t quite get a winning club together.
This trend continued through 2005 for the Reds. However,
the team is building on the talent of players such as
Felipe López, and Edwin Encarnación, who
have joined proven players Bernie Williams and Adam Dunn.
Hopefully, the team has a bright future ahead of them.