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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. They are members of the Central Division of the National League. The franchise originated in 1882 as a charter member of a defunct 19th century Major League, the American Association. The name "Reds" evolved from their original name, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first professional baseball team. The Reds then joined the National League in 1890. Since 2003, the Reds have played their home games in Great American Ball Park, a baseball-only facility built next door to their previous home, Riverfront Stadium, which has since been demolished.

The Reds have enjoyed sporadic success over their 125-plus years. They won the AA's inaugural season in 1882, and did not win another championship until the Black Sox scandal ridden World Series of 1919. After struggling throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the Reds made it back to the World Series in 1939, and won it in 1940. They returned to the bottom half of the standings from 1941-1960, except for a third-place finish in 1956, until winning the National League pennant in 1961. After losing to the Yankees in the 1961 World Series, the Reds were unable to piece together any consistent pennant contending teams until the "Big Red Machine" teams of the 1970s. They won 6 National League West Division titles and four National League pennants from 1970-1979, including back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. Their most recent World Series championship was in 1990, and most recent playoff appearance was in 1995.

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Retired Numbers1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42
Colors


  • Red, White, Black


              
Name


  • Cincinnati Reds (1958–present)




  • Cincinnati Redlegs (1953–1958)

  • Cincinnati Reds (1890–1953)

  • Cincinnati Red Stockings (1882–1889)


Other nicknames


  • The Big Red Machine


Ballpark


  • Great American Ball Park (2003–present)

  • Riverfront Stadium (1970–2002)

    • a.k.a. Cinergy Field (1996–2002)



  • Crosley Field (1912–1970)

    • a.k.a. Redland Field (1912–1934)



  • Palace of the Fans (1902–1911)

    • officially League Park (III)



  • League Park (II) (1894–1901)

  • League Park (I) (1884–1893)

    • a.k.a. American Park (1884–1889)



  • Bank Street Grounds (1882–1883)


Major league titles
World Series titles (5)1990 • 1976 • 1975 • 1940
1919
NL Pennants (9)1990 • 1976 • 1975 • 1972
1970 • 1961 • 1940 • 1939
1919
AA Pennants (1)1882
NL Central Division titles (1)1995
West Division titles (7)1990 • 1979 • 1976 • 1975
1973 • 1972 • 1970