The Cincinnati Reds

  • Perfect season

    Perfect season
    Nov. 6: In the final official match of the season, the Red Stockings defeat the Mutuals of New York, 17-8, on Union Grounds. Baseball's first team of professionals finished the season with a perfect 57-0 record
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    The Cincinnatti Reds History

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  • First loss

    June 14: The Red Stockings' winning streak ends at 81 games as Cincinnati falls to the Brooklyn Atlantics, 8-7, in extra innings in Brooklyn.
  • National league was formed

    National league was formed
    Feb. 2: The National League is formed in New York City with Cincinnati as a charter member. The other cities in the league include Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Hartford, Louisville, New York and Philadelphia.
  • The Reds were expelled from the National Leaugue

    Oct. 8: Cincinnati is expelled from the NL, due in part to its refusal to stop renting out their ballpark on Sundays and to cease selling beer during games
  • The American Association was formed

     The American Association was formed
    Nov. 2: The American Association is formed during a meeting at the Gibson Hotel in Cincinnati. The Reds would play their next eight seasons in the league
  • The First Opening Day

    April 17: The first Opening Day "festivities" are seen in Cincinnati. Ballpark decorations and a pre-game concert by the Cincinnati Orchestra greet fans before the opener
  • Cincinnati Gets Re-admission to the NL

    Nov. 14: Cincinnati is granted re-admission to the NL, joining Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
  • The First Opening Day Parade

    April 22: The first Opening Day parade is organized by new team owner John T. Brush. The parade consists of Webber's military band and two large horse-drawn wagons, called Tallyho's, which were occupied by the Reds and their opponents, the Cleveland Spiders.
  • Cy Seymour Wins the NL Batting Title

    Cy Seymour Wins the NL Batting Title
    Oct. 3: Cy Seymour wins the NL batting title and sets the club record with a .377 batting average for the season
  • Redland Field(later known as Crosley Field) Debut

    Redland Field(later known as Crosley Field) Debut
    April 11: Redland Field (later known as Crosley Field) hosts its first game as the Reds beat Chicago, 10-6. The official dedication of the ballpark comes the following month on May 18.
  • First World Series Title

    First World Series Title
    Oct. 9: Cincinnati claims its very first World Series Championship in Game 8 of the bestof- nine series against the Chicago White Sox. On Sept. 24, 1920, the title is tarnished as several members of the White Sox are suspended for allegedly "throwing" the Series. Cincinnati insists the club would have won anyway.
  • Rename Redland Field to Crosley Field

    April 16: The Cincinnati Reds board of directors rename Redland Field "Crosley Field" in honor of new team owner Powel Crosley Jr. Crosley, a radio tycoon, bought the team earlier in the year on Feb. 4, assuring that the team, which had been hit hard by the Depression, would stay in Cincinnati.
  • Were the First Team in MLB to Travel by Way of Airplane

    June 8: The Reds become the first team in Major League history to use an airplane to travel from one city to another (Cincinnati to Chicago).
  • First Night Game in MLB history

    May 24: The first night game in Major League history is played at Crosley Field. The Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, before 20,422 fans
  • Crosley Field Gets Flooded

    Jan. 27: Crosley Field's playing surface is submerged under 21 feet of water due to local creek flooding. Reds pitcher Lee Grissom and groundskeeper Matty Schwab are photographed in a rowboat crossing the playing surface.
  • Cincinnati Hosts the Sixth Annual All-Star Game

    Cincinnati Hosts the Sixth Annual All-Star Game
    July 6: Crosley Field plays host to the sixth annual All-Star Game. Ernie Lombardi, Paul Derringer, Ival Goodman, Frank McCormick and Johnny Vander Meer represent the Reds on the NL squad. Vander Meer tosses three scoreless innings as the NL wins, 4-1.
  • The Reds Win Their Fist NL Pennant in 20 Years

    Sept. 28: The Reds clinch their first NL pennant in 20 years with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals at Crosley Field. The AL Champion Yankees would eventually sweep Cincinnati in the World Series
  • Reds Catcher Willard Hershberger Commits Suicide

    Reds Catcher Willard Hershberger Commits Suicide
    Aug. 3: Reds catcher Willard Hershberger commits suicide midseason and becomes the first big leaguer ever to take his own life during the season
  • The Reds Win the World Championship

    Oct. 8: After winning their second NL pennant in a row, Cincinnati grabs the World Championship, defeating the Tigers, 2-1, in Game 7 of the World Series.
  • Joe Nuxhall Becomes the Youngest Player in the 20th Century to Appear in a Major League Game

    Joe Nuxhall Becomes the Youngest Player in the 20th Century to Appear in a Major League Game
    June 10: Pitcher Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest player in the 20th century to appear in a Major League game. Nuxhall - at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days - yields five runs and retires just two batters in two-thirds of an inning. Nuxhall wouldn't pitch again in the majors until 1952.
  • Ewell Blackwell Sets the NL Record for His 16th Consecutive Win

    Ewell Blackwell Sets the NL Record for His 16th Consecutive Win
    July 25: Ewell Blackwell sets the NL record for right-handers and a club record by winning his 16th consecutive start
  • Walker Cooper Sets a Club Record by Collecting 10 RBI in a Game

    Walker Cooper Sets a Club Record by Collecting 10 RBI in a Game
    July 6: The Reds' Walker Cooper sets a club record by collecting 10 RBI in a game vs. the Chicago Cubs
  • Crosley Feild Plays Host to the All-Star Game

    Crosley Feild Plays Host to the All-Star Game
    July 14: Crosley Field plays host to the All-Star Game. A crowd of 30,846 watch as the NL defeats the AL, 5-1. Gus Bell and Ted Kluszewski represent Cincinnati.
  • Reds Hit Eight Homers in One Game

    Aug. 18: The Reds set a team record (since broken) by hitting eight homers in one game while victimizing the Milwaukee Braves, 13-4. For the season, Cincinnati would clout 221 homers and tie the NL record.
  • Cincinnati Fans Stuff Ballot Box and Vote Eight Starters Onto All-Star Team

    July 1: After Cincinnati fans stuff the ballot box and vote eight starters onto the All- Star team, the NL intervenes and pulls three Reds players from the starting lineup. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial replace George Crowe, Wally Post and Gus Bell as starters.
  • Manager Fred Hutchinson, the Reds Clinch the National League Pennant

    Sept. 26: Under Manager Fred Hutchinson, the Reds clinch the National League pennant. The Reds would eventually lose the World Series to the Yankees in Game Five.
  • The Reds Lose to San Francisco Giants in 21 Innings

    Sept. 1: The Reds partake in the longest game in club history and lose to the San Francisco Giants, 1-0, in 21 innings.
  • The Final of 4,453 Regualr-Season NL Games is Played at Crosley Field

    The Final of 4,453 Regualr-Season NL Games is Played at Crosley Field
    June 24: The final of 4,453 regular-season NL games is played at Crosley Field. The Reds beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.
  • Riverfront Stadium Opens

    Riverfront Stadium Opens
    June 30: Riverfront Stadium opens as 51,050 fans attend to see the Reds host the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta wins, 8-2, as Hank Aaron hits the stadium's first home run
  • Riverfront Hosts All-Star Game

    Riverfront Hosts All-Star Game
    July 14: Just two weeks after its opening, Riverfront Stadium hosts the All-Star Game. The NL scores a dramatic 5-4 victory in 12 innings as Pete Rose crashes into AL catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run on Jim Hickman's RBI single. Rose was joined in the Midsummer Classic by teammates Johnny Bench, Jim Merritt, Tony Perez and Wayne Simpson.
  • The Reds Win the NLCS and Win Their First Pennant Since 1961

    The Reds Win the NLCS and Win Their First Pennant Since 1961
    Oct. 5: The Reds edge Pittsburgh, 3-2, to complete a three-game sweep of the Pirates in the NLCS and win their first league pennant since 1961. The Reds would eventually lose the World Series to Baltimore in Game 5
  • The Reds Win Their Second Straight NLCS

    The Reds Win Their Second Straight NLCS
    Oct. 11: The Reds score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Pirates, 4-3, in the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS. Johnny Bench ties the game with a homer off Dave Giusti. George Foster scores the winning run on Bob Moose's wild pitch. Eleven day later, the Reds drop Game 7 of the World Series to the Oakland A's.
  • The Reds Finish the Season with 108 Regular Season Wins

    Sept. 28: The Reds finish the season with a 64-17 record at Riverfront Stadium and a club record 108 regular season wins. It's the most victories recorded by the Reds at home in the modern era
  • The Reds Win Their First World Series Tiltle in 35 Years

    The Reds Win Their First World Series Tiltle in 35 Years
    Oct. 22: The Reds win their first World Series title in 35 years with a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 7. The Series proves to be one of the most exciting in baseball history and features five one-run games, five come-frombehind victories and Carlton Fisk's legendary 12th-inning home run in Game 6 to tie the series, 3-3. Series MVP Pete Rose (10-for-27, .370) helps the Reds to come from behind in every one of their victories.
  • The Big Red Machine Wins Their Second Straight World Series

    The Big Red Machine Wins Their Second Straight World Series
    Oct 21: Cincinnati's Big Red Machine wins its second straight World Series title. The Reds sweep both the Phillies and Yankees in postseason play.