The Cincinnati Reds of 1975-1976 are considered one of the greatest teams of all-time. Their lineup for those two years consisted of catcher Johnny Bench, first basemen Tony Perez, second basemen Joe Morgan, shortstop Dave Concepcion, third basemen Pete Rose, right fielder Ken Griffey, center fielder Cesar Geronimo, and left fielder George Foster.
Bench, Morgan, and Perez are in the hall of fame. Rose would be had he not been banned from baseball for gambling.
In 1975, the Big Red Machine won 108 games. At one point the team won 41 out of 50 games. They also went a month without committing an error.
In the postseason, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates and then defeated the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic seven game World Series. Game 6 of that series featured Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning. For some reason, the replay of that home run has become one of the most popular highlights in all of sports. However, Fisk’s extra-inning heroics were in vain. The Reds won Game 7 and the series thanks to Morgan’s game winning RBI single in the top of the ninth.
The next season the Reds, with the same lineup, raced through the regular season and the playoffs. They defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 in the Fall Classic to become the only MLB team to have an undefeated postseason (no team has done that since baseball instituted the playoffs).
For the entire decade of the 70’s the Reds were six-time NL West ... Read more