Tagged: Cincinnati

The Wire to Wire Reds


Some teams are able to creates dynasties, while others find the formula to success only once.  The same amount of effort is put in by both teams, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out as planned.  It is probably harder to repeat as Champions then to win the first one, just due to the overwhelming demands.  Demands on time, personal appearances, team obligations, media interviews and the list goes on, because everyone wants a piece of the Champions.  The 1990 Cincinnati Reds were one of those one and done teams. 1990 was a lightning in a bottle year for them and I have found a book that chronicles the whole season.

download (8)

By:John Erardi & Joel Luckhaupt-2010 Clerisy Press

The 1990 Reds seem to be one of those team that gets lost in the shuffle.  They led the league from the season opener to the final day.  At the time, they became one of only three teams in the history of baseball at that time to do that.  Then, they went on to sweep the heavily favored Oakland A’s in the World Series.  It truly was a magical year for the Reds.

Erardi and Luckhaupt have written a book that takes a look at all the exciting moments in the 1990 Reds season.  It shows all the highlights of the season that came their way, and how the team persevered a grueling baseball season to stay on top from beginning to end.  The authors also take a look at all the personalities that made the Reds so special.   Being led off the field by Sweet Lou Piniella, and on the field by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, the Reds but something special together.  Players like the Nasty Boys, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo and off field personalities like Marge Schott, gave this team a personality that the fans of Cincinnati fell in love with.

It seems to me that some of the World Champion Reds teams fall through the cracks of history.  They never seem to get the recognition they deserve.  I think it has happened a few times with the prior Reds championship teams.  Perhaps it is their location in Cincinnati that allows them to be forgotten, I am not really sure.

Baseball fans should enjoy this book.  It gives a nice review of the entire 1990 season for the Reds.  I have a feeling at the time most of us were not necessarily paying attention to what the Reds were doing, so you can take a look at what we all missed.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Clerisy Press

https://www.clerisypress.com/product.php?productid=16947

Happy Reading

Gregg

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Highlights


Certain places around Major League Baseball have been around since the birth of the league.  Due to that fact, the history of those particular cities is deep.  Thousands of people have been a part of the ran and file of that team, and helped create some amazing memories for their fans.  The Cincinnati Reds have pretty much been around since day one, and contributed some defining moments to the game of baseball. Today’s book takes a look at some of those incredible moments in Reds team history.

ARHOF

By:Greg Rhodes – Clerisy Press 2007

When you have been in existence since 1869, where do you even start to define your greatest moments?  Just by the sheer number of years you have been around you have more possible moments than everybody else.  When you think about it the Cincinnati Reds have been around since almost the end of the Civil War.  They are approaching 150 years in the league and are still on a daily basis making memories.

Greg Rhodes has compiled a book that was a monumental undertaking in my opinion.  There are so many great moments over that near century and a half, that it has to be hard to narrow it down to just one book.  The author breaks the book down into twenty year chapters.  The initial chapter of the book covers the early years, 1866-1879 and then works in twenty year increments after that.  Every section covers the who, what, when and why questions that have arisen in Reds history.  It reviews the personalities that have graced the Reds, as well as major achievements on the field on both an individual and team level.  It gives a good perspective of what the Reds have accomplished throughout their history.

If you are not Cincinnati Reds fan, or from that area, this book gives a good look at team history and player accomplishments.  Many team books out on the market focus on one genre, and let some events or people fall through the cracks.  This books make sure that the people and events that helped shape the team are not forgotten.  You see names like Bucky Walters, Hugh Kritz and Clyde Shoun.  While not Hall of Famers outside of Cincinnati, they have made big contributions to the team’s legacy.  This book gives them their due and makes sure they don’t get lost in the passage of time.

I think books like these are important to fans.  They are a nicely presented history lesson for the reader, and it makes sure that the people who contributed to the teams history are never forgotten.  For other fans it may prove the Reds actually did exist before the birth of the Big Red Machine.

All fans that enjoy reading about history should read this book.  It is very thorough in its team history from the beginning of the team, to its published date of 2007.  It is presented so well, you won’t even realize you are learning something.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Clerisy Press

https://www.clerisypress.com/product.php?productid=16431

Happy Reading

Gregg

Before the Machine – The Story of the 1961 Reds


Being New Years Day, one tends to look back at the past.  Sometimes it is the past year one reflects on, and for others you may want to reflect back on something over 50 years ago.  In baseball history we have many seasons we get the chance to reflect on and honestly, I think that there are so many it makes it hard to choose.  Todays book takes a look at one of those spectacular seasons for a team that is almost forgotten due to the success of their team in subsequent years.

areds

Before the Machine-The Story of the 1961 Pennant-Winning Cincinnati Reds

By:Mark Schmetzer – 2011 Clerisy Press

The 1961 Reds on paper looked to be nothing spectacular.  A mix of aging veterans and young up and comers were not expected to make any real noise on the field.  Playing in an antiquated ball park and dealing with the death of their owner just days before the start of the season, things were not looking great for the team.  But little did the fans of Cincinnati and the world of baseball know, this was going to be their year.

Mark Schmetzer takes readers on a journey through that great 1961 season.  You see it from beginning to end, starting with the off-season and spring training,  you see the pieces assembled that made up this team.  Players that were brought in to fill holes became vital pieces in the success on the field.  The book also takes you through each month of the season, showing the highs and lows of a grueling seven month season.  Player injuries, slumps, and hot streaks are all contained in the book. It gives you a great look at team struggles and chemistry, that add up to make a successful team.  There are tons of never before seen pictures in this book that add to the feeling that you are witnessing this team at a level higher than just a book.   You also get to re-live the disappointment of the 1961 World Series at the hands of the New York Yankees.  While it may not be a great event that their fans want to re-live, it gives a very comprehensive account of events on the field.

I often have felt this team gets overlooked in the annals of history.  Primarily because of the multi-year success of the Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine.  When people think of the Reds success they automatically gravitate towards the teams of the Big Red Machine.  Perhaps because it was their first year of success in such a long period of time, but it does seem that sometimes they just are plain old forgotten.  The author has done a great job of making sure this team never gets forgotten.

All fans should enjoy this book.  It does a nice job of covering the history of the team and that magical season in Cincinnati. Also, books like this are important because they make sure certain teams and pieces of history, do not fall through the cracks of time.  It makes sure these teams are remembered for all future generations of fans to appreciate and enjoy.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Clerisy Press

https://www.clerisypress.com/product.php?productid=17003

Happy Reading

Gregg

Crosley Field – The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark


Baseball history is all about the people, places and things.  People make the history, the places add to the charm of the moment and the things, well………things happen!  As fans, sometime we get the feeling we were born too late.  We can find an era of baseball that really appeals to our inner fan.  For some lucky fans their moment is in the present and for others it can be 100 years before they were born.  Today’s book gives those fans the opportunity to live in those moments that they missed.

acros

Cincinnati’s Crosley Field – The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark

By:Greg Rhodes & John Erardi-2009 Clerisy Press

When you are a fan of a particular team, the stadium almost becomes part of the game.  From their unique dimensions, the sights, sounds and smells contained within to the time spent bonding with the stadium it almost becomes an old friend.  These parks both new and old, have personalities all their own.

Authors Rhodes and Erardi have taken us back in time to visit with an old friend.  Crosley Field was the home of the Cincinnati Reds for over 50 years.  It was the site of some great moments in Reds baseball and of baseball history in general.  They have created more than just a picture book of Crosley field.  They have actually captured the personality and written the detailed story of a member of the Cincinnati family.

You not only get all the nuances that made Crosley Field a great place to go see a baseball game,  you get so much more.  You get stories about the fans that visited, the growth of the game and how it pertained to the stadium and how Crosley fit into the growing populace of the city.  The character of the stadium and physical changes within are captured in this book as well.  This is really a comprehensive history that brings the old girl back to life.

If you are a fan that has lost your old stadium due to the influx of new baseball palaces over the last 20 years, you should appreciate this book.  The Reds may bot be your hometown team but we can all relate to losing the place we called home.  I know as a Phillies fan, Veterans Stadium was my home away from home growing up.  Quite honestly, it was a giant crap-hole……but it was our crap-hole.  It has been reduced to rubble and is now a parking lot for the glorious new Citizens Bank Park.  But when I think of some of my favorite memories with my Dad growing up, that old crap-hole comes back to life and will forever be a part of my life.  This book has the same effect.  If you were ever at a game there it will bring back great memories.  If you were never there than this will paint a great picture of what the place was all about.  Sometimes you can go home again……even if home is no longer there.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Clericy Press

https://www.clerisypress.com/product.php?productid=16869

Happy Reading

Gregg