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The First Place Cincinnati Reds

Updated on October 22, 2013

The First Professional Baseball Team

Well, it's 2013 and the Cincinnati Reds are getting ready for the new season.

However, this website will remain long after this year so even if they are not first in the standings, they will always be first in my mind and memories.

When I was young, the Cincinnati Reds were always my favorite team. They have been the favorites of others, long before I was born. In fact, they were the very first professional baseball team in 1869.

They have moved to many different locations over the years but I remember them best at Riverfront Stadium.

This is a mini-journey of my connection with the Cincinnati Reds, told from my own perspective and some recent photos. I hope you enjoy it!

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Panorama of Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio
Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Reds Logo
Cincinnati Reds Logo

The First Team in Baseball and First Team in My Life

Being the First Team in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds were always the first team to start the season with a home game. This occurred every year until a few years ago.

Growing up, the Cincinnati Reds were rarely on television and most of the games were heard on the Cincinnati AM radio station, WLW, which still broadcasts games to this day.

Rare treats of seeing games on television usually only occurred during the playoffs and during special occasions. Occasionally, they were seen on Saturday baseball.

To actually see them, you needed to go to the games. I went to many games as a child and remember the beginning season at Riverfront Stadium in 1970. Some of the greats of the day are shown below but the best part was to experience the game.

Smoking was allowed in the stadium back then and you could always smell the cigars in the stands. On one occasion, we didn't smell any cigars so we bought some and lit them under our seats so we could smell them.

The Cincinnati Reds have won several World Series championships. The biggest in my memory were from 1975 and 1976, 2 consecutive years of the Big Red Machine. In my opinion, no other team before or since was filled with the most talented players in baseball like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Tony Perez and several others. They again won the World Series in 1990 and I remember listening the games while I was in Operation Desert Storm.

Since moving to Arizona, I have the Reds on MLB-TV and watch about every game. I only get to see them in person if I travel to Cincinnati or if they play here in Arizona vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The photos below are from a game that I went to in Late August of 2012 at Chase Field in Arizona.

Please take your time and browse the site, participate and let me know what you think!

Thanks for visiting.

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The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings - First Professional Baseball Team

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings

Me on Television! Checking out the Game at Home that I Recorded - Look for the big red arrow pointed to the Reds cap - I watched this later that night.

Me on Television!  Checking out the Game at Home that I Recorded
Me on Television! Checking out the Game at Home that I Recorded

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier

Cincinnati Reds Fields and Stadiums - All images from Creative Commons

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Union Grounds - 1869-1870League Park - 1884-1901Palace of the Fans - 1902-1911Crosley Field - 1912-1970 - First night game in 1935 in Major League Baseball was played here.Riverfront Stadium - 1970-2002Great American Ballpark - 2003-PresentAvenue Grounds  - 1876-1879 (Only known depiction)
Union Grounds - 1869-1870
Union Grounds - 1869-1870
League Park - 1884-1901
League Park - 1884-1901
Palace of the Fans - 1902-1911
Palace of the Fans - 1902-1911
Crosley Field - 1912-1970 - First night game in 1935 in Major League Baseball was played here.
Crosley Field - 1912-1970 - First night game in 1935 in Major League Baseball was played here.
Riverfront Stadium - 1970-2002
Riverfront Stadium - 1970-2002
Great American Ballpark - 2003-Present
Great American Ballpark - 2003-Present
Avenue Grounds  - 1876-1879 (Only known depiction)
Avenue Grounds - 1876-1879 (Only known depiction)

Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart & Drew Stubbs

Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart & Drew Stubbs
Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart & Drew Stubbs

MLB Cincinnati Reds Heritage Banner

Billy Hatcher Going Over Rules of the Game

Billy Hatcher going over rules of the game
Billy Hatcher going over rules of the game

D-Baxter the Arizona Mascot

Baxter the Arizona Mascot
Baxter the Arizona Mascot

Famous Cincinnati Reds Players - All Photos from Creative Commons

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Pete RoseFrank RobinsonJoe MorganJohnny BenchJohnny Vander MeerSparky AngersonTed KluszewskiTony Perez
Pete Rose
Pete Rose
Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan
Johnny Bench
Johnny Bench
Johnny Vander Meer
Johnny Vander Meer
Sparky Angerson
Sparky Angerson
Ted Kluszewski
Ted Kluszewski
Tony Perez
Tony Perez

Brandon Phillips at Bat

Brandon Phillips Action Shot
Brandon Phillips Action Shot

Cincinnati Reds IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom (History & Trivia)

MLB Cincinnati Reds Authentic On Field Alternate 59FIFTY Cap

Jay Bruce Reaches First

Jay Bruce Reaches First
Jay Bruce Reaches First

Dusty Baker Managing the Game

Dusty Baker Managing the Game
Dusty Baker Managing the Game

Johnny Cueto Talking to the Fans

Johnny Cueto Talking to the Fans
Johnny Cueto Talking to the Fans

Cincinnati Reds Mascots - All images from Creative Commons

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Mr. RedMr. RedlegsRosie RedGapper
Mr. Red
Mr. Red
Mr. Redlegs
Mr. Redlegs
Rosie Red
Rosie Red
Gapper
Gapper

The Cincinnati Reds Mascots do the Chicken Dance

Brandon Phillips Makes a Play

Brandon Phillips Makes a Play
Brandon Phillips Makes a Play

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ericsdorsey: Thank you for visiting. A huge year ahead for our Reds and I will be on MLB watching about every game!

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      GREAT LENS! I am a huge Reds fan! If I were a Squid Angel I would bless this lens. Thanks for beating me to the punch and posting this.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @captainj88: Yes, that is a good rivalry. Brings back memories of Willie Stargell and Pete Rose.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fun lens! I enjoy the Pirates-Reds rivalry. Long live the National League!

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      marketingtoolsguy 4 years ago

      At times the bottom fell out of the pitch. So I struck out on several quizzes. Hopefully they don't send me down for my performance. Overall, a masterful pitching performance taking it one day at a time and leaving it all out on the field.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @PNWtravels: Thank you, as always!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great information about the Cincinnati Reds - love your photos and personal experiences.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Dressage Husband: Funny you should say that. I have a friend, ex-coworker who was also a "Football" fan only. We started going to baseball games together and now he loves it. It is a very strategic game. In turn, we would go the the British pub here in Phoenix and watch his favorite team, Nottingham, play also. I also started enjoying football a lot! Thank you for the visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks for the compliment. I think the Cardinals are going to make the playoffs, though. Remember last year? They came out of nowhere.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks for the compliment. I use a Sony Cybershot. After buying this, I don't see myself ever owning anything else. Thank you for the compliment and the visit!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very much enjoyed your page. particularly your pictures are amazing.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Good luck to your Cincinnati Reds as they make the run for the Pennant in 2012 -- even if they ARE 8.5 games ahead of my St. Louis Cardinals right now! :( But I like the Reds too -- actually, I just like baseball in general. Nice page.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I am not a baseball fan being English, but this seems to be an interesting and informative lens well done!