The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds
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The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds

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by Joe Posnanski
     
 

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From 1972 to 1976, the Cincinnati Reds—the franchise known as the Big Red Machine—dominated the National League, winning four division crowns, three league pennants, and two World Series titles. But their 1975 season was the stuff of sports legend.

In The Machine, award-winning sports writer Joe Posnanski captures all of the passion and

Overview

From 1972 to 1976, the Cincinnati Reds—the franchise known as the Big Red Machine—dominated the National League, winning four division crowns, three league pennants, and two World Series titles. But their 1975 season was the stuff of sports legend.

In The Machine, award-winning sports writer Joe Posnanski captures all of the passion and tension, drama and glory of a baseball team considered to be one of the best ever to take the field. Featuring a who's who of stars—including Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion, and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson—The Machine brings to vivid life all the hopes and excitement, fireworks and controversy of a remarkable team's extraordinary year in a rollicking thrill-ride of a real-sports story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061582554
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
374,809
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

A senior writer at Sports Illustrated, Joe Posnanski has twice been named the Best Sports Columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work at the Kansas City Star. He is the author of The Good Stuff and The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America, which won the prestigious Casey Award for best baseball book of 2007. His work has also been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing, and he lives with his family in Kansas City, Missouri.

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BigBadWolfe More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. I was 7 yrs old when the Reds won the 75 Series. I remember my parents yanking me out of bed in the 9th inning so I could see the final outs and watching them jump up & down with excitement. I was hoping to relive some of those same emotions while reading this book, but it fell significantly short. I liked the interviews with some players, and the insight within the clubhouse. I was surprised at how Griff felt like an "outsider" to the group, but I had come to understand the Big 4 "owned" the clubhouse. Its no different than any other clubhouse with any sport at any time...some personalities dominate while others just blend in. I guess I was expecting more from player interviews, coaches interviews, opposing player interviews....just more of everything. Even more, the book recites repeatedly how 75 W.S. was the greatest ever played. If so, I would expect more content on the Series...Red Sox interviews, Marty, more opposing player interviews, tv broadcaster/MLB resource interviews. Honestly, I don't remember word one about Joe Nuxhall in the book...and we all know his impact on the Reds as a player, but he was the other "voice" of the Reds during this historic period. I could've gone without the over-played rants of Pete Rose at the end. I'm the biggest fan in the world of his play/attitude/pitbull mentality between the lines. But agree or disagree with MLB's standing on him, he dug his own grave. If the author would have kept Pete on topic with his thoughts on the Series and on the team emotional roller-coaster during the playoffs, I would've appreciated it more. One person's opinion on this book, but I could easily see adding 150 pages to the effort and diving much deeper into what I've mentioned above. I just expected more......
Bog More than 1 year ago
What a great retrospective. Having grown up in Cincinnati with the Big Red Machine, this was certainly a worthwhile trip down memory lane. Joe Posnanski, however, provided much more insights into the team I thought I knew, and now know much better. Whether you are a fan of the Reds or a baseball fan in general, this is a great read into what motivited this team. Widely regarded as the best team on the field at the time, they knew they couldn't truly claim that until they won a championship. This book details the frustrations, the nuances, the personalities and the sheer will to be the best. Their legendary status is testament to what they accomplished in 1975 and again in 1976.
jstric More than 1 year ago
Joe Posnanski captures the essance of the 75 Big Red Machine. I found myself sharing many of the stories told in the book to my close friends. Posnanski gives a great look at not only the superstars (Rose, Bench, Morgan and Perez)but the other players that made this team one of the all time greats. Great care is taken to give each player there just do and many intimate details are shared. Outstanding read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my personal favorite time in baseball. I was ten years old and these guys were bigger than life. this book brought back a lot of memories and filled in a lot of details i didn't know. Even if you weren't ten at the time i think the book holds a lot of interest. It captures a time in sports right before free agency and money took over, for better and worse. You get a great look into culture and society at the time. Posnanski has a tremendous ability to tell a story. thru his research and narrative you feel like you are right there for it all. I'm a big fan of his blog and sports illustrated column as well.
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tjs83 More than 1 year ago
Posnanski writes in a very conversational manner, although there are some parts that are too conversational. It reads just like a novel with great insights into the Cincinnati Reds.
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