Making the Big Red Machine: Bob Howsam and the Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s

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With a line-up that included future Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose, Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" powered its way in the 1970s to six division titles, four pennants, and two World Series. Three other times in that decade they finished second in their division to the eventual pennant winner.

While much has been written about the players and manager Sparky Anderson, no book until now has given adequate attention to the man behind the Machine, ...

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Overview

With a line-up that included future Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose, Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" powered its way in the 1970s to six division titles, four pennants, and two World Series. Three other times in that decade they finished second in their division to the eventual pennant winner.

While much has been written about the players and manager Sparky Anderson, no book until now has given adequate attention to the man behind the Machine, general manager Bob Howsam. From his hire in 1967 through the end of his first stint with the Reds in 1978, Howsam brought about a remarkable change in fortune for the Reds, who had claimed only one pennant in the 26 years before his arrival. This detailed history of baseball's last dynasty shows not only how the team performed but why, delving into the off-field strategy and moves behind the Reds' success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439805
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 781,826
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daryl Smith, a life-long Reds fan, who attended the first game at Riverfront Stadium and World Series games in 1970, 1972, and 1975. He is director of the Organizational Leadership program at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Lee May 1

Preface 3

Introduction 5

1 A New Beginning 11

2 Entering the Big Time 23

3 The New Era Begins: January-April 1967 35

4 More Talent, Little Improvement: 1967-1969 46

5 A New Captain: October 1969 55

6 The Big Red Machine: April-September 1970 67

7 The First Series: October 1970 77

8 The Dismal Year: 1971 91

9 The Trade: December 1971 108

10 Rolling Again: April-September 1972 116

11 A second Series: October 1972 126

12 Adversity: November 1972-August 1973 148

13 Trying Again: August 1973-October 1973 160

14 The NL West: October 1973-September 1974 170

15 The Missing Piece: October 1974-September 1975 184

16 The Greatest Series Ever Played: October 1975 196

17 The Greatest Game Ever Played: October 1975 205

18 A Machine in Motion: December 1975-October 1976 219

19 Complete and Total Domination: October 1976 239

20 Two Trades, One Year: December 1976-September 1977 252

21 Time to Move On: December 1977-February 1978 267

22 A New Sheriff in Town: March 1978-September 1978 275

23 The Machine Stops Running: Fall 1978-October 1979 287

Epilogue 304

Appendix-Where Are They Now? 319

Chapter Notes 333

Bibliography 339

Index 341

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