In 1968, Johnny Bench was a 20-year-old rookie embarking on his first full Major League season with the Cincinnati Reds. He was also the Reds starting catcher, an All-Star, and the National League Rookie of the Year. And he was one other thing as well: the foundation for one of the greatest teams ever assembled in Major League history-the Big Red Machine.
Bench's Major League journey lasted 17 seasons-all in Cincinnati-and earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the game's greatest legends. But when talking about the legendary Reds teams of the 1970s, it was Bench who said, "The Big Red Machine teams will never be forgotten ... They'll be remembered because of the professionals they had, the character they had, the skill they had. Those teams were a symbol of what baseball really should be."
The professionals included Tony Perez and Pete Rose, who were already on the club when Bench burst on the scene in 1968, and then one by one the rest of the pieces fell into place: manager Sparky Anderson (1970), followed by Dave Concepcion and George Foster (1971), Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo (1972), and Ken Griffey (1973).
In 1975, with all the pieces firmly in place, the Reds were World Champions.
In 1976, the Reds defended their title and became a dynasty.
This is a book of history and trivia that covers all eras of Reds baseball-but it is also a tribute to the legacy of Sparky Anderson and the professionals who made up the Big Red Machine.
Think you know everything about Reds baseball? Think again.
With ten chapters and 200 brand new trivia questions to challenge fans of all ages and skill levels, it's time to find out how smart you really are about the Cincinnati Reds. Each chapter profiles a member of the Big Red Machine and then offers 20 brand new exciting and challenging trivia questions.
And we're keeping score ... so test your skills, wrack your brain, and get ready for the ultimate Cincinnati Reds IQ test!
|Publisher:||Black Mesa Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
Joe Soriano is a prolific sports blogger and you can find him pontificating daily on everything sports-related at prosportswrap.com. He's also the author of a soon-to-be-published book on underrated football players.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The biographies at the beginning of each chapter are wonderful for any Reds fan who grew up during the period of the Big Red Machine. The questions are challneging, but fair. The book is an easy, quick read. Recommended for any Reds fan.