Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The current franchise started play as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, playing exhibition games in 1881 and then, in 1882, becoming a charter member of the American Association. (The A.A. was a 19th-century major baseball league.) The team has been based in Cincinnati for its entire history. [1] [2] [3]

Sources tie the "ancestry" of the current franchise to 1869 with the creation of the first-ever professional baseball team, also called the Cincinnati Red Stockings but considered to be a separate franchise. In 1876, as the Cincinnati Reds, this franchise became a charter member of the National League, where they played through the 1879 season. [4] In 1880, another Cincinnati team, the Stars, played a single season in the National League. [5]


The team has had a total of 5 championship-winning seasons since the beginning of major-league baseball's modern World Series in 1903, winning the World Series in the following years. [6]

  • 1990
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1940
  • 1919

They were also National League champions, but lost in the World Series, 4 times, in the following years.

  • 1972
  • 1970
  • 1961
  • 1939

Prior to the start of the modern World Series, the team did not win any National League titles. They won one American Association title, in 1882. [7] This occurred prior to the start of the 19th-century version of the World Series in which the National League and American Association pennant-winners played each other. [8]

Retired Numbers

The following uniform numbers are retired in that players, managers, and coaches of the team will no longer use them. For non-players, the person's role in the organization is also listed. [9] [10]

  • (No number) Marty Brennaman (broadcaster)
  • (No number) Waite Hoyt (broadcaster)
  • (No number) Joe Nuxhall (broadcaster)
  • 1 Fred Hutchinson (manager)
  • 5 Johnny Bench
  • 8 Joe Morgan
  • 10 Sparky Anderson (manager)
  • 11 Barry Larkin
  • 13 Dave Concepcion
  • 14 Pete Rose
  • 18 Ted Kluszewski
  • 20 Frank Robinson
  • 24 Tony Perez
  • 42 Jackie Robinson (retired across major league baseball)