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texasdave
08-19-2010, 03:39 AM
Being in contention and having a loaded farm system this season, got me to thinking that this seemed to be a yearly occurrence for me growing up. It seemed as if the Reds always had a good team and help down on the farm. I went back and looked at the Franchise Index and had no idea exactly how good the team was back then. I was 7 years old when the Reds went to the World Series in 1961. From 1961-1981, a span of 21 years, Cincinnati had exactly two losing seasons. They went to the World Series five times, winning it twice. They had two other playoff seasons and were denied the playoffs in 1981 in spite of having the best record in baseball. They were a cumulative 1901-1427 during that span, 474 games over .500. Their winning percentage was .571. That winning percentage in a 162-game season works out to 92.5 wins per year. In other words, winning 92.5 games would have been just an 'average' year for them. You would have seen the following players during that era - including but not limited to - Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, George Foster, Vada Pinson, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Chico Cardenas, Dan Driessen, Lee May, Ken Griffey, Sr.,
Wally Post, Gus Bell, Johnny Edwards, Gordy Coleman, Jim Maloney, Gary Nolan, Don Gullett, Tom Seaver, Wayne Simpson, Jack Billingham, Joey Jay, Bob Purkey, Jim O'Toole, Ted Abernathy, Wayne Granger, Clay Carroll, Pedro Borbon, Tom Hume, Mario Soto, and a host of others.

May a Second Golden Age of Cincinnati baseball be on the way and may it last as long as the First. It has been a dark decade. Reds' fans deserve a break. :beerme:

Yearly Record from 1961-1981:


YEAR WON LOST PCT.
1981 66 42 0.611
1980 89 73 0.549
1979 90 71 0.559
1978 92 69 0.571
1977 88 74 0.543
1976 102 60 0.630
1975 108 54 0.667
1974 98 64 0.605
1973 99 63 0.611
1972 95 59 0.617
1971 79 83 0.488
1970 102 60 0.630
1969 89 73 0.549
1968 83 79 0.512
1967 87 75 0.537
1966 76 84 0.475
1965 89 73 0.549
1964 92 70 0.568
1963 86 76 0.531
1962 98 64 0.605
1961 93 61 0.604

TOTAL 1901 1427 0.571

scott91575
08-19-2010, 03:44 AM
In your day the Reds farm system was considered second to none. It was the benchmark for other teams to follow. Sadly new management led to less attention to the farm system that continued for a long time. Not until recently has that changed, and we have seen the benefits.

Of course the negative is the Reds can no longer keep those players for most if not all of their career. Free agency in the 70's and the growth of revenue in large markets in the 80's to now has changed that.