Originally Posted by Chip R
Also, during the BRM era, the Reds were very good at marketing their product. It helped that they were one of the best teams in baseball but when you have a good product, marketing it is much better than not marketing it. I would guess the Reds got a cut of most if not all that merchandise. I think we know that after that era and up until about a few years ago, the Reds were not very good at marketing their product for whatever reasons.
I don't know what happened before the BRM, I was too young, but I remember that the Reds were great at marketing the team.
When I was five, 1971, after the 1970 World Series appearance, we went to Rikes downtown to buy me a new pair of Keds shoes. With each pair of Kids Keds, you got a free Reds T-shirt, and you got to pick which player's name and number to have on the back of it. I picked Bench, since I was five and that was the number on the back. He's been my favorite player ever since.
I also remember in 1976, after the 75 World Series win, we went to Elders where Rose, Morgan and Perez were signing for free if you bought a Reds World Series T-shirt. That was the coolest moment of my then young life, meeting actual Reds players, especially three of the best ones.
I remember being very disappointed that after the 1990 World Series win, the team didn't have promotions like those.