I loved the post. I was particularly surprised by the section on Christy Mathewson. If someone was going to name a significant Reds manager for that era, I would have assumed it would be Pat Moran, who was the manager in 1919 when the Reds defeated the Black Sox in the World Series. I didn't realize that Matty played that big a role in building the 1919 Reds, who remained a very good club for several years after 1919.
The other two great eras for the Reds, 1938-42 and 1970-78, came with a complete package of leadership. WOY rightly focused on the contributions of Crosley as owner in 1934-42 and Howsam as GM in 1967-78. However he also mentioned Larry McPhail who helped build the 1939-40 champs and Bill McKechnie as Reds manager had much to do with the Reds becoming winners. Similarly, ownership didn't get in Howsam's way as GM, and the Howsam built Reds didn't win a title until Howsam hired Sparky Anderson as manager.
Unfotunately, the current Reds have no Mathewson, no Crosley, no Howsam; they have no McPhail or McKechnie or Anderson either.
Just a terrific post by WOY.