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    FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Ready to provide more answers? This round is for the history buffs among us.

    We're answering one set of questions at a time. The fourth round of answers will be on the "Reds Operations" category. Post your answers to any or all sections of the question in this thread. I will compile and incorporate them into this first post.

    Feel free to post links to threads if you think they contain particularly good answers or might be difficult to identify as such.

    There must be other good questions to be found in this category, so feel free to submit those, too.

    So far I'm mining the following threads:
    (none yet)

    As far as the form of your answer, you can either go with a "just the facts" format or make a post with full sentences as if someone had asked the question. If you want to disagree with an earlier answer for some reason, that's fine, too.

    Rough Draft of Round 5 Answers:

    Category: Reds History


    Q: Why is Opening Day so important to the Reds?
    A:


    Q: I have a favorite player from a past Reds team and I want to get more information on him. Are there any good sources for this info?
    A:
    http://www.baseballreference.com/

    Q: I want to know the all-time career leaders in some statistical category for the Reds. Where can I find this?
    A:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/te...ders_bat.shtml

    Q: I want to know more about the Reds' previous ballparks. Are there any good web sites with this info?
    A:
    http://www.ballparks.com/
    http://www.foertmeyer.com/examples/crosley.html
    http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...osleyField.htm
    http://www.ebaseballparks.com/crosley.html
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/stadium/st_crosl.shtml

    Q: I want to find out about a trade the Reds made in a previous season. Where can I find historical information on trades?
    A:
    Retrosheet and BaseballReference.com have transactions listed by year, but not minor ones. The Reds Media Guide lists ALL Reds trades.

    Q: Is it true that the Reds are really the oldest franchise in the major leagues?
    A:
    No. They were not in a league for the 1881 season. The oldest continuing franchise is the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves followed by the Chicago Cubs.

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    [Mods: Please un-stickify Round 4 and sticky this post. Thanks!]

    Ready to provide more answers? This round is for the history buffs among us.

    We're answering one set of questions at a time. The fourth round of answers will be on the "Reds Operations" category. Post your answers to any or all sections of the question in this thread. I will compile and incorporate them into this first post.

    Feel free to post links to threads if you think they contain particularly good answers or might be difficult to identify as such.

    There must be other good questions to be found in this category, so feel free to submit those, too.

    So far I'm mining the following threads:
    (none yet)

    As far as the form of your answer, you can either go with a "just the facts" format or make a post with full sentences as if someone had asked the question. If you want to disagree with an earlier answer for some reason, that's fine, too.

    Rough Draft of Round 5 Answers:

    Category: Reds History


    Q: Why is Opening Day so important to the Reds?
    A:


    Q: I have a favorite player from a past Reds team and I want to get more information on him. Are there any good sources for this info?
    A:


    Q: I want to know more about the Reds' previous ballparks. Are there any good web sites with this info?
    A:


    Q: I want to find out about a trade the Reds made in a previous season. Where can I find historical information on trades?
    A:


    Q: Is it true that the Reds are really the oldest franchise in the major leagues?
    A:
    2. www.baseballreference.com

    3. www.ballparks.com

    4. retrosheet and baseballreference.com have transactions listed by year, but not minor ones. The Reds Media Guide lists ALL Reds trades.

    5. No they aren't they were not in a league for the 1881 season. The oldest continuing franchise is Atlanta and The Cubs.

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    Ready to provide more answers? This round is for the history buffs among us.

    We're answering one set of questions at a time. The fourth round of answers will be on the "Reds Operations" category. Post your answers to any or all sections of the question in this thread. I will compile and incorporate them into this first post.

    Feel free to post links to threads if you think they contain particularly good answers or might be difficult to identify as such.

    There must be other good questions to be found in this category, so feel free to submit those, too.

    So far I'm mining the following threads:
    (none yet)

    As far as the form of your answer, you can either go with a "just the facts" format or make a post with full sentences as if someone had asked the question. If you want to disagree with an earlier answer for some reason, that's fine, too.

    Rough Draft of Round 5 Answers:

    Category: Reds History


    [b]Q: I want to know more about the Reds' previous ballparks. Are there any good web sites with this info?
    WOY linked to a great site. Some others people might find enjoyable are

    www.foertmeyer.com/examples/crosley.html

    This guy's site is going through some reconstruction but if it comes back anywhere near as good as it was it will be a great site. Lots of sounds, pictures, etc.

    http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...osleyField.htm
    http://www.ebaseballparks.com/crosley.html
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/stadium/st_crosl.shtml
    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-...24872650873160

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    5. No they aren't they were not in a league for the 1881 season. The oldest continuing franchise is Atlanta and The Cubs.
    Do you mean the Braves franchise? Didn't they have a different name before becoming the Boston Braves?

    I've also heard that the Reds weren't actually the first professional baseball team, but the first team that publically stated it paid its players. Any truth to that?
    Sabermetrics is this: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.

    Forget the rain. It's never an official game until the Reds piss away a run between third base and home plate. - Bluegrass Redleg

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    Do you mean the Braves franchise? Didn't they have a different name before becoming the Boston Braves?

    I've also heard that the Reds weren't actually the first professional baseball team, but the first team that publically stated it paid its players. Any truth to that?
    Beaneaters, Nationals, Rustlers, then Braves (after the owners involvement in a group with the Braves logo too)

    You can trace todays Braves organization and the Cubs directly to the 1871 season, the formation of the NL, the thrust of the AA, UA, PL, the contraction of 1899, the formation of the AL, FL and on.

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    I've also heard that the Reds weren't actually the first professional baseball team, but the first team that publically stated it paid its players. Any truth to that?
    Yes. Back in the 1860s baseball clung to an amateuristic ideal much like the Olympics. It was actually against the rules until 1868 to have professionals on the team. Of course that didn't stop players from being paid under the table. Several teams had players who worked for an organization who sponsored the team. Tamany Hall in NYC was notorious for doing this. They would obstensibly have occupations such as firefighter or clerk or whatever but were paid solely on how they played baseball. Then the organization that all the teams belonged to just dispensed with all pretenses of amateurism altogether and basically said if you want to pay your players, that's OK. But prevailing sentiment in the world looked down at people who played a game for money so a lot of teams - while continuing to pay their players - said they were really amateurs. Aaron Champion of the Cincinnati Base Ball Club devised the idea to just be open about it and pay players outright. The 1869 Red Stockings had many fine players on it but all were not the best money could buy. The players were expected to practice almost every day there wasn't a game (unless it was Sunday) because playing baseball was their job.

    WOY, I think the Cubs/White Stockings were disbanded for a year in the early 1870s.
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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    WOY, I think the Cubs/White Stockings were disbanded for a year in the early 1870s.
    You're right, blame that one on Mrs O'Leary's cow.

    I stand corrected, the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves are the longest continuing franchise, then Chicago.

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    A new question (and answer, thanks to woy again) on all-time statistical leaders for the Reds came up in this thread.

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...626#post332626

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    Re: FAQ Answers Round 5: Reds History

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    Ready to provide more answers? This round is for the history buffs among us.

    We're answering one set of questions at a time. The fourth round of answers will be on the "Reds Operations" category. Post your answers to any or all sections of the question in this thread. I will compile and incorporate them into this first post.

    Feel free to post links to threads if you think they contain particularly good answers or might be difficult to identify as such.

    There must be other good questions to be found in this category, so feel free to submit those, too.

    So far I'm mining the following threads:
    (none yet)

    As far as the form of your answer, you can either go with a "just the facts" format or make a post with full sentences as if someone had asked the question. If you want to disagree with an earlier answer for some reason, that's fine, too.

    Rough Draft of Round 5 Answers:

    Category: Reds History


    [b]Q: Why is Opening Day so important to the Reds?
    This is kind of a tough question to give a specific answer to. There are a couple of misconceptions people have about Opening Day in Cincinnati.

    1. The Reds always had the first game of the season because they were the first professional team. That is not true. Basically the Reds used to open first because they were one of the most southern cities in the National League and there would be less of a chance of bad weather if they opened in Cincinnati. When the NL was formed in 1876, the home opener was no big deal. As stated before the Reds were kicked out of the NL in 1880 for selling beer. From 1881 to 1889 the Reds were in the American Association. So it isn't like the NL looked upon the Reds fondly enough to make sure they opened at home before everyone else. In 1935 they were scheduled to open on the road but Reds owner Powel Crosley and GM Larry MacPhail pitched a big enough fit that the NL backed down. There is no evidence that says that the Reds get that honor because of the 1869 Red Stockings.

    2. Until recently the Reds always hosted the first MLB game of the season. TV has paid MLB enough money that the official opening "day" has been on either Sunday night before everyone else begins or earlier the week before in Japan. But even before that there were times where the first pitch in MLB was not thrown in Cincinnati. When the Reds were still in the American Association they opened in Kansas City in 1888. In 1913 and 1937 the Reds opened on the second day of the NL season. In 1949 there was an AL and NL game the day before. In 1957 & 1958 the Washington Senators opened the day before the Reds. In 1966 the whole opening series was postponed due to rain. In 1990 due to a players strike the Reds opened in Houston.

    A very big reason why Opening Day is so important is the Opening Day Parade run by the Findlay Market Association. The Findlay Market Association has been marching every year since 1920. They have had Opening Day parades in Cincinnati since 1895 when Reds business manager Frank Bancroft thought it was a good idea to have a parade for the opener. The rest is history.

    To sum it up I think a passage from the forward of the book "Opening Day" by John Erardi and Greg Rhodes - in which most of this post has been cribbed from (Chapter 2) - says it best:

    "For no other city has an Opening Day tradition like Cincinnati's. Due to a unique combination of factors, the Reds are the only team that opens each season at home, and for many years Cincinnati had the day to itself: The first professional team played the first game of the season. Over the decades, the tradition has grown into a city-wide celebration of the national pastime and the glorious role the Queen City had in its founding.
    History spawned civic pride, which begat parades, proclimations and parties, and perhaps inevitably, pachyderms on a baseball field.... As Sparky Anderson put it, 'It's a holiday, a baseball holiday! Ain't no other place in America got that!'"
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