One Tiny Tidbit On: The Reds, The Twins, The Blue Jays and The Rangers (4/7/06)
I only posted the "tidbit" about the Reds. For the entire article, click on the link.1. Cincinnati Reds. Pete Rose was not responsible for the first major ban imposed on the Cincinnati Reds. In 1880, the Cincinnati Red Stockings were expelled from the National League for ten years due to their insistence on selling beer at the ballpark, and for playing Sunday games. Upon their readmittance to the National League, the team shortened their name to the Reds, due in part to the success of the National League’s Boston Red Stockings prior to and during Cincinnati’s absence. Every team in baseball now sells beer at the park and plays on Sundays, making this the only instance in history in which Cincinnati was ahead of its time about anything. — (thanks to Annie DiMario).