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    50 greatest games in Reds history

    I've been doing some thinking recently, after seeing this book on the 50 greatest games in Reds history.

    What are some of the candidates for the 50 greatest games in Reds history? I have most of the obvious ones:

    --Game 4, 1990 World Series
    --Tom Browning's perfect game
    --both ends of Vander Meer's no-hitter
    --Game 6, 1975 World Series
    --Game 7 1975 World Series
    --Game 1 1970 WS
    --Game 1 1990 World Series
    --Game 5 1972 Playoffs
    --Opening Day 2005
    --First night game
    --Johnny Bench night
    --First Reds game ever
    --Tom Seaver's no-hitter

    What are some of the others? I know the quick and dirty list I have above is heavily slanted toward recent games, but obviously 1919 and 1940, especially, would have to be represented.

    What do you think?
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Game seven of the 1940 World Series should rank high on that list. Paul Derringer outdueled Bobo Newsom of the Tigers, 2-1, with the Reds rallying in the bottom of the seventh for a come-fro-behind victory. I believe that it is the only World Series in which the Reds won the final game at home.
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    I would think game 8 of the 1919 World Series would be on it. This gave the Reds their first World Championship even if it was tainted.
    Also would put Game one of the July 1,1973 DH against the Dodgers. This started an amazing comeback for the Reds to win the NL Western Division.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
    I would think game 8 of the 1919 World Series would be on it. This gave the Reds their first World Championship even if it was tainted.
    Game 8? Is this a misprint or did they actually play a game 8 back then?

    And I have to agree with June 30, 2006. That game, along with Opening Day 2005 are the two greatest Reds games I have seen in my 13 years of watching baseball.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Let me toss another one out there.

    How about May 19, 1999 at Colorado? Reds score 24 runs on 28 hits en route to a 24-12 win over the Rockies. I believe the hits and runs totals were either franchise/modern day major league records, or darn near close to it. Sean Casey went 4-for-4 with two homers and three walks. Jeffry Hammonds collected four hits, three of which were homers. Every Reds regular collected at least two hits, and seven players had three hits or more.

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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
    Game 8? Is this a misprint or did they actually play a game 8 back then?
    Nope. It was the best of 9 that year.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
    Game 8? Is this a misprint or did they actually play a game 8 back then?

    And I have to agree with June 30, 2006. That game, along with Opening Day 2005 are the two greatest Reds games I have seen in my 13 years of watching baseball.
    Nope. There were a few World Series in the early days that were best of nine.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
    Also would put Game one of the July 1,1973 DH against the Dodgers. This started an amazing comeback for the Reds to win the NL Western Division.

    That's the first one I thought of.

    I remember thinking...if Hal King could blast a 3-run homer here, it could be the be the swing in momentum that the REDS would need to overtake the Dodgers.

    As amazing as wire-to-wire Champions are (the 1990 REDS, and yes, media, many of the REDS fans knew we were that much better than the A's), there's nothing like summer-long comebacks, ala the '95 Mariners, the '55? Giants, etc.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Wow. Those are good additions to the list.
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Opening Day 1912 - Redland Field Opens
    Vaughn and Toney's Double No Hitter
    1961 World Series Opener
    1939 - Dodgers vs Reds first game on TV
    1938 - Dodgers vs Reds - Dodgers first night game
    1884 - Opening Day First game played on Crosley Field Site
    1892 - Seasons Last game of - Bumpus Jones pitches no hitter in debut.
    1921 - June - First ball hit over the wall in Cincinnati Reds History
    1944 - Joe Nuxhall takes the mound
    1911 - Aramando Marsans becomes first Cuban Player to play in MLB
    1975 - Pete plays 3rd and moves there
    1969 - Maloney No hitter

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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Opening Day 1912 - Redland Field Opens

    1921 - June - First ball hit over the wall in Cincinnati Reds History

    WOY- you mean no Reds player ever hit one over the wall before this?
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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191
    WOY- you mean no Reds player ever hit one over the wall before this?

    Redland was a hard park to get a HR in. In 1921, the Reds hit 5 HRs, and allowed only 2 in official games at Redland. I believe only two of the Reds 5 were over the wall, and one by their opponents.

    Before June 1921, no National League player had hit a ball over the outfield wall in fair territory in the history of Redland Field. And only four times in foul territory.

    I've heard that the HOF has the bat Pat Duncan used to hit that first one.

    In late May of that same year, John Beckwith became the first player to hit a home run over the wall at Redland field in a Negro League game.

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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    What.....no 1982 or 1983 games make anyone's list?

    I like those obscure yearly games.

    In 1969....after an 18-16 game vs the Phillies......a columnist (not from Cincy) first coined THE BIG RED MACHINE in an article about the team.

    The 1974 game with TP hitting a GS.....as mentioned by an earlier poster.

    A game in 1976 where the Reds scored like 5 runs in the ninth to beat Mike Marshall in Cincy......to haste MM's arm out of town to ATL for Dusty Baker.

    That 23-9 drubbing of ATL in 1977.
    2 more from 1977..... 15-13 W vs ATL..... 16-15 or something like that...L...vs CHI in 1977.

    I just like those high scoring games.

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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
    That 23-9 drubbing of ATL in 1977.
    2 more from 1977..... 15-13 W vs ATL..... 16-15 or something like that...L...vs CHI in 1977.

    I just like those high scoring games.
    That 16-15 game, was that the one where we were down like nine runs and came back and won it? I remember a game from around then where I was listening to it at work and was sending teletype messages back and forth with the Chicago terminal during that game! (Am I the only one older enough to remember teletype machines? Think Instant Messenger on paper!

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    Re: 50 greatest games in Reds history

    A couple more I thought of:

    Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's hit record in 1985.
    The game Pete Rose came back as player/manager in 1984. I remember watching that game on TV and Riverfront Stadium was as electric as I ever saw it.
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