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    The Golden Age of Reds' Baseball.

    Being in contention and having a loaded farm system this season, got me to thinking that this seemed to be a yearly occurrence for me growing up. It seemed as if the Reds always had a good team and help down on the farm. I went back and looked at the Franchise Index and had no idea exactly how good the team was back then. I was 7 years old when the Reds went to the World Series in 1961. From 1961-1981, a span of 21 years, Cincinnati had exactly two losing seasons. They went to the World Series five times, winning it twice. They had two other playoff seasons and were denied the playoffs in 1981 in spite of having the best record in baseball. They were a cumulative 1901-1427 during that span, 474 games over .500. Their winning percentage was .571. That winning percentage in a 162-game season works out to 92.5 wins per year. In other words, winning 92.5 games would have been just an 'average' year for them. You would have seen the following players during that era - including but not limited to - Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, George Foster, Vada Pinson, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Chico Cardenas, Dan Driessen, Lee May, Ken Griffey, Sr.,
    Wally Post, Gus Bell, Johnny Edwards, Gordy Coleman, Jim Maloney, Gary Nolan, Don Gullett, Tom Seaver, Wayne Simpson, Jack Billingham, Joey Jay, Bob Purkey, Jim O'Toole, Ted Abernathy, Wayne Granger, Clay Carroll, Pedro Borbon, Tom Hume, Mario Soto, and a host of others.

    May a Second Golden Age of Cincinnati baseball be on the way and may it last as long as the First. It has been a dark decade. Reds' fans deserve a break.

    Yearly Record from 1961-1981:

    1981	66	42	0.611
    1980	89	73	0.549
    1979	90	71	0.559
    1978	92	69	0.571
    1977	88	74	0.543
    1976	102	60	0.630
    1975	108	54	0.667
    1974	98	64	0.605
    1973	99	63	0.611
    1972	95	59	0.617
    1971	79	83	0.488
    1970	102	60	0.630
    1969	89	73	0.549
    1968	83	79	0.512
    1967	87	75	0.537
    1966	76	84	0.475
    1965	89	73	0.549
    1964	92	70	0.568
    1963	86	76	0.531
    1962	98	64	0.605
    1961	93	61	0.604
    TOTAL	1901	1427	0.571

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    Re: The Golden Age of Reds' Baseball.

    In your day the Reds farm system was considered second to none. It was the benchmark for other teams to follow. Sadly new management led to less attention to the farm system that continued for a long time. Not until recently has that changed, and we have seen the benefits.

    Of course the negative is the Reds can no longer keep those players for most if not all of their career. Free agency in the 70's and the growth of revenue in large markets in the 80's to now has changed that.

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