The History of the Cincinnati Reds

The origins of the Cincinnati Reds begin with baseball's increasing popularity in the city. This led to the founding of the very first baseball team of all professionals in 1869.

This team of 9 players, called the Red Stockings, went on to win every single game of their first season

easily with a record of 57-0. The second season went almost as well, losing only a single game. After the

1870 season, the origional team moved to Boston. As professional baseball became more and more popular

across the country, the National League of professional baseball was finally formed in 1876, with a new

Cincinnati Red Stockings team as one of the origional 8 members. In 1880 though, when Cincinnati

refused to follow the rule against Sunday games or alcoholic beverages being served that was about to go

into effect(two things very accepted in Cincinnati with so many Germans), the Red Stockings were

banned from the National League. Finally, in 1881, the present day team was founded once again as the

Link Park of the RedsCincinnati Red Stockings, and was accepted into the

new American League Association.The team had an

established location for it's stadiums up until 1970 in Over-the-Rhine, with 3 stadiums being used the team in that time (2

The Palace of the Fans Stadiumby 1912).They won the Pennant in 1882, and continued to do well in the American League until being let back into the

growing National League in the 1890 season. The team now dropped the word "Stockings" from the team name to

become the "Cincinnati Reds." Cincinnati hosted the first ever Opening Day parade in 1891. During the 1890s, the Reds

did not fair well, and finished most seasons with one of the worst records of the league. Although obtaining successful

baseball starts Cy Seymour and Sam Crawford in the early 1900s, the first decade of the 1900s remained unsuccessful for


Redland Field of the Reds

the Cincinnati Reds. In 1912, construction on Redland Field (later and more commonly known as Crosley Field) was

finished. The stadium would remain until 1970, the longest lasting stadium used by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds started

becoming more successful going into the 1910s.This culminated in 1919, the Redswon the World Series for the first time,

50 years after the first Red Stockings team was founded. However, the win was tarnished when it was discovered the

other team was paid to lose the World Series. The Reds after that year decended back into unsuccessful years of the

1920s and 30s. The Cincinnati Reds had become bankrupt by 1931, thought to be dead. Local millionaire, Powel Crosley,

paid off the Reds' debt, and brought them out of bankruptcy though in 1934. So, Redland Field became Crosley Field in

honor of this action.

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