The Big Red Machine

The 1970's were great years for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds' dominance was known from 1970 through 1796 and they were quickly recognized as the best team in baseball. The team won five National League Western Division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series.

The name "The Big Red Machine" was given to the squad in a newspaper article by Bob Hertzel in the summer of 1969, but failed to catch on until the 1970 season. The team has been referred to "The Big Red Machine" ever since. This team has been compared to the 1927 Yankees, who were lead by two of baseball's all-time greats in Lou Gherig and Babe Ruth. This Reds team is known to have the greatest starting eight ever.