(This is the third in a series of articles about Cincinnati Red pitchers to throw no-hitters. Twelve Red hurlers have thrown no-hitters, including Homer Bailey’s gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Bailey’s no-hitter was the first thrown since Mr. Perfect, Tom Browning, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in 1989, retiring all 27 [...]
Now that the fervor and excitement has ebbed somewhat about Cincinnati hosting the 2015 All-Star Game, it’s time to deal with one of the issues that has been a constant source of controversy within the regime of Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. Everyone knows what this is about. It’s about Peter Edward [...]
Here’s the report from last night’s Parkersburg, WV event on the Reds Northern Caravan Tour, filed by Redleg Nation member Mark Duncan.
Marty announced all the players, announcers and other personnel. Then they conducted the Q&A although there wasn’t much of it and very hard to hear it because of some bad microphones. Most [...]
Last night, the Reds Western Tour caravan made its first public stop in Louisville. Here is the report filed by Redleg Nation member Daniel Matthews and additional information from Mark Duncan. Here are a few pictures at Better Off Red from the Louisville event.
LOUISVILLE (Louisville Slugger Field) – This was actually my first Reds [...]
Barry Larkin (Chad Dotson/Redleg Nation)
***Warning: I’m gonna ramble a bit here.***
On Monday, my favorite baseball player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
I’ve been thinking about Barry Larkin a lot these last few days. If you’ve read Redleg Nation for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m [...]
I’m not sure what to make of this:
Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead thousands of partyin’ poultry in the World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest. The carousing will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at historic Fountain Square in Downtown Zinzinnati.
“Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in the world,” said Patrick Sheeran, vice president with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “But in the long and storied history of the event, we have never had a chicken dancer with so much on the job experience.”
Early in his career, Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low. Teammate Nellie Fox suggested that Morgan should flap his back arm like a chicken to keep his elbow up. He followed the advice, and Morgan’s flapping chicken arm soon became a familiar sight to baseball fans.
Morgan was the first second baseman in history to win the National League MVP back-to-back—doing so in 1975 and 1976 when the Big Red Machine won backto-back World Series. He drove in the winning run in game 7 of the 1975 World Series, ranked as perhaps the greatest World Series of all time.
“Little Joe,” nicknamed for his diminutive 5’7″ stature, was a 10-time All Star, a five-time Gold Glove winner and a Silver Slugger winner in 1982. Morgan was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1990. The Reds retired Morgan’s number 8 in 1998 and he was recently
ranked as the greatest Red of all time by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Said Johnny Bench of Morgan, “When he’s healthy, he’s the finest ballplayer I ever played with. He could win more ballgames in more ways than anybody.”
Morgan is the second former Red to lead the Chicken Dance, joining Joe Nuxhall. The Ol’Left Hander led a rousing rendition in 2007. He joins an all-star cast of celebrities who have served as the grand marshal of
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati and helped the event set a world record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, with 48,000 participating according to Guinness Book of Records.
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It’s my belief that baseball is a game that is made up of more small moments that craft themselves into great and memorable moments than any other sport in the world.
The game’s natural movement from step A to step B enables small dramas to be inserted into contests throughout the season, and the years. This is what shapes our baseball memories, small moments, significant to us and often to the history of the game On the franchise level, the Reds grabbed the golden ring as summer kicked off with a bang when one player became the 27th Red to perform a rare batting feat…a feat that is so rare that only 23 players in the long history of the franchise have achieved it. A feat that Ted Kluszewski accomplished, Frank Robinson as well… why, Gus Bell did it twice!
Heck George Foster did it….and even Pete did it.
But ya know what?
Joe Morgan never did it. Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Perez and Adam Dunn never did it. Lee May, Wally Post: nope.
But Chris Heisey has.
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