My name is Bill and I’m also the owner of the Cincinnati Reds Listserv List. I think I’m possibly the only native Cincinnatian on this blog and probably the oldest. I was thinking my Reds memory would go back much further than some of these young guys, but it appears Steve and I started listening to the Reds within a year of each other.
My first memories of the Reds are of the late ’60’s, but the first season that I really paid close attention was the first division season of 1969. (The season made famous by the “classic must read” Ball Four. I spent a lot of my high school years going to Riverfront to watch the “Big Red Machine”. I was screaming at the tv when Ken Burkardt blew the call at the plate in game 1 of the 1970 World Series and didn’t sleep at all the Sunday night when the Reds lost the ’72 WS. I was in attendance the night Pete Rose came back to manage the Reds and was watching on TV when Johnny Bench hit one out on “his night”. I drove back from Lousville to watch Rose get 4192.
Most of my sports memories concern the Cincinnati Reds. Hopefully the future will be better than the recent past.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.