It’s not a great picture, but take a look at this snap from 1983:


I loved the “Big Red Machine” when I was little. It was used to remove sitting water from the turf field at Riverfront Stadium.

Kinda like a baseball zamboni, I guess.

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2 Responses

  1. Brian

    The Reds established a “company law” in the late 20’s to try and avoid rainouts and since then they have been one of the most successful teams in achieving that goal. Going years between rainouts in an area that dumps from the sky in the summer at torrential quanties.

    Nice picture.

  2. LVW

    Unfortunately I remember one day in particular that goal wasn’t acheived………May 26, 1981 a 6-0 lead vs the giants is washed out and cost them a tie for first in the 1st half season.