imageI’ve been keeping a secret from you.

A few months back, Chris Garber — one of our original writers here at Redleg Nation — and I began writing a book about the Cincinnati Reds. (Well, we actually started writing it almost a decade ago, but that’s another story for another time.) That book will be published next spring by Triumph Books.

The book is going to be called The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds.

Over the last few months, we’ve pored over old newspapers, delved into every musty Reds book we could get our hands on, and worked very hard to get each chapter just right. Our goal from day one was to make The Big 50 different from every other Reds book out there. We wanted it to be a collection of stories presented in a way you’ve never read before.

We really can’t wait for you to read it and let us know if we achieved that goal.

Last night, Chris and I put the final touches on the manuscript and delivered it to our editor at Triumph, so we thought it might be time to announce it to the world. We’re taking a bit of a deep breath right now — we just wrote a book! — but we’ll be filling you in on all the details soon. After all, if it weren’t for Redleg Nation — if it weren’t for you — we never would have gotten this opportunity.

Over the coming months, we’ll have excerpts from the book, and we’re going to start a running series here at RN featuring all the great stories that were left on the cutting room floor. We’re also thinking about promotions related to the book as we approach the publication date. Stay tuned.

Sorry for keeping the secret for so long. I’ll keep you in the loop the rest of the way, I promise.

11 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    Congratulations! And thank you both for making it a little easier for me (and probably all of RLN) to start our Christmas wish list this year. Can’t wait for the excerpts. Go Reds!

  2. WVRedlegs

    Congratulations. Could be quite the book signing at the next RLN gathering. Chad and Chris, and Jason too will have to have copies available then.

  3. PvtGripweed

    That bad boy is going on the Christmas list.

  4. cupofcoffee1955

    Congratulations Chad & Chris. I look forward to reading more about your book.

    Chad, I will let you know when I buy a MLB team so you can be my GM. I just need a few more million dollars… well maybe more than a few.

  5. seat101

    If Redsfest is before Christmas this year, perhaps you and some other local authors can share a table.

  6. LL.M.

    Your Honor,
    Congratulations! Thank you for all you do and have done for us fans.
    Just one question about the book:

    Does it include any discussion of the number one event in Reds history (besides perhaps, the team’s formation as the first professional team), namely the fact that the Reds could have had, and passed on taking, Babe Ruth on July 7, 1914?
    See Redleg Journal, Rhodes & Snyder, at page 181.

    Adding insult to injury, and relevance to today, apparently the Reds passed upon the Bambino due to ownership/management cronyism and incompetence, but for which, perhaps, we could have been a dominant dynasty-franchise like the Yankees.

    Keep up the great work.

    P.S. Two times in my life I have been given Reds opening-day tickets. Both years, 1976 & 1990, respectively, the Reds swept the world series.