As you probably know, Triumph Books has released The Big 50: Cincinnati Reds: The Men and Moments that Made the Cincinnati Reds, by Chad Dotson and Chris Garber. [Available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and soon to be in all the finest bookstores.] The book covers the 50 men and moments that made the […]

Today in Cincinnati Reds history… 1976: After winning back-to-back World Series championships, the Reds made one of the most controversial trades in club history, dealing fan favorite — and future Hall of Famer — Tony Perez to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray. (Click on the picture at right to […]

All the speculation on whether Bryan Price would return to the Reds as their manager has now concluded. He will be back next year for sure, with an option year included. To most involved with Redleg Nation, we see that as eminently fair. Price hasn’t had the benefit of really playing with a full deck […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] It’s all quiet —- some would say too quiet -— on the Reds front. No news on Arroyo. Choo is gone. No trades. Nothing. So while we collectively ponder the state of the current […]

2013 is looking good so far. Despite injuries to their #1 starter, starting leftfielder and cleanup hitter and catcher, the Reds are thick in the race for the Division as Memorial Day awaits. Their MVP is a Boy Named Choo, Votto is hitting like Votto and Bruce looks like he is in the beginning of […]

– Friend of RN, Devin Mesoraco, hit a long HR on Wednesday (estimated by Dusty as traveling a “mile, a mile and a half”) that has drawn some attention from the media. John Fay writes about Devin today. “It’s good when they can hit,” Baker said. “But their No. 1 job is to catch. Then […]

November 28, 1978: Following two consecutive second place finishes, Sparky Anderson was fired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Anderson had been a relative unknown when hired as manager of the Reds following the 1969 season, but he immediately made an impact as the Reds won the National League pennant in his first season as manager, losing to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. He possesses the Reds record for wins as a manager with 863 and in winning percentage with .596. His only Reds losing season came in 1971 (79-83), but the Reds had winning seasons in every other season he managed the team, with his next worst season being 88-74 in 1977. The Reds had even improved by four games from in 1978 to 92-69. Anderson was surprised at the firing, as was possibly nearly every Reds fan in “Reds Country.”

Anderson had taken over an annually competitive team from the 1960’s that had not finished in first place since 1961 when Fred Hutchinson managed the team. Anderson’s unique ability to relate to his players immediately made him a favorite. Hall of Famer Tony Perez is quoted as saying (quote from a Baseball Almanac Anderson biography):

“I remember that day in spring training when he told me, I’m here to win, and I want you to help me. Right then he had everybody. We wanted to win for Sparky.”

Baseball historian and sabermetrician Bill James took things to a simpler level with Anderson. In a 1982 Sport Magazine article, James is quoted as saying:

“He really believes that he made a winning team out of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, George Foster and Davey Concepcion by teaching them the virtues of shiny shoes and clean upper lips.”

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Check out this link to ESPN’s Rob Neyer’s Sweetspot about Big Red Machine starting pitcher, Gary Nolan. Nolan’s arm was hurting, and he had already missed signficant big league time due to injury. This isn’t the whole story; you’ll need to read Neyer’s whole piece to put it all in context, but it’s amazing how […]