Cincinnati is the birthplace of
professional baseball and it deserves to have a major-league team."
The Reds became much more than a civic
gesture in the eyes of Crosley. He put the franchise back on its feet.
Five years after Crosley bought the team, the Reds won the pennant. The
next year they were the World Champions.
Several times during Crosley's ownership there were reports that the
Reds would leave Cincinnati.
In the mid-1950s, before there was
any major league baseball on the West
Coast, Crosley was offered more than $2 million for the franchise by a
Los Angeles group. In 1960 it was reported that a $7 million television
contract was offered to lure the Reds to New York City. But Crosley
steadfastly refused to sell, preferring to keep the Reds in Cincinnati.
Powel Crosley owned and operated the
Cincinnati Reds for 27 years. He was still the club president
when he died at the age of 74
Even though the ballpark that bore his
name, Crosley Field, no longer stands in Cincinnati's West End, he'll be
remembered forever for keeping professional baseball's oldest team in