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FOREWORD

     

    Since 1974 I've been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds baseball. It has been a very pleasurable experience for the most part, because these past nine years, for a team so rich in history and tradition, have been the club's most successful. Division titles, pennants, back-to-back world championships. They're all team accomplishments and all very exciting. The individuals who have been a part of these great Reds teams also have been exciting. Individuals like Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson, John McNamara, Tom Seaver, George Foster, Clay Carroll, Ken Griffey, Dave Collins. The list could go on and on and on.

For the same nine years I've hosted a program entitled "The Cincinnati Reds Radio Scrapbook" which recounts interesting events and tells of individuals who have been a part of the great history of this team dating back to its beginning in 1869 as the first of all professional baseball teams. This book is an extension, imprinted words and pictures, of those radio programs.

 

When I was asked to write this foreword for the Cincinnati Reds Scrapbook, I decided to do so for several reasons.

 

One reason is the book's author, Bob Rathgeber. For a number of years, Bob researched and wrote "The Reds Radio Scrapbook" that I voiced on the air.

 

Back-to-back pennants in 1939 and 1940 and a world championship victory over Detroit in 1940. Those teams were blessed with the likes of Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters. There were Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hit games, and Ernie Lombardi and Frank McCormick. The powerful 1956 team that tied a National League record by hitting 221 home runs. The 1961 ragamuffin team, managed by the fiery Fred Hutchinson, that came out of nowhere and captured the NL pennant. Frank Robinson, Joe Nuxhall, Crosley Field to River­front Stadium. Bob Howsam, Dick Wagner. The team of the 70s. You'll find the big games and the not-so-big ones, all playing a most definite part in the history of the Cincinnati Reds.

 

And I'm sure that no matter how knowledgeable you may be about the Reds, you'll find, on reading this book, that there are many things that you didn't know. That's what makes it so truly interesting.

 

The Cincinnati Reds Scrapbook.

Enjoy.

Marty Brennaman

 

 

He's a walking encyclopedia of the history of Reds baseball. He's also an accomplished writer. Most important of all, he's a good friend.

 

Secondly, my opportunity to learn, through The Reds Radio Scrapbook, about the history of the Reds and its great players has been entertaining and helpful. I've found that Reds fans are unique - they not only are interested in Reds teams of today, but they also are proud of the teams of the

past. The good times and the bad - enjoy remembering them, if you will. For that reason, this book is necessary.

 

As you turn the pages, you'll find it's all here. The 1869 Red Stockings, led by Harry and George Wright, who won 130 consecutive games. The 1919 team that brought Cincinnati its first world championship, a team that featured players like Edd Roush and Hiney Grove.

 

 

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