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
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
The Cincinnati Reds Scrapbook.
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.