This book was on the drawing board for a long time. I
first started thinking about such a volume in 1974 when Dick
boss with the Cincinnati Reds, wanted a series of radio
shows written about interesting
moments in Reds history. I
became involved in that effort and put together more
than 750 shows in five years. I decided in the fall of
1980 that it was time to expand some of the most
interesting "Reds Radio Scrapbooks" and compile them,
with pictures, in one big scrapbook.
This book, by no means, is a complete history of the
Cincinnati Reds. It is, I hope, an interesting and
enlightening look at some of the colorful characters and
the top players who have been and still are associated
with the ball club.
The first person I need to thank is my wife Karon, who
frequently put up with being neglected while I was putting this effort on paper. And now maybe, too,
I'll be able to play a little "toss" in the backyard with my two
boys, Bo and Mike.
One of my biggest boosters was Joe Dunn, a true
newspaperman at heart. He kept me on schedule to get the
book produced (at least he tried), edited the copy,
making English out of a few Chinese sentences, and was
there when I needed a boost during a couple of those
dreary, cold February days when it looked like baseball
season would never come again.
A special thanks goes to
several people at the Cincinnati Reds who helped me
along on this project Publicity Director Jim Ferguson
and his assistant Dorcas Patten, and Roger Ruhl, the
club's vice president for marketing.
I'd have trouble ever
again walking into the library of
The Cincinnati Enquirer
if I didn't thank Fred Morganer and his staff for their help. They pulled
many pounds of newspaper clippings from the files for my
I could not have written
this book nearly as easily, either, had it not been for
Lee Allen's book, The Cincinnati Reds.
published in 1948 and it helped to provide me with a
amount of background
information that was used. And without the
the chore would
have been mammoth.
There are thousands of
stories that could be told in a Cincinnati Reds
Scrapbook. I believe the 64 which follow are an
excellent representation of more than 100 years of
Cincinnati Reds baseball history.
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