In 1968, Johnny Bench was a 20-year-old rookie embarking on his first full Major League season with the Cincinnati Reds. He was also the Reds starting catcher, an All-Star, and the National League Rookie of the Year. And he was one other thing as well: the foundation for one of the greatest teams ever assembled in Major League history—the Big Red Machine.
Bench’s Major League journey lasted 17 seasons—all in Cincinnati—and earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the game’s greatest legends. But when talking about the legendary Reds teams of the 1970s, it was Bench who said, “The Big Red Machine teams will never be forgotten … They’ll be remembered because of the professionals they had, the character they had, the skill they had. Those teams were a symbol of what baseball really should be.”
The professionals included Tony Perez and Pete Rose, who were already on the club when Bench burst on the scene in 1968, and then one by one the rest of the pieces fell into place: manager Sparky Anderson (1970), followed by Dave Concepcion and George Foster (1971), Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo (1972), and Ken Griffey (1973).
In 1975, with all the pieces firmly in place, the Reds were World Champions.
In 1976, the Reds defended their title and became a dynasty.
This is a book of history and trivia that covers all eras of Reds baseball—but it is also a tribute to the legacy of Sparky Anderson and the professionals who made up the Big Red Machine.
Think you know everything about Reds baseball? Think again.
With ten chapters and 200 brand new trivia questions to challenge fans of all ages and skill levels, it’s time to find out how smart you really are about the Cincinnati Reds. Each chapter profiles a member of the Big Red Machine and then offers 20 brand new exciting and challenging trivia questions.
And we’re keeping score … so test your skills, wrack your brain, and get ready for the ultimate Cincinnati Reds IQ test!
“An energetic, and unique, romp through Reds history. More than anything, ‘Cincinnati Reds IQ’ is FUN. A must-read for all loyal citizens of Redleg Nation.”
– Chad Dotson, RedlegNation.com
“This book is a home run! It’s a must have for all Reds fans. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down.”
– Lance McAlister, Host, 700 WLW/ESPN 1530, Cincinnati
“Cincinnati is one of baseball’s most beloved teams and this book is the definitive source of trivia from every era in franchise history – it is sure to be loved by fans of all ages.”
– Daniel J. Brush, award-winning author of the Sports by the Numbers Series
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