Synopses & Reviews
The 1975 Cincinnati Reds, also known as the and#8220;Big Red Machine,and#8221; are not just one of the most memorable teams in baseball historyand#8212;they are unforgettable. While the Reds dominated the National League from 1972 to 1976, it was the and#8217;75 team that surpassed them all, winning 108 games and beating the Boston Red Sox in a thrilling 7-game World Series. Led by Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, the teamand#8217;s roster included other legends such as Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Pand#233;rez, Ken Griffey Sr., and Dave Concepciand#243;n. The 1975 Reds were notably disciplined and clean-cut, which distinguished them from the increasingly individualistic players of the day.
and#160;The Great Eight commemorates the people and events surrounding this outstanding baseball team with essays on team management and key aspects and highlights of the season, including Pete Roseand#8217;s famous position change. This volume gives Reds fans complete biographies of all the teamand#8217;s players, relives the enthralling 1975 season, and celebrates a team that is consistently ranked as one of the best teams in baseball history.
and#8220;In Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, the Cincinnati Reds boasted some of the biggest stars of the 1970s. But the Big Red Machine was a true team effort, and this fascinating book gets to the essence of the Machineand#8212;and its back-to-back World Series triumphsand#8212;by examining even its most minute components. A superbly in-depth look at one of the greatest teams of all time, this is essential reading for any baseball fan.and#8221;and#8212;Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging and#8217;70s
About the Author
Mark Armour is the author of Joe Cronin (Nebraska, 2010) and coeditor of Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles (Nebraska, 2012).