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The 1972-76 Cincinnati Reds: The Big Red Machine Bears Down on the Bear Cubs

cin The Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" of the mid-1970s are widely regarded as one of baseball's best teams ever. And deservedly so. From 1970 to 1976, the Reds finished first in the National League West five times, won four National League pennants, and two World Series. Without discounting the 1970 division title and pennant, the Cincinnati team being considered here is the team that won four division titles, three pennants, and two World Series from 1972 through 1976. Why begin in 1972, when cornerstone players Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Tony Perez were outstanding regulars on the 1970 team? Because 1972 heralded the arrival (from a trade with Houston) of Joe Morgan to play second base and the beginning of the transition to other core players on the Reds team that dominated major league baseball in 1975 and 1976, winning back-to-back World Series. Dave Concepcion at shortstop and George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, and Ken Griffey (Sr.) in the outfield were either not with the team or did not play regularly for the Reds until 1973 or 1974.

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