CINCINNATI REDS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNY BENCH, KEN GRIFFEY SR., GEORGE FOSTER, DAVE CONCEPCION, CESAR GERONIMO, JOE "LITTLE JOE" MORGAN, TONY PEREZ, PETE ROSE - HFSID 280219
1975-1976 CINCINNATI REDS: THE BIG RED MACHINE If anyone asks you to identify one of the greatest starting lineups in baseball, tell them to look at this photo. It features the starting lineup for the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds, who won back-to-back World Series.
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1975-1976 CINCINNATI REDS: THE BIG RED MACHINE If anyone asks you to identify one of the greatest starting lineups in baseball, tell them to look at this photo. It features the starting lineup for the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds, who won back-to-back World Series. The impressive 19¾x15¾ photo is signed by eight of the top players, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose Photograph Signed: "Pete Rose", "Ken Griffey", "Joe Morgan", "Tony Pérez", "George Foster", "Johnny Bench", "Cesar Geronimo" and "Dave Concepcion", all in blue ink. B/w, 19¾x15¾ overall, 18¼x13¾ image, one surface. Captioned: "The Big Red Machine - Oct. 21, 1976". ©2007 International Photo Archives. This photo was taken before the start of Game 4 of the 1976 World Series, which the Reds won to clinch the championship against the New York Yankees 4-0. Call them the Big Red Machine. Call them the Great Eight. But no matter what you call them, the fact remains that this is possibly the greatest starting lineup in baseball history. These eight players were the Cincinnati Reds' starting lineup for 1975 and 1976 - the seasons they won back-to-back World Series, a feat unmatched before or since (at least as of this biography) by any Reds team. This lineup also includes three Hall of Famers - JOHNNY BENCH (b. 1947), TONY PEREZ (b. 1942) and JOE MORGAN (b. 1943) - not to mention multiple record-holder PETE ROSE (b. 1941) who, had he not been accused of betting on the Reds as team manager, probably would have been inducted long ago. These two years were just the highlight of the Reds' remarkable run in the 1970s, which included two National League pennants and another two appearances in the league championships. They also recorded three seasons with over 100 wins, not to mention an average of 95.3 wins per season for the decade. As Reds Manager Sparky Anderson told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1997: "I was 35 years old when I went into Cincinnati in 1970. When I came out nine years later, the guys had made me a star." Lightly soiled and creased. Faint scratches (not visible head on). Otherwise, fine condition.
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