The history of the Cincinnati Reds is rich and storied, making them one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic franchises. Founded in 1881, the Reds are the oldest professional baseball team still in existence. Originally known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, they were a charter member of the American Association, one of the first major baseball leagues.
In 1882, the team moved to the National League, where they adopted the name “Reds.” Throughout the years, the franchise has found success, including a dominant stretch in the 1970s when they won two World Series championships (1975 and 1976) under the leadership of iconic figures like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Joe Morgan. These teams earned the nickname “The Big Red Machine” for their offensive prowess and consistent excellence.
The Reds continued to be a force in baseball, producing legendary players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin. Their home, the Great American Ball Park, opened in 2003 and is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball. This season, Reds fans have seen youth take over and, combined with the presence of Joey Votto, put together a solid season that could end with a surprising postseason berth.
With all of the history in Cincinnati, which four players belong on the team’s Mt. Rushmore? Here is our opinion.