#12 | Cincinnati Reds

The 1970s were undoubtedly the best times in the 100-plus year history of the Reds franchise. “The Big Red Machine” dominated the National League, with the “Hit King” Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, and Tony Perez. They won four NL Pennants and two-straight World Series in 1975-76.

Not everyone on the team made the Hall of Fame, but there were several players who played like Hall of Famers for some of those years, like slugger George Foster who crushed 52 home runs in 1977 and won the NL MVP.

The Reds won another World Series in 1990, with Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin leading the way. It’s the last World Series title for the franchise, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t had some legendary players on the team in the 21st Century. Joey Votto is one of the best pure hitters in the league and Aroldis Chapman lit the league on fire as a Cuban defector throwing harder than anyone ever recorded.

You can purchase any of these cards on the Beckett Marketplace: Jim Maloney, Johnny Bench, Joey Votto, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, George Foster, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, Tony Perez, and Aroldis Chapman.

 

 

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