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VIDEO: 1970s Big Red Machine starting lineup honored in Cincinnati, includes Pete Rose

  • David Whitlock

It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the Cincinnati Reds dominated the National League, with two World Series titles, four pennants and two additional NL West titles from 1970 – 1979.  The “Big Red Machine” legacy is not forgotten by baseball fans in Cincinnati (as they are having a mini-resurgence with 2 playoffs in the last 3 years and in line for another one).  The oldest professional baseball team honored their starting lineup on Friday night, and all players were able to make an appearance at Great American Ballpark.  Watch the the Queen City’s baseball legends be announced in front of a frenzied crowd (via

The Game 1 lineup of the 1975 World Series sent out by the team’s late manager Sparky Anderson read as follows:
Pete Rose 3B
Joe Morgan 2B
Johnny Bench C
Tony Perez 1B
George Foster LF
Dave Concepcion SS
Ken Griffey RF
Cesar Geronimo CF

There are some retired National League hurlers still shaking in their boots remembering the damage inflicted by that row of sluggers.

Anytime Pete Rose appears in an official capacity at a major league game or ceremony it’s a bit of news, as his ban is restrictive in that manner.  It appears the commissioners office made an exception for his appearance in this case.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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