VIDEO: 1970s Big Red Machine starting lineup honored in Cincinnati, includes Pete Rose
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 MLB.com):
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.
– David Whitlock