The Cincinnati Reds have a rich tradition of baseball dating back to the 19th century. The first few decades of Reds baseball had little to cheer over, but in 1919 Cincinnati broke that trend and made the postseason for the first time, winning the World Series over the Chicago White Sox. Two more decades of futility ensued after the franchise’s first championship, but the Reds reached back-to-back World Series in 1939 and 1940. After coming up just short in ’39, Cincinnati secured its second World Series the following season. In the 1970s the Reds gained notoriety with The Big Red Machine, the nickname given to the Cincinnati teams that terrorized the National League in that decade. Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Pete Rose and Joe Morgan headlined teams that finished first or second in the division every year but one in the decade. The ‘70s Reds made six playoff appearances won 100-plus games three times, reached four World Series, and won titles in 1975 and 1976. In 1990, the Reds won their most recent title with the help of shortstop Barry Larkin. Cincinnati has retired the numbers of 10 players and managers through the team’s successful history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cincinnati Reds baseball tickets.
2015 Reds Season Preview
The Reds came so close at the end of the season in 2013, but fell in the wild card playoff game to the Pirates. This year they’ll try to unseat the Cardinals on top of the NL Central, but it will be an uphill battle. All eyes will be on Billy Hamilton this year after he shined in September by hitting .368 and stealing 13 bases. Hamilton stole 155 bases in 2012 between A and AA. If the Reds can get through the plethora of injuries they’re starting the season with (Chapman, Broxton, Latos, Schumaker) they should win around 90 games in 2014.
The Reds signed Homer Bailey to a long-term deal, and when all the pieces are put into the puzzle they look like one of the best teams in baseball. If they can battle through injuries and make a run in the summer, expect this team to be fighting for a playoff spot.
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Cincinnati Reds Baseball at Great American Ballpark Address: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202
The Reds play their home games at Great American Ballpark, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. When filled to capacity, Great American holds more than 42,000 screaming Reds fans. When at the ballpark, be sure to go to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The Hall of Fame features interesting exhibits as well as a history of all the former Reds greats who have been enshrined. The Cincinnati Reds dugout is on the Great American Ballpark first base line in front of sections 127-131. Great American Ballpark parking information is covered in our Reds event guide.
Reds vs. Cardinals
Through the late 1990s and early 2000s this rivalry was lukewarm with the Reds only finding minor success. Since then the Cardinals have continued to be one of the best teams in baseball, and the Reds have emerged as a title contender with a swarm of young and exciting talent. In the last 5 years this rivalry has produced bench clearing brawls and down to the last out games. Fans of the National League know this is currently one of the most competitive rivalries in baseball.
Cincinnati Reds in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Cincinnati Reds dominated the 1970s winning six division titles, four NL pennants, and two World Series during the decade with Hall of Famers Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and manager Sparky Anderson leading the way. The team became known as “The Big Red Machine.” Overall, the team has won over four World Series championships, 8+ division titles and 8+ NL pennants.
Cincinnati Reds Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Reds game?
Gates open 90 minutes before the first pitch at Great American Ball Park.
Where are good places to eat before a Reds game?
There are some great dining options within a few miles of Great American Ball Park. If you want to try some of the most exotic and mouthwatering burgers check out The Rookwood. All the foodies out there should try Local 127. Local 127 has a sophisticated menu, and is only a short drive to the stadium. Mexican food lovers have to try Nada, it is one of the best Mexican food options in Ohio. If you are looking for a higher end dining experience try Morton’s The Steakhouse, or Boca. Other great places in the area are Otto’s, Jimmy G’s, and Goodfellas Pizzeria.
Where is the best place to park at Great American Ball Park?
Parking for Great American Ball Park is spread out over a large area. The best place to find parking just north of Third Street on the north side of the ballpark. If you don’t mind walking, try looking to the west of the stadium on the south side of Pete Rose Way along the river. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is also only about a block from the stadium and offers a public transportation option for getting to the Great American Ball Park.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children 3 years old and younger are allowed to enter Great American Ball Park without a ticket, but must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game.