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The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds (Memorable Teams in Baseball History) Paperback – 25 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (25 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803245866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803245860
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,806,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, the Cincinnati Reds boasted some of the biggest stars of the 1970s. But the Big Red Machine was a true team effort, and this fascinating book gets to the essence of the Machine - and its back-to-back World Series triumphs - by examining even its most minute components. A superbly in-depth look at one of the greatest teams of all time, this is essential reading for any baseball fan." - Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

About the Author

Mark Armour is the author of Joe Cronin (Nebraska, 2010) and coeditor of Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles (Nebraska, 2012).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Strong Account of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds 21 April 2014
By Roger D. Launius - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember well the “Big Red Machine,” the Cincinnati Reds of the mid-1970s. They infuriated me as they seemingly steamrolled over every team that I rooted for. With a Hall of Fame Manager, Sparky Anderson, three Hall of Fame players (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez), and a third who should be in the Hall of Fame but has thus far been barred from that recognition despite leading all players in career hits (Pete Rose), they were unstoppable in 1975 and 1976. They reeled off 108 wins in the regular season in 1975 and beat the Boston Red Sox what many still consider the most exciting, entertaining, and thrilling 7-game World Series ever played. The next year they decimated the New York Yankees in a four game sweep in the World Series.

This book focuses on the 1975 season and the Reds players that made it so memorable. In addition to the four mentioned above a superb supporting cast of four more everyday players—Dave Concepción, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., and César Gerónimo—constitutes the “Great Eight” discussed here.

There are biographical sketches of all of the players for the team and many of the Reds staff, as well as essays about a variety of other topics relating to the success of the teams in the summer of 1975. Of course, there is a rousing discussion of the playoffs and the World Series against the Red Sox. Written by a large collection of authors with ties to the Society for American Baseball Research, and ably edited by Mark Armour, The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds is a superb reference about the team the dominated the National League in the 1970s. With four pennants (1970, 1974, 1975, and 1976) and two world championships the Reds made history and deserve consideration in any discussion of the greatest team in baseball history.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Read 31 May 2014
By Jimbo - Published on
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I especially enjoyed the fact that the little people, like Tom Carroll, got as much treatment as Rose, Bench, and Perez. If you ever meet Tom, ask him about his hit off Bob Gibson. Be prepared for a longggggggg story!
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Great Baseball book 9 Jan. 2015
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 29 Aug. 2014
By William Harris - Published on
Format: Paperback
It was a very well written,and researched book.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not enough about the Great Eight 10 May 2014
By RAS - Published on
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I bought this thinking it would be about the 8 main players. There is not enough about them because there are too many chapters about everyone associated with the team. Similar stories are repeated over and over in multiple chapters.
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