Wild Card Wednesday – Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are the next team for Wild Card Wednesday.

My time collecting baseball cards coincides with the time of Big Red Machine.  That’s why I seem to have so many Ray Knight, George Foster, and Mario Soto cards, apparently.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

The three cards from the 1976 season: Clay Kirby was traded to Montreal in December of 1975, McEnaney – who saved Game 7 of the 1975 World Series against the Red Sox – saved seven games in the 1976 regular season and two in the ’76 World Series sweep of the Yankees; and Rettenmund was traded to the Padres on April 5, 1976.

Is that a microphone, Larry Biitner?

Is that a microphone, Larry Biittner?

Ed Armbrister was involved in a controversial play during Game Three of the 1975 World Series:


Dan Driessen had the unenviable task of following Tony Perez as the every day first baseman of the Reds.  Driessen took over in 1977 and hit .300/.375/.468 with 17 homers, 91 RBI, and a 2.3 WAR.  That’s a pretty decent season.

Manny Sarmiento!

Manny Sarmiento!

Sparky Anderson managed an aging Reds team to 92 wins in 1978 (the team card on the left).  He was let go after the season.  John McNamara manged the Reds to 90 wins and the NL West Pennant in 1979.  The 1980 team (the team card on the right) won 89 games and finished third in the division.  The 1981 team – not pictured – won 35 games in the first half and 31 games in the second half of the season.  They finished with the best overall record in all of baseball…and missed the playoffs due to the split season.  I included the John Franco card because, I am a fan of John Franco.  Dann Bilardello managed the Peoria Chiefs in 2013.


Let’s not even get into why Cincinnati was in the NL West.

Here are the Reds Hall of Famers in my card collection.  I have more cards of Tom Seaver as a Red (2) than I have of him as a Met (0…1, if you count the Hostess card).  That’s just wrong.

Hall of Famers!

Hall of Fame players.  Not great at posing for pictures.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers


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