With the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival coming up on Oct. 20, WVXU-FM's Around Cincinnati will replay my July conversation with Chad Dotson, co-author of The Big 50: Cincinnati Reds: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds.
Dotson, who wrote the book with Chris Garber, explained how they first made a list of 100 of the greatest seasons, players, games or personalities from 149 years of Cincinnati Reds history – before cutting it to 75, and finally 50.
"Fifty was an impossible task. We could have made this the Big 100 very easily," admits Dotson, founder of the Redlegs Nation website. "We call the book a full-color highlight reel of Reds history. My co-author Chris Garber and I just whittled it down till we got to 50 that we felt (was) representative of the different eras in Reds history, which were the most important in shaping the franchise, and the personalities who made the Reds the Reds. We're pretty happy with it."
Here's the blog I wrote about our conversation, which has a link to the radio interview. It repeats on Around Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
Dotson will be among more than 160 authors at Books by the Banks 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Duke Energy Convention Center.