The Big Red Machine rolls back onto TV this week in Fox Sports Ohio's s repeat of the Reds' 1976 World Series sweep of the New York Yankees Wednesday through Saturday.
FSO devotes next week (May 17-23) to Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League All-Star Games played in Ohio since 1981.
Johnny Bench was named the 1976 World Series MVP for hitting .533 (8 for 15 with two home runs. The Reds battered the Yankees for 22 runs on 42 hits in the four games. George Foster hit .429, followed by David Concepcion and Danny Driessen (both .357), National League MVP Joe Morgan (.333) and Cesar Geronimo (.308).
Here's the FSO lineup through Saturday, May 23:
Tuesday, May 12, noon: Brewers at Reds July 3, 2019 – Sonny Gray scatters four hits over eight innings in Reds 3-0 win.
Wednesday, May 13, noon: Brewers at Reds from July 4, 2019 – Luis Castillo, David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias stifle Brewers on two hits in 1-0 win.
Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m.: 1976 World Series Game 1 from Oct. 16, 1976, at Riverfront Stadium – Doyle Alexander gives up five runs on nine hits in six innings in Reds' win 5-1. (Repeats noon Thursday, May 14, and 2 p.m. Friday, May 15.)
Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m.: 1976 World Series Game 2 from Oct. 17, 1976, at Riverfront Stadium – Tony Perez's walk-off single knocks in Ken Griffey, Jr. after Griffey gets on base on a throwing error by Fred Stanley in a 4-3 win. (Repeats 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16.)
Friday, May 15, 7 p.m.: 1976 World Series Game 3 from Oct. 19, 1976, at Yankee Stadium – Danny Driessen, the Reds' first World Series designated hitter, homers and doubles in the Reds 6-2 win in the Bronx. (Repeats 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16.)
Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m.: 1976 World Series Game 4 from Oct. 19, 1976, at Yankee Stadium – World Series MVP Johnny Bench drives in five runs on two homers in a 7-2 win for the Reds' second consecutive World Championship. (Repeats noon Sunday, May 17).
Sunday May 17, 8 p.m.: 1981 NBA All-Star Game at Richfield Coliseum, Feb. 1, 1981 – East wins 123-120 thanks to 25 points by MVP Nate Archibald, 19 points by Julius Erving and 18 by Larry Bird. West All-Stars are led by Jamaal Wilks and Paul Westphal with 25 points each Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 23 points. (Repeats noon Monday, May 18)
Monday, May 18, 8 p.m.: 1981 MLB All-Star Game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Aug. 9, 1981 – The players' strike ends with delayed All-Star Game won by American League, 5-4. Concepcion, Pete Rose, George Foster and Dave Parker start for the NL. (Repeats noon Tuesday, May 19).
Tuesday, May 19, 8 p.m.: 1988 MLB All-Star Game from Riverfront Stadium on July 12, 1988 – Oakland catcher Terry Steinbach wins the MVP for driving in both runs in AL's 2-1 victory in a game played during Cincinnati's bicentennial. (Repeats noon Wednesday, May 20).
Wednesday, May 20, 8 p.m.: 1997 NBA All-Star Game from Cleveland's Gund Arena on Feb. 9, 1997 – Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets scores 26 points in 25 minutes to win the MVP, while Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin combine for 22 points as the East wins 132-120. (Repeats noon Thursday, May 21).
Thursday, May 21, 8 p.m.: 2015 MLB All-Star Game from Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 -- Mike Trout of the Angels opens the game with home run and wins the MVP Award in the AL's 6-3 victory. The Reds are represented by Todd Frazier, who won the Home Run Derby the night before, and Aroldis Chapman, who hits 100 mph on the radar gun in the ninth. (Repeats noon Friday, May 22.)
Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.: 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus Jan. 25, 2015 – The Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno captains a team for Columbus' first NHL All-Star Game which loses 17-12 to a team headed by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Repeats noon Saturday, May 23.)
Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.: 2019 MLB All-Star Game from Progressive Field in Cleveland July 9, 2019 – The Indians' Shane Bieber wins the MVP award for striking out the side in the fifth inning in the Al's 4-3 win.