Joe Morgan

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Young Reds fans may well believe Tuesday's three-team trade that sent outfielder Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was the biggest deal in the history of the team. But the trade made by the Reds and the Houston Astros on November 29, 1971 had far more impact. 

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Pete Rose, courtesy Pete Rose Baseball Card Set; George Foster courtesy Sarah Ramsey; Joey Votto, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and Bucky Walters, Wikimedia Commons; all others AP

The Cincinnati Reds have had their fair share of National League MVPs over the years – 10 players have won the award 12 times.

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When you watch a biography of Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, you expect to see lots of World Series highlights available for years on DVD.

That's all part of BENCH, a terrific 90-minute MLB Network Presents film premiering 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 30 on the MLB Network. But the stars of the show are Bench, now 71, being a single father to sons Justin, 12, and Josh, 9, in their Florida home.

BENCH also will bring back a flood of memories for Big Red Machine fans with the sights and sounds from Riverfront Stadium, spring training, the Reds' dugout, and Bench's foray from behind the mask into the entertainment world with Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Hee Haw, David Letterman and his own TV show.

John Kiesewetter

Last year on his birthday I proposed the Reds honor Hall of Fame Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman with the "ultimate birthday present," a statue on Crosley Terrace. I've updated the blog for his 74th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Marty!

As he celebrates his 74rd birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made Marty a Hall of Famer.

John Kiesewetter

Producers of the documentary about the Big Red Machine “Great 8” are “exploring a few different options” after failing to fund the film on Kickstarter, the online crowd-funding site.

Only $19,580 was pledged toward the $500,000 goal during a 51-day on-line campaign, which ended Jan. 15. Just 79 people offered financial support for the “GR8.” Under Kickstarter rules, the producers do not get any money, because the goal was not met.

Reds honor Joe Morgan this weekend

Sep 6, 2013
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All the Reds players who made up the Great Eight will be taking part in the dedication ceremonies for the new Joe Morgan statue at Great American Ball Park this weekend. 

Reds Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls says Morgan was one of the last players to join the famed starting eight on the Big Red Machine of the 1970's.

"Joe was one of the final pieces that came in '72 in the trade with Cesar Geronimo," said Walls.  "So the last two starting members came in, that kind of solidified that group, and when that group of eight played together it was so special."

Summer exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame

Jun 28, 2013

Chris Eckes, the operations manager and chief curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about a couple of the current exhibitions, including the salute to Joe Morgan and the display of autographs from the entire history of the ball club, and the few that have eluded him.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Mar 29, 2013

With Opening Day on Monday, visitors to Great American Ball Park should also plan time to check out some of the new exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. HOF Executive Director Rick Walls is in the studio with Mark Heyne to talk about the autograph exhibition, and the salute to Joe Morgan display that will culminate in the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue on Crosley Terrace later this season.


Reds highlight Joe Morgan

Mar 12, 2013
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A new exhibit looks at the career of a Reds player many baseball experts consider the best second baseman in the history of the game.  Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Walls said the  Joe Morgan exhibit that started Tuesday is part of a season-long celebration of his baseball career.

"I think it's an inspiring story because Joe was once deemed to small to play," said Walls.  "I think he carries a little chip on his shoulder with that and wants to prove people wrong.  He did it his entire career."