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The Cincinnati Reds franchise had been carrying an albatross around its neck for 20 years by the time the Reds returned to the World Series in 1939 to take on the New York Yankees.

No one believed the Reds could win a World Series fair and square.  

WVXU file

Historian Greg Rhodes celebrates the career of Waite Hoyt, the Reds' radio play-by-play voice from 1942-1965, at the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

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Now here's a Reds team we can cheer for! Fox Sports Ohio repeats the Big Red Machine's 1976 World Series sweep of the New York Yankees this week.