Baseball: The Great American Game
The Story of the Cincinnati Reds
by Michael E. Goodman
The Creative Company, 2011
Spanning the entire history of baseball in Cincinnati, all the way back to 1869 with George Wright and Harry Wright, the children’s book The Story of the Cincinnati Reds takes a look at several superstars who have worn the Reds uniform. Author Michael E. Goodman examines some of the biggest events that have occurred with the Reds on the field, from the first night game to Johnny Vander Meer‘s back-to-back no-hitters to the glory days of the Big Red Machine.
Nine players and a manager are highlighted as “All-Time Reds”: Eppa Rixey, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, George Foster, Edd Roush, Frank Robinson, and Bill McKechnie. Each of the “All-Time Reds” is honored with a brief article, career accomplishments, and a custom “baseball card” printed on the page similar to the 1961 Topps design. Several other players are mentioned throughout the pages and featured in photographs, including Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble.
Everyone is familiar with the scandalous 1919 World Series, but Goodman argues that the Reds might have won those games even without the “Black Sox” taking bribes. He quoted Roush, “One thing that has always been overlooked in this whole mess is that we could have beaten them no matter what the circumstances.”
No other sport embraces history as baseball does, and The Story of the Cincinnati Reds is a fantastic way to encourage a young person’s appreciation of baseball history in the Queen City. For those who are fans of other teams, don’t fret. Creative Education offers Baseball: The Great American Game editions for you too. Click here and search for your favorite team.