By Doug Feldmann
The period of unfastened business enterprise in significant League Baseball ensured that it might be tough to maintain big name groups jointly yr after 12 months. The 1976 Cincinnati Reds have been one of many final to be thought of a "dynasty," and this e-book records the season of 1 of the best groups in baseball heritage. through the pursuit of a second-straight global championship in 1976, the "Big pink computer" was once fueled via all-time hits chief Pete Rose, slugger George Foster, and all-stars Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, in addition to a balanced pitching employees that had seven gamers notching double-digit win totals. The 102-win ordinary season ended with a global sequence sweep of the hot York Yankees.
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Rose called him “Googie,” for a reason unknown even to Pete Sr. It was clear, however, that the father was molding the son in his image; when Rose was taking batting practice one day, Pete Jr. requested that he hit one into the bleachers. ” the little guy yelled. “I thought I taught you that we don’t like home runs,” the father replied sternly. ” Yet the father was impressed with his son’s enthusiasm for the game, which had rubbed off on the younger one just like Harry had done for him. “All he wants to do is hit,” Rose said of his boy.
But 1974 was also a season of change for Bench, as for the ﬁrst time in his career he saw signiﬁcant playing time at another position. Anderson used him in 36 games at third base, a spot Bench had played only nine total games in his previous seven major league seasons combined. Anderson felt that Bench might be wearing down from too much work behind the plate, and the new strategy allowed him to have Bench’s bat in the lineup more frequently. He played in a career-high 160 games in 1974, while laboring “only” 137 contests in the arduous catcher’s position.
His father, however, encouraged him to pursue professional baseball, informing him that good catchers— especially hard-hitting ones with strong throwing arms— were always in short supply. His father, in fact, had founded the Binger Little League baseball team, and convinced Johnny to strengthen his arm by throwing a baseball 254 feet from a squatting position, which was twice the distance from home plate to second base. The young catcher was so certain that he would be a major leaguer (despite much unbelieving derision from his schoolmates) that he even practiced his autograph for hours on end, carefully crafting the signature that he would use in later years.