Cincinnati Reds Baseball Odds and history

The Cincinnati Reds began play in 1869 and are North America’s baseball odds oldest professional sports franchise.

Success would be a long time coming for the Reds as they would not win a baseball odds world title until 1919, when they defeated the Chicago “Black Sox” who allegedly tanked the baseball gambling World Series in partnership with the Mob.

The Reds went back to losing and almost went bankrupt in 1934 before being sold to Powel Crosley, who brought night baseball to the big leagues, which was a big hit with baseball gambling fans in the Queen City. Another bright spot occurred in 1938 when Johnny Vander Meer tossed back-to-back no hitters, the only man to achieve the feat in baseball gambling history. Another first occurred for the Reds in 1939 baseball odds season when they took part in the first TV game ever.

1939 began an era of winning as the Reds won the NL Pennant before losing to World Series to the Yankees. In 1940 the Reds topped Detroit for the world title. Losing years were soon to follow and in 1954 baseball odds season, the Reds became the “Redlegs” so not to be associated with Communists, known as “reds”.

The name “Reds” returned in 1960 baseball gambling season and a World Series appearance followed in 1961 baseball odds season as the Reds were overmatched by the Yankees.

1970 baseball odds season began another new era for the Reds as they moved into Riverfront Stadium with a young and loaded team featuring such stars as Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. The Reds lost the World Series to Baltimore but were loaded and would be back. A 1972 baseball odds World Series loss to Oakland was followed by an upset loss in the NLCS to the Mets in 1973. But in 1975 baseball odds season the “Big Red Machine” could not be stopped and after a 108-win regular baseball gambling season, the Reds would defeat the Red Sox in a 7-game Fall Classic that remains among the best ever. Cincy repeated with a World Series sweep of the Yankees in ‘76. The Reds remained competitive throughout the 70’s before hitting rock bottom in 1982 baseball odds season with 101 losses as Big Red Machine ran out of gas. Player manager Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time career hits mark in 1985 as the Reds emerged as contenders again, until in 1989 baseball odds season when the team collapsed after Rose was banned from baseball for life due to gambling.

Lou Piniella would lead the young 1990 Reds to an incredible World Series title baseball odds season with an upset sweep of highly favored Oakland. Dark days followed however, as outside of a playoff appearance in 1995 the team would prove unable to compete in baseball’s gambling new economic climate. A move to Great American Ballpark in 2003 baseball odds season didn’t improve the Reds fortunes.