From the website, studyofsports.com, a 3 part series on the BRM.
There are only two options: the 1927 New York Yankees or the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. The Final Jeopardy question is, of course, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is the greatest baseball team ever, Alex?Ã¢â‚¬Â (ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Trebek, not Rodriguez.) Without getting into statistical comparisons, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as hard to argue against a team that has Ruth, Gehrig, Hoyt, and Combs as it is to argue against a team that has Bench, Morgan, Rose, and Perez. The point is no other team even comes close to the dominance these two teams had over professional baseball in their respective years.
Where do you start when you talk about the Big Red Machine?Ã‚Â They were the rare example of a group of superstars who played together as a team, putting aside egos and jealousies that so often ruin the chemistry and cohesiveness that is usually found on a championship team.Ã‚Â (The 1972-1974 Oakland AÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, who were notorious for their hatred of each other, may disagree with that statement.)Ã‚Â Individually they were great; collectively they were unstoppable, as their 210-114 won-lost record for the 1975-1976 seasons indicates.Ã‚Â The amazing thing about the 1976 Reds was that the eight starting position players – the Great Eight as they came to be known – only started in the same game together 49 times that season, and seven of those were in the playoffs and World Series!Ã‚Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right, the Reds won 102 games with their starting eight only starting together in 42 regular season games out of 162.Ã‚Â So almost 75% of the time they were NOT starting the game as a unit.Ã‚Â HowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s THAT for dominance?
Just a little taste from Part I.
UPDATE: I just read Part III…he claims that Davey Concepcion was the Captain of the BRM. I sure don’t remember this. My memory says that the captain was Peter Edward Rose. Concepcion may have been captain (before Barry Larkin, maybe?), but not during the BRM era. Or am I being delusional?