A report on Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1909
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
Hall of famer Edd Roush led Cincinnati to the 1919 World Series.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Ted Kluszewski (1953)
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Crosley Field (pictured in 1969), the Reds' home stadium from 1912 to 1970
Club logo (1927–1936)
Riverfront Stadium (pictured in 1974), the home stadium of the Reds from 1970 to 2002
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
Pete Rose at bat in a game at Dodger Stadium during the 1970s
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
George Foster slugged 52 home runs in 1977, earning the NL MVP award.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Eric Davis in 1990
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Opening day at Riverfront Stadium, 1995
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Great American Ball Park, the Reds' home stadium since 2003
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Ken Griffey Jr. played in his hometown of Cincinnati from 2000 to 2008.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Joey Votto, first baseman (2007–present)
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 along the Ohio River.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Logo (1915–1919)
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Scott Rolen wearing the current Reds away uniform, featuring classic lettering.
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
Barry Larkin playing in Riverfront Stadium in 1990
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
Frank Robinson
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
Eppa Rixey
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Ernie Lombardi
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
The Ohio Cup trophy
Ron Santo
Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame "voice of the Reds"
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

In, the Reds were in the newly created National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and fellow rivals Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.

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The Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Spiders, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Highlanders, Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox were among the early squads to arrive.

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Major League Baseball

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Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

National League Baltimore Orioles, 1896
Cy Young, 1911 baseball card
Jackie Robinson comic book, 1951
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Graph showing, by year, the average number of runs per MLB game
Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal
Cleveland Indians throwback uniform
A Grapefruit League game at the former Los Angeles Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida
President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star Game at DC Stadium
Rafael Palmeiro (batter), one of the MLB players suspended for steroid use
MLB blackout map in the United States
Canadian MLB blackout map
MLB blackout map in the United States

The modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises trace their histories back to the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in the 1870s.

In 1985, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record with his 4,192nd hit, and in 1989 Rose received a lifetime ban from baseball as a result of betting on baseball games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis Cardinals

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American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

Charles Comiskey, shown here circa 1910, guided the Browns to four American Association titles.
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns as a Cardinal.
Stan Musial retired owning numerous National League and team batting records.
Bob Gibson, the most decorated pitcher in team history, won two Cy Young Awards.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter, essential in two World Series titles, won 10 playoff games with a 3.00 postseason ERA.
Albert Pujols is one of the most accomplished players in Cardinals' history.
Sportsman's Park during the 1946 World Series
Busch Memorial Stadium, home stadium from 1966 to 2005
St. Louis logo (1900–1919)
St. Louis mascot Fredbird, 2013
Red Schoendienst (1965–76, 1980, 1990)
Tony La Russa (1996–2011)
Joe Medwick's Triple Crown in 1937 is the last in the history of the National League
Lou Brock
Dizzy Dean
Curt Flood
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Bruce Sutter
Harry Caray

In two of these championships, the Browns met the Chicago White Stockings, now the Chicago Cubs, launching the enduring Cardinals–Cubs rivalry.

On July 14, 2018, following an 8–2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals announced they had dismissed manager Mike Matheny after seasons.

National League

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Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Shea Stadium prior to the start of a New York Mets game in 2008. Shea had the best attendance in the National League that year, drawing over 53,000 fans per game on average.
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League

The two remaining original NL franchises, Boston and Chicago, remain still in operation today as the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.

The teams now known as the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers (originally Brooklyn) and Pittsburgh Pirates (as well as the now-defunct Cleveland Spiders) had already switched from the AA to the NL prior to 1892.

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

World Series

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Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.

The two most prolific World Series winners to date, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, did not win their first championship until the 1920s; and three of the teams that were highly successful prior to 1920 (the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs) went the rest of the 20th century without another World Series win.

During this seven-year period, only three teams won the World Series: the Oakland Athletics from 1972 to 1974, Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976, and New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978.

New York Yankees

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American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

Hilltop Park, home of the Highlanders
The Polo Grounds, home of the Yankees from 1913 to 1922, was demolished in 1964, after the Mets had moved to Shea Stadium in Flushing.
With his hitting prowess, Babe Ruth ushered in an offensive-oriented era of baseball and helped lead the Yankees to four World Series titles.
Lou Gehrig
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio set an MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak that stands to this day and will probably never be broken.
Opening Day of the 1951 baseball season at Griffith Stadium. President Harry Truman throws out the first ball as Bucky Harris and Casey Stengel look on.
Mickey Mantle was one of the franchise's most celebrated hitters, highlighted by his 1956 Triple Crown and World Series championship.
During 1974 and 1975, Yankee Stadium was renovated into its final shape and structure, as shown here in 2002, seven years before demolition.
The mask and catcher's mitt of Thurman Munson, the team captain who was killed in a plane crash in 1979
Don Mattingly headlined a Yankees franchise that struggled in the 1980s.
The Yankees' success in the late 1990s and early 2000s was built from a core of productive players that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter.
Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 2007
Joe Girardi was a Yankees catcher before he became manager in 2008.
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and was christened with a World Series victory in the same way that the original Yankee Stadium was christened with a World Series victory when it opened in 1923.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge quickly became the new face of the team.
World Series rings
"Freddy Sez" holding one of his signs near the bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and the Texas Rangers
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures
The grounds crew at Yankee Stadium dancing to "Y.M.C.A."
Announcers Michael Kay, Paul O'Neill, Ken Singleton, and Ryan Ruocco in the YES Network broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium in 2009
The first four in the row of retired numbers at the old Yankee Stadium
Yogi Berra
Joe DiMaggio
Whitey Ford
Derek Jeter
Reggie Jackson
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Mariano Rivera
Lou Gehrig

In 1931, Joe McCarthy, who was previously manager of the Chicago Cubs, was hired as manager and brought the Yankees back to the top of the AL. They swept the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series, and brought the team's streak of consecutive World Series game wins to 12.

The Cincinnati Reds had the same personal appearance policy from 1967 until 1999.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh.

American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh.

The 1909 Pirates in a poster celebrating their National League pennant. Frank Chance of Chicago and John McGraw of New York, two teams the Pirates beat for the pennant, are being made to Walk the plank.
Forbes Field, home ballpark from 1909 to 1970
Pittsburgh clinching the Division Title, 1990
Uniform design in the 1940s
Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente collected 3,000 hits and was named World Series MVP in 1971
Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner led the NL in home runs for seven straight seasons (1946–1952)
Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
Honus Wagner is considered to be one of the greatest shortstops of all time and was a member of the MLB Hall of Fame's Inaugural Class in 1936. The 1909 American Tobacco Company card (pictured) is one of the rarest and most expensive baseball cards in the world
Willie Stargell is the Pirates' all-time leader in Home runs and RBIs.
Wilbur Cooper holds the Pirates record for most wins and complete games.
Chief Wilson set the MLB all-time record for triples in a single season in 1912 with 36.
Bing Crosby co-owned the Pirates from 1946 until his death in 1977
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PNC Park prior to a game in 2014.
Willie Stargell wearing the black top and gold pants combo, posing with Pittsburgh native Fred Rogers
LECOM Park, which hosts the Pirates' Spring Training games
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The Pirates remained a competitive team through the 1930s but failed to win the pennant, coming closest in 1938 when they were passed by the Chicago Cubs in the final week of the season.

While not an innovation by the team (the honor goes to the Cincinnati Reds), the Pirates helped popularize the look.

Cleveland Guardians

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American professional baseball team based in Cleveland.

American professional baseball team based in Cleveland.

The team is named after the eight Guardians of Traffic statues displayed on the Hope Memorial Bridge next to their home field.
Cy Young on a 1911 baseball card
Nap Lajoie, who won the 1903 American League Batting Championship with the Indians, was the team's namesake from 1903 to 1915, and is an MLB Hall of Famer.
1909 Cleveland Naps
Tris Speaker on a 1933 baseball card
Bob Feller; winner of the A.L. pitching Triple Crown in 1940, member of the 1948 World Series Championship team, the Indians all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and an MLB Hall of Famer.
Logo from 1946 to 1950
Lou Boudreau, 1948 American League MVP
Al Rosen, 1953 Most Valuable Player.
Herb Score – who was the 1955 American League Rookie of the Year, a two-time A.L. All-Star, and after his playing career went on to be the longest-tenured announcer in club history, serving 34 seasons (1964–1997) as a member of the Indians broadcast team.
In 1975, Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in MLB history
Slider, the team mascot since 1990
Progressive Field in 2008
Kenny Lofton in 1996
Mark Shapiro – Indians GM from 2001 to 2010, President from 2010 to 2015, and two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year.
CC Sabathia won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award with the Indians.
Sabathia's teammate Cliff Lee won the AL Cy Young Award in 2008.
Mike Chernoff, who has served as Indians/Guardians' general manager since 2015.
Manager Terry Francona, who in his tenure with the Indians/Guardians is a two-time AL Manager of the Year (2013, 2016), led the team to the 2016 AL Championship, and is the all-time franchise leader in wins by a manager.
Corey Kluber, who is a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner with the Indians (2014, 2017).
Shane Bieber, who won the 2020 AL Cy Young Award, giving the team five winners in 14 seasons.
The Ohio Cup trophy
Guardians wordmark logo, featured on the team's home uniforms
Cleveland in "diamond C" font is featured on the team's road uniforms
Chief Wahoo logo used from 1950 through 2018
"Block C" logo used secondarily from 2014 until 2019, then as the team's primary logo from 2019 through 2021 - the final three years under the Indians name
Guardians TV announcer Matt Underwood (seated, center) and longtime lead radio announcer Tom Hamilton (right)
Earl Averill
Larry Doby
Mel Harder
Joe Sewell
Jim Thome

Ultimately, two of the league's western clubs went out of business during the first season and the Chicago Fire left that city's White Stockings impoverished, unable to field a team again until 1874.

The team added prized right-handed pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, OF Drew Stubbs, and relief pitchers Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers in a three-way trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds that sent RF Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, and Tony Sipp to the Arizona Diamondbacks Other notable additions included utility man Mike Avilés, catcher Yan Gomes, designated hitter Jason Giambi, and starting pitcher Scott Kazmir.

National League Central

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One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).

A 1994 Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers' former camp in Vero Beach, Florida

Spring training

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Preseason in Major League Baseball , a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

Preseason in Major League Baseball , a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

A 1994 Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers' former camp in Vero Beach, Florida
Boston Red Sox players in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1912
1885 Chicago White Stockings (known today as the Chicago Cubs)
Babe Ruth hit a 573-foot home run in spring training, 1918. He led the league with 11 home runs and had a 13–7 record as the Red Sox won the 1918 World Series.
A 2007 Cactus League game between the Cubs and the White Sox at HoHoKam Park
New York Giants during Spring Training in Marlin, Texas (circa 1915)
Jim Thorpe, US Olympian, New York Giants Spring Training in Marlin, Texas, likely 1918
A Braves spring training game against the Mets in 2008
An extended spring training game in Sarasota, Florida, during the 2008 season

The location of Hot Springs and the concept of getting the players ready for the upcoming season was the brainchild of Chicago White Stockings (today's Chicago Cubs) team President Albert Spalding and Cap Anson.

The Cleveland Spiders, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox followed the White Stockings to Hot Springs.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona.

American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Uniform design from late 1990s through mid-2000s
Chase Field
Randy Johnson pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
OF Luis Gonzalez (1999–2006)
All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (2011–2018) had a on-base percentage of .398, during his tenure in Phoenix
Current uniform design (2016–present)

Brennaman was the TV announcer for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds (along with his father Marty Brennaman) before being hired by Diamondbacks founder Jerry Colangelo in 1996, two years before the team would begin play.