First published in 1948, Lee Allen's history of the Reds, like Franklin Lewis's history of the Cleveland Indians, was originally published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Allen narrates the historic organization's success, beginning shortly after the Civil War with baseball's rising popularity among Cincinnati's elite. Eventually, as interest increased, America's first professional baseball team was established in 1868 - Cincinnati's Red Stockings. The Cincinnati Reds chronicles each season from the organization's early years, most tably the 1882 American Association pennant and the 1919 and 1940 National League pennants, and World Series championships, including the infamous Chicago White Sox scandal. Allen retells many of the early Reds stories likely forgotten or unkwn by today's fans. This book is as thorough as it is absorbing, and will be enjoyed by those interested in the early days of America's favourite passtime.
Lee Allen served as the historian for the Baseball Hall of Fame. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he served as director of publicity for the Cincinnati Reds; wrote for the Cincinnati Times Star, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Sporting News; and authored numerous books on baseball. Greg Rhodes is the official team historian for the Cincinnati Reds and serves as executive director of the team's hall of fame and museum.