Cincinnati Reds: The all-time tournament

GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 08: A Cincinnati Reds logo is seen in the stadium during the spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Angels at Goodyear Ballpark on March 8, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 08: A Cincinnati Reds logo is seen in the stadium during the spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Angels at Goodyear Ballpark on March 8, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Pedro Borbon of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during a Major League Baseball game circa 1975. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Pedro Borbon of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during a Major League Baseball game circa 1975. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Reds: The all-time tournament

1975 vs. 1961 Reds

The 1975 and 1976 teams are also essentially identical, the biggest distinctions involving some personnel changes on the mound. Five regulars – Morgan, Rose, Foster Cesar Geronimo, and Ken Griffey – topped .300. Morgan drove in 111 runs and Foster drove in 121.

The 1961 team surprised many, beating out the Dodgers by four games. This was the season when Frank Robinson emerged as a front-rank star, batting .323 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. Center fielder Vada Pinson batted .343.

Joey Jay and Jim O’Toole led the pitching staff, combining for 40 victories in 499 innings of work.

Game 1: The 1975 Reds; 108-54 record is good for a .667 winning percentage, far superior to the 1961 team’s 93-61 .604.

Game 2: The 1975 team swept its NLCS and then won a seven-game World Series from Boston. That’s a .700 post-season record, far better than the 1961  club’s .200 percentage in losing four of five to the Yankees.

Game 3: Another rout for the Big Red Machine, whose 108 OPS+ easily bests the 1961 team’s 97.

Game 4: The 1961 club narrowly avoids a sweep, its 107 staff ERA+ tying the 1975 staff’s performance.

Game 5: The 1975 team completes a pseudo-sweep with a 50.2 to 40.1 victory in team WAR. The Big Red Machine’s 40.4 offensive WAR alone is by itself enough to win.

Result: 1975 Reds in five games, one ending in a tie