Opening Day in Cincinnati is approaching! As a life-long Reds fan, I’ve put together a baker’s dozen of trivia questions about the Cincinnati Reds. Some are tougher than others and some offer choices. Answers are listed at the end, so good luck and enjoy.
- How many World Series titles have the Reds won?
- Name the Reds player involved in the infamous “interference” play in the 1975 World Series.
- In his famous picture, how many baseballs did catcher Johnny Bench hold in one hand: 4, 5, 6, or 7?
- This member of the Reds Hall of Fame (who isn’t in Cooperstown) was the 3000th strikeout for two HOF pitchers (Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan).
- This Red was pinched hit for during Ted Striker’s inner monologue in the movie Airplane.
- This former Reds pitcher hit 2 grand slams in one game, but not as a Red.
- The Reds moved to Riverfront Stadium in 1970. Who was the first Red to homer at the new park: Johnny Bench, Tommy Helms, Lee May, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez
- Gone-but-not-forgotten Riverfront Stadium eventually received this corporate name.
- A GM change was the setting for the firing of popular and successful manager Sparky Anderson. Who was the GM and who replaced Sparky?
- To win the 1972 NLCS, the Reds beat the Pirates on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Name the pitcher, the batter, and the runner scoring from third.
- This MLB Commissioner blocked the proposed trade of an Oakland A’s great to the Reds “for the best interest in baseball.” Name the player and commissioner.
- Which of these left-handed hitters was the first Reds player to homer into the upper deck at Riverfront Stadium? Dave Parker, Champ Summers, Adam Dunn, Paul O’Neill, Paul Householder
- Of these Reds greats, which does not have their number retired? Davey Concepcion, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Frank Robinson,
- The Reds have won 5 World Series (1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990)
- Ed Armbrister is the player involved in the interference call.
- Johnny Bench is pictured holding 7 baseballs in one hand.
- Cesar Geronimo was the 3000th strikeout for both Bob Gibson (07/17/1974) and Nolan Ryan (07/04/1980)
- Reds reliever Pedro Bourbon is used in the Airplane monologue.
- Future Reds pitcher Tony Cloninger hit 2 grand slams in one game as a member of the Atlanta Braves.
- Tommy Helms was the first Red to homer at Riverfront Stadium.
- Riverfront Stadium eventually became Cinergy Field.
- GM Dick Wagner fired Sparky to hire John McNamara.
- The Reds won the 1972 pennant on Bob Moose’s wild pitch to Hal McRae with George Foster on third.
- Bowie Kuhn blocked the Vida Blue’s trade to the Reds for Dave Revering and cash.
- Champ Summers was the first Reds LH hitter to homer in the right field upper deck at Riverfront Stadium.
- Pete Rose does not have his number retired.