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1975 Big Red Machine...greatest lineup ever? New book


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  • 1975 Big Red Machine...greatest lineup ever? New book

    Article in SI this week, excerpts from a book due out in September: ... index.html

    The lineup:

    1. Pete Rose, 3B
    2. Ken Griffey, RF
    3. Joe Morgan, 2B
    4. Johnny Bench, C
    5. Tony Perez, 1B
    6. George Foster, LF
    7. Davey Concepcion, SS
    8. Cesar Geronimo, CF

    Three Hall of Fame members including the greatest catcher ever, the all-time hits leader who would be in the Hall if he had just fessed up and been contrite, the 10th player to hit 50 or more HRs in a season (Foster), a great shortstop, 5-time Golden Glove winner just a notch below Hall of Fame caliber (Concepcion), and Ken Griffey Sr (.296 lifetime BA). The weakest link? ANY manager would take Cesar Geronimo as his 8th man, 4-time Golden Glove, .258 lifetime BA.

    The 1976 team, same lineup, led the NL in EVERY offensive statistic:

    Greater than Murderers' Row, the Boys of Summer, any Gashouse Gang team? Maybe.

    1927 NY Yankees
    CF Earle Combs .356, 6 HR, 64 RBI, 231 H
    SS Mark Koenig .285, 3 HR, 62 RBI
    RF Babe Ruth .356, 60 HR, 164 RBI
    1B Lou Gehrig .373, 47 HR, 175 RBI
    LF Bob Meusel .337, 8 HR, 103 RBI, 47 2B
    2B Tony Lazzeri .309, 18 HR, 102 RBI
    3B Joe Dugan .269, 2 HR, 43 RBI
    C Pat Collins .275, 7 HR, 36 RBI

  • #2
    I read that article. It's really hard to argue with the Big Red Machine as the best line-up ever. Just insanely good.
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!


    • #3
      Free agency has made it impossible to ever duplicate the talent of the Big Red Machine again. It's no coincidence that the free agency era began in 1976.


      • #4

        mid-1920's Philadelphia A's w/ Simmons, Foxx, Collins, et al

        '65 San Francisco Giants

        early 2000's Yanks

        Tigers of Cochrane, Gehringer, Greenberg