Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On this Day in Reds History: NL Pennant Belongs to Cincy

October 11th, 1972 - The Reds lay claim to the National League pennant with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh before 41,887 ecstatic fans at Riverfront Stadium. Cincinnati trails 3-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth before Johnny Bench leads off the inning with a solo homer over the right field wall to tie the game. Tony Perez and Denis Menke proceed with back-to-back singles. Perez is pinch-ran for by George Foster after a pitching change, who advances to third base after a fly ball hit to deep right by Cesar Geronimo. Pirates reliever Bob Moose then uncorks a wild pitch to pinch-hitter Hal McRae to allow Foster to cross the plate as the game's winning run. The Reds comeback from being down 2-1 in the series to win 3-2.

Unfortunately, Sparky Anderson and the Redlegs would go on to fall to the underdog Oakland A's in the World Series in seven games. However, the Big Red Machine wouldn't be denied a world title for long as the team eventually went on to capture back-to-back world championships in 1976 and '76.

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