Fred Hutchinson was a popular and successful manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Hutch's 466 managerial victories and .543 winning percentage rank him among the best managers ever to wear a Cincinnati uniform. The Reds exceeded the 90-win mark in three of his six seasons at the helm, and in 1961 they took the National League pennant.
But the joy of a first-place finish was matched only three years later by the sadness of Hutch's illness and early death. The courage, class and determination that Fred exemplified all his life were all the more evident during his battle with cancer. Hutch stepped down as Reds manager in 1964, and he died that November.
Today, Hutchinson's legacy lives on in the world-renowned Cancer Research Center that bears his name, and in The Hutch Award. It is given annually to a Major League ballplayer who "best exemplifies the character and fighting spirit of the late Fred Hutchinson...who overcomes any form of adversity." Past winners include Ray Knight, Ron Oester, Eric Davis, Bobby Tolan, Johnny Bench and Sean Casey.
Cincinnati's uniform No. 5 belongs to perhaps the greatest catcher to ever play in the Major Leagues. The standard by which all other catchers are measured, Johnny Bench ended his storied 17-year career in 1983 after earning two MVP Awards, 10 Gold Gloves and 14 trips to the All-Star Game. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Bench began his career with a bang, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1968. Able to control a game on both sides of the plate, he ended his career with a .267 average and 389 homers (327 as a catcher, which at the time stood as a record for NL backstops). He twice led the league in home runs (in 1970 with 45 and in 1972 with 40) and three times led the NL in RBIs (1970 with 148, 1972 with 125, and 1974 with 129).
On the Reds' all-time batting list, Bench ranks first in homers and RBIs (1,376), second in extra-base hits (794) and total bases (3,644), fourth in runs scored (1,091) and doubles (381) and fifth in hits (2,048).
Joe Morgan, a 10-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove second baseman, was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. A two-time MVP Award winner, Morgan spent eight seasons with the Reds from 1972-'79 during the glory days of the Big Red Machine.
He was named the NL's Most Valuable Player in 1975, when he guided the Reds to a World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox. Morgan batted .327 with 67 stolen bases that season. He turned the trick again in 1976 when he received National League MVP honors as the Reds roared to their second straight World Series Championship with a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees. Morgan batted .320 in 1976, with 60 stolen bases.
Morgan is the Reds' all-time stolen-base leader (406), and his 266 home runs as a second baseman rank third in baseball history behind Jeff Kent and Ryne Sandberg. He finished his 22-year professional career with 268 homers, 1,133 RBIs and 689 stolen bases for the Astros, Reds, Giants, Phillies and Athletics.
George "Sparky" Anderson was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame on June 3, 2000. In July of that summer, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Anderson was named National League Manager of the Year in 1972 and American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and '87. He went 2,194-1,834 (.545) in 26 Major League seasons with the Reds and Tigers. From 1970-78 he led the legendary Big Red Machine to an 863-586 record (.596), five NL West Division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships. His '75 and '76 teams combined to go 210-114 (.629) and became the first NL franchise in 54 years to win consecutive world championships. He is the Reds' all-time leader in victories (863) and winning percentage (.596).
When he won the 1984 World Series with the Tigers, Anderson became the first of only two managers to win a World Series in both leagues (Tony LaRussa, 1989 A's & 2006 Cardinals). Anderson's 2,194 career victories during his 26 Major League seasons is the fourth-highest total in history behind Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763) and Tony LaRussa (2,297). He is one of only five managers to participate in 4,000 games (4,030), including Mack (7,755), McGraw (4,769), Bucky Harris (4,408) and LaRussa (4,286).
Regarded as one of the most complete players of his generation, Barry Larkin helped re-define the shortstop position with his combination of defensive and offensive skills, including becoming the first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season in 1996. Larkin spent his entire 19–year Major League career with his hometown team, leading the Reds to a wire-to-wire World Series championship in 1990.
A 12–time National League All-Star, Larkin had one of the most decorated careers in Reds history, earning nine Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards, three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 1995. Larkin ranks among the Reds' all–time leaders in hits (2,340, second), stolen bases (379, second), doubles (441, second), runs (1,329, second), games (2,180, third), total bases (3,527, third), extra-base hits (715, third) and runs batted in (960, fifth). He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
As the starting shortstop on the Big Red Machine, David Concepcion was the defensive anchor of a club that from 1970-78 went 863-586 (.596) and won five National League West Division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships. The '75 and '76 Reds combined to go 210-114 (.629) and became the NL's first franchise in 54 years to win consecutive World Series titles.
With 8,723 at bats in 2,488 games Concepcion ranks second in club history in both categories behind Pete Rose. Since 1900, he ranks among the franchise's all-time leaders in hits (2,326; 3rd), doubles (389; 3rd), stolen bases (321; 3rd), run scored (993; 5th), total bases (3,114; 5th) and RBI (950; 6th). He was a nine-time National League All-Star, fourth-most in club history (Bench 14, Rose 13, Larkin 12), and his five Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are second only to Bench's 10 Gold Gloves. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1982 All-Star Game, 3 times was a The Sporting News All-Star and twice won Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards (1981, 1982). He was voted the Reds' MVP in 1981. Concepcion was named team captain in 1983.
Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star, was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1962. Following an 11-year career with the Reds, he was noted as the greatest left-handed slugger and one of the best fielding first basemen in club history.
From 1947 to 1957, Big Klu hit 251 homers for the Reds, including 49 in 1954 to lead the National League. His 141 RBI that season also led the league, and both tallies are club records for left-handers. Kluszewski also led the National League for five straight seasons in fielding from 1951-55.
He finished his 15-year big league career with a .298 batting average, 279 homers and 1,028 RBI while playing for the Reds, Pirates, White Sox and Angels. Kluszewski, who also served the Reds as a coach from 1970-'78, had his uniform No. 18 officially retired on July 18, 1998.
Frank Robinson, a 12-time All-Star, was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1978 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Robinson began his professional career in Cincinnati and spent 10 Major League seasons in a Reds uniform. While playing for the Reds from 1956 to 1965, Robinson belted 30 or more homers in seven of his 10 seasons, including a rookie record of 38 while winning the National League's Rookie of the Year Award in 1956. In 1961 Robinson was named the National League's Most Valuable Player after hitting .323 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs while helping guide the Reds to their first World Series appearance in 21 years.
Robinson - who played for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians - ranks among baseball's all-time leaders with 586 home runs (6th), 5,373 total bases (11th), 1,829 runs (13th), 1,812 RBIs (17th), 2,808 games (19th), 10,006 at-bats (23rd), 2,943 hits (29th) and 528 doubles (29th).
Tony Perez, the heart and soul of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine World Series championship teams of 1975 and 1976, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 23, 2000. The popular first baseman was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in August 1998.
A seven-time All-Star and MVP of the 1967 All-Star Game, Tony appeared in five World Series and six League Championship Series. His 1,652 RBIs are the second-most among players from Latin America and the 21st-highest total among all Major League players. During the 10-year span from 1967-76 he led all Major Leaguers with 1,028 RBIs.
Perez ranks among baseball's all-time leaders in RBIs (21st), games (21st), at-bats (29th), doubles (39th), hits (50th) and home runs (T54th). He ranks among the Reds all-time leaders in RBI (2nd), home runs (3rd), total bases (4th), games (6th), at-bats (6th), hits (6th), extra-base hits (5th) and doubles (6th).
The first black player in the Major Leagues, he played for the Dodgers from 1947-56. The 6-time All-Star was National League Rookie of the Year in 1947 and NL Most Valuable Player in 1949. In 1997, the 50th anniversary of his debut, every team in baseball retired his number.