Category Archives: 1976 Cincinnati Reds Team Set

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #320 – Joe Morgan

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #320 – Joe Morgan

Ah, my favorite member of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Joe Morgan was a baseball superstar during the 1970’s.  A 2-time MVP and 10-time All-star, Joe Morgan brought his well-rounded game to the Reds for 8 seasons.

A slick fielder, Morgan used his range and speed to garner 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards between 1973-1977.

Offensively, Morgan was awesome.  A threat at the plate, and on the base paths, he was the perfect complement to a Reds team that was full of potent offensive talent.  Morgan collected 2,517 hits during his career and has a lifetime batting average of .271.  Other notable offensive stats include his 1,650 runs scored, 689 stolen bases, 268 home runs, and 1,133 RBI.

Morgan was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship winning Reds teams.  In those 2 match-ups, he hit .286 while collecting 12 hits and scoring 7 runs.

Joe Morgan was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #338T – Bob Bailey

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #338T – Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey played in the big leagues for 17 seasons, but just two for the Reds.  Lucky for him one of them came in 1976, when the Reds won their second World Series championship in a row.

Traded to the Reds during the offseason, Bailey made appearances in 69 games for the Reds in ’76.  Used as a pinch hitter and utility outfielder, Bailey amassed 124 at-bats while collecting 37 hits.  Of his hits, 6 were doubles and another 6 were home runs.

Bailey did not appear in the World Series for the Reds in 1976. 

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #77 – Pedro Borbon

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #77 – Pedro Borbon

For 12 years, major league baseball was Pedro Borbon’s employer.  And during that time, he played for four different teams.

Of those teams, his longest tenure with one was club was ten seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

A relief pitcher, Borbon made 255 appearances with the club earning a 62-33 record – very strong!!!  And while never the team’s primary closer, he also collected 80 saves in the majors, 76 with the Reds.

Borbon competed in three World Series match-ups, winning two titles in 1975 and 1976 as a part of ‘The Big Red Machine’. 

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

Chaney played in the big leagues for 11 seasons – 7 of which were with the Reds.

A utility infielder that could play second base ,third base, and shortstop, Chaney was a nice player to have come off of the bench when the starters needed a break.  Used in a lot of late-game situations, Chaney appeared in 536 games as a Red.  During that time he hit .207 and collected 217 hits.  Other offensive stats from his days in Cincy include 131 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Chaney was a member of the 1975 Reds’ World Series championship team.  He was traded in the offseason between the 1975 and 1976 seasons  to the Atlanta Braves.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #518 – Doug Flynn

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #518 – Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn spent 11 years in the major leagues.  Spending time with 5 different clubs during that time, Flynn was never able to capture a starting gig with any team – but he did play in Cincinnati during the peak of their success in the mid-1970’s.

While with the Reds, Flynn played three seasons from 1975-77.  Hitting .275 during that time, Flynn captured 104 hits, while driving in 45 runs and scoring another 37.    The ultimate utility infielder, Flynn spent time playing second base, short stop, and third base for the Reds backing up some of the sport’s biggest stars.

Flynn was with the Reds during both of their World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  In ’75 he was not on the roster so he is not credited with a title, but in 1976, he appeared in the World Series and proudly owns a championship ring.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #208T – Mike Lum

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #208T – Mike Lum

Mike Lum had a 15-year major league baseball career.  3 of those years were spent in Cincinnati with the Reds.

A utility player, Lum saw action in about half of the games that the Reds played during those three seasons.  And in that time, he collected 90 hits while amassing a .221 batting average.  Lum’s offensive resume as a Red also includes 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 59 RBI, and 44 runs scored.

Lum played for the Reds during the 1976 baseball season, but he did not make the roster that won the World Series title.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #561 – Tom Carroll

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #561 – Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll played in the big leagues over the course of two seasons.  Between 1974 and 1975, Carroll appeared in 28 games for the Reds, earning 20 starts during that time.

Carroll’s career record is 8-4.  During his brief career, he compiled an ERA of 4.16.  In 125 innings of work, he allowed 120 hits and 72 runs.

Carroll did not make it to the post-season with the Reds in 1975.  He was traded by Cincy to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the off-season between the 1975 and 1976 seasons – he never appeared in the majors after.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #325 – Tony Perez

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #325 – Tony Perez

Tony Perez was one of the most important and steady parts of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Playing in Cincinnati for 16 of his 23 big league years, Perez was and still is regarded as one of the team’s greatest players of all-time.

A skilled defender, Perez was primarily used as a first baseman, although he did log over 700 games at third base as well. 

A career .279 hitter, Perez collected 2,732 hits.  He eclipsed the 130 hits plateau 14 times, 10 of which were while playing for the Reds.  Perez has 379 career home runs and has driven in 1,652 runners.  While not a huge threat as a base runner, Perez did steal 49 bases while also scoring 1,272 runs.

Tony Perez is a 7-time All-star.  He finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 6 times.  Perez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Perez starred for both Reds teams that went on to win the 1975 and 1976 World Series championships!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #283 – Merv Rettenmund

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #283 – Merv Rettenmund

Rettenmund played 2 years for the Cincinnati Reds – 1974 & 1975.

An outfielder, he had a tough time breaking into the everyday line-up of ‘The Big Red Machine’.  During his 2 years with the club, Rettenmund played in 173 games.  He compiled a .227 batting average during that time.  Other notable stats from his brief career in Cincy include 90 hits, 54 runs scored, 47 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 8 home runs.

Rettenmund played in 3 World Series matchups over the span of his playing days.  His lone victory came in 1975 with the Reds!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #128– Ken Griffey

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #128– Ken Griffey

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.