1. Pete's 4,192nd hit | September 11, 1985 56K | 300K
After going 0-for-4 the previous night, Cincinnati native Pete Rose delighted a crowd of 47,237 by breaking Ty Cobb's all-time hit record with a single to left field off San Diego's Eric Show on a 2-1 pitch. Just the year before, Rose returned to the Reds as player-manager, revitalizing the franchise that had was on its way to a third consecutive losing season.
2. The Rose-Fosse collision | July 14, 1970 56K | 300K
One of the most thrilling All-Star Games in recent memory had a smashing conclusion, literally, as Rose plowed through Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse at home plate to score the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning, giving the National League a 5-4 victory. The NL scored three runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings before Jim Hickman's single scored the hard-charging Rose from second base.
3. Bench bows out | September 17, 1983 56K | 300K
Approaching the final days of his Hall of Fame career, Johnny Bench gave a crowd of 53,790 a memorable parting gift on the "night" held in his honor. Bench blasted a game-tying, two-run homer in the third inning, singled later in the game and threw out a would-be basestealer as the Reds defeated Houston, 4-3.
4. Perfection for Browning | September 16, 1988 56K | 300K
A two-hour, 27-minute rain delay didn't halt Tom Browning, who retired all 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced in a 1-0 victory. Browning concluded his gem by retiring Rick Dempsey on a fly to deep right field, Steve Sax on a grounder to shortstop and Tracy Woodson on a strikeout. A throwing error accounted for the Reds' only run.
5. Aaron's 714th | April 4, 1974 56K | 300K
On his first swing of the season, Atlanta's Henry Aaron cracked his 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for first on the all-time list. "That's a load off my back," said Aaron, who was hounded by death threats. The Reds still won the Opening Day game, 7-6, in 11 innings. Aaron would pass Ruth four days later in the Braves' home opener. Watch Aaron hit #715 in Baseball's Best >
6. Bench helps unseat Pirates | October 11, 1972
Anybody thinking that the Big Red Machine was a crew of coldly efficient pros wasn't watching Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, won by the Reds, 4-3. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, the Reds exulted as they pulled even on Johnny Bench's leadoff home run against Pirates relief ace Dave Giusti. After Tony Perez and Denis Menke singled, pinch-runner George Foster put Cincinnati in the World Series by scoring on Bob Moose's wild pitch.
7. The inaugural | June 30, 1970
It all began between Second Street and the shores of the Ohio River on this steamy summer evening. The game itself wasn't much for the Reds, who lost to Atlanta, 8-2, but the 51,050 fans who filled the brand-new ballpark couldn't believe their surroundings, from the artificial turf playing surface to the state-of-the-art scoreboard.
8. King for a day | July 1, 1973
If any single regular-season game cemented the Big Red Machine's aura of invincibility, it was this one. The Reds were on the brink of falling 12 games out of first place when backup catcher Hal King blasted a pinch-hit, three-run homer to beat Los Angeles, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Including that game, the Reds went 60-26 the rest of the year to win the NL West.
9. Pete & Pallone | April 30, 1988 56K | 300K
Sheer bedlam reigned after manager Pete Rose shoved umpire Dave Pallone during an argument in the Reds' 6-5 loss to the New York Mets. With both parties gesticulating madly, Pallone poked Rose in the cheek. Rose then shoved Pallone twice with a forearm and was ejected. The crowd of 33,463 delayed the game for 14 minutes by throwing debris onto the field.
10. Eric the Red | October 16, 1990 56K | 300K
Though right-hander Jose Rijo was the MVP of the Reds' four-game World Series sweep of Oakland, many observers believe that Davis' two-run homer off A's ace Dave Stewart in the first inning of Game One set the pace.