Notably absent were the pitchers from that era, including starters Gary Nolan, Jack Billingham, Don Gullett and Freddie Norman and the incredible bullpen of Pedro Borbon, Clay Carroll, Will McEnaney and Rawly Eastwick. I had thought Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver was in that group, but my memory was faulty as he didn’t join the Reds until 1977.
As a young sportswriter I had the privilege of covering the Reds from time to time, including a couple of World Series games against the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and the New York Yankees in 1976. I recall seeing Rose barrel into catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game at Riverfront Stadium, as well as the press conference when he tied the National League hitting-streak record of 44 in 1978.
Morgan now holds a position with the Reds front office. Interestingly, his name also is on an auto dealership about two miles from my daughter Rachel’s home in Monroe, Ohio.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.