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The Great Eight

(Photo by Mark Whitt ©)

Subject(s): Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Pete Rose
Sport: Baseball

Location: Cincinnati Reds HOF Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Unveiled: 25/9/2004
Sculptor: Life Formations Ltd.
Material: Resin on replica uniform
Status: In Situ

Plaque: THE "GREAT EIGHT". This celebration scene of the starting eight of the Big Red Machine is loosely based on the winning play of the 1972 National League Championship Series between the Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Riverfront Stadium. George Foster scores the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and is greeted by the on-deck batter, Pete Rose. The remaining members of the "Great Eight" have been added to the scene, including Ken Griffey Sr., although he did not join the Reds until 1973. Griffey and the Reds celebrated three NLCS victories at Riverfront Stadium: 1970, 1972 and 1976. They won both the 1975 NLCS and the 1975 and 1976 World Series on the road. The play-by-play announcer on the call of this historic moment is Al Michaels, Reds broadcaster from 1971 to 1973.

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(Photo by Lyle Scott ©)

(Photo by Lyle Scott ©)

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