Cincinnati is the city where professional baseball was first played. In 1869, The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team. They went 65-0 in their first season but were disbanded after the 1870 season because the team owner thought the players were making too much money. I can't imagine what A.P.C. Bonte would say of player salaries today.
Former players and management formed the Boston Red Stockings in 1871 and 10 years later, the Cincinnati Red Stockings team was revived with new management. The Boston team changed its name to the Braves and then moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and then Atlanta in 1966. The Boston Red Sox team that is in Boston now was started in 1901 and their original name was the Boston Americans.
Great American Ballpark contains a great many references to Reds teams of the past, including an extensive Hall of Fame that encircles part of the ballpark and mosaics showing championship-winning teams. Another historical reference in the ballpark is the two smokestacks in the right field concourse. The stadium sits on the Ohio River and when viewed from a certain angle, the smokestacks look like they could be from a steamship on the Ohio River – a very common thing in the 19th century. After an opposing player strikes out, the stacks emit fire. The Reds dominated the Blue Jays 11-1 and Mike Leake threw a gem. The smoke stacks emitted fire six times over Leake's eight innings. Reliever Carlos Contreras pitched the ninth and ended the game with another K.
Final Score: Reds 11, Blue Jays 1.