The very first set of baseball players in color were produced by the Morgan Stationary Co. of Cincinnati in 1907. This 12 card set showed the hometown Reds and their opponents. The players all have the belts in red thus the name of this set is known as "Red Belt" postcards. Set includes minor league players from the Toledo team plus one odd exception.
The 1st card, "Use Two if Necessary", has been identified as Hans Lobert, the park is not yet known. The 2nd card, "Its All in The Game-Noise", shows Reds manager Pat Moran in a road uniform. This card and the first Huggins card feature a painted backdrop. The 3rd and 4th cards, "Huggins Second Baseman Par Excellence", depict the star second baseman Miller Huggins who led the team in batting the previous year. The 4th card shows Huggins at the Palace of the Fans. The 5th card, "After a High One", depicts an as yet unidentified player in a Reds road uniform in a unknown ball park.
The card on the left, "Out To The Long Green", shows unidentified players in the Palace of the Fans. The 2nd card, "Practice Makes Perfect", shows pitcher Sam Leever of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Palace of the Fans Park. He apparently was added because he was from Goshen Ohio. In the 3rd card, "Hit and Run", the batter shown playing in The Palace of the Fans has not been identified. The most confusing card in the series is the 4th one above titled "Safe". It shows Hall of Fame third baseman Jimmy Collins of the Boston Red Sox in action at Boston's Huntington Avenue Grounds. It shows Collins playing in dress shoes instead of baseball spikes. He is also shown at 2nd base, not at his normal 3rd base position. Why this image was used in an Ohio-themed postcard series is a mystery.
Replica photo used for card In Consultation Opening Day 1907
All 3 of these cards are in The Palace of the Fans ballpark. The first 2 cards show Toledo players, as evidenced by their striped socks and the Toledo emblazoned across the chest of the runner in the 1st card, "A Home Run". The last card show the Reds and the Pirates on opening day 4-11-07. The Reds won 4 to 3.
The postcard above is not associated with the Red Belt cards. I believe the player behind the target is Honus Wagner.
5 CINCINNATI REDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
1919 1940 1975 1976 1990
THE WHEEL CAFE
The Wheel Cafe Menu below shows the National League champion Reds in 1939.
The Wheel Cafe also issued two postcards. The first is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" postcard of the 1940 World Champion Reds. The second is a 5 1/2" x 7" postcard of the Reds 1978 Opening Day.
From here on the postcards shown will consist of
players, managers, coaches etc. that played for the Cincinnati Reds and are
shown in their Reds uniforms. Many of these individuals will have multiple
cards. I have "thinned out" many cards, but there are still many that
will have 6 or more images. Most of these cards are candid shots of the players
in games or taking batting or fielding practice. I am trying to put them into
alphabetical order so that you will be able to find a particular person quickly.
Many of these players you probably never heard of, I know I hadn't. I
have split the players into two groups, those players who played from 1950 until
now and those players who played before 1950 will be found on later pages. I am
not going to give a lot of information on these players, every once in a while I
may drop a little tidbit where necessary. There are several websites that will
supply you with additional information.
If you are trying to locate any Hall of Fame postcards they are located on page four of the Sports section.
A great majority of the cards I am now getting will have autographs on them. I have no clue as to whether they are authentic or not. I really do not care. I am interested in the card only and if it happens to have an authentic autograph it is a plus. ( I actually believe the majority are authentic).
There will be a few cards that will not have a postcard back. Many dealers will call a card a postcard so long as it has the same dimensions as one. Of course these cards could be used as a postcard by just sticking a stamp on the back and writing an address down, but they were not originally made to be used as such. I try to make sure they all have a postcard back before purchasing them but, occasionally, one will slip thru. I was not going to put these items up but then decided, why not? I paid good money for them so I may as well put them up for you to enjoy. These items will say blank back.
The managers I will put in the order that they led the Reds.
Joe Kelly Pat Moran Jack Hendricks Donie Bush
1902-1905 1919 - 1923 1924 - 1929 1933
Chuck Dressen 1934-1937 Johnny Neun Bucky Walters
3B 1934-37 1947-1948 1948-1949
"Birdie" Tebbetts Fred Hutchinson Don Heffner 1966 (83 games) Dave Bristol Manager 1966-69
1953- 1958 1959-1964 Coach 1966, 89, 93
Sparky Anderson 1970 - 1978 John McNamara 1979 - 1982
The two Sparky Anderson signatures do not look the same. I believe the left one is legitimate.
Vern Rapp 1984
Pete Rose OF/1B/2B/3B
MINOR LEAGUE MANAGERS
Jim Snyder 1966-1976 Jim Tracy
Jim Snyder managed Sioux Falls, Asheville, Trois-Rivieres Aigles, and Indianapolis for the Reds. In addition to being the manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts (1989-91), Jim Tracy was also the Reds minor league Field Coordinator in 1992.
Joe Amalfitano Earle Brucker Jr. Ben Chapman
1982 Coach/Manager 1952 1952
not in reds uniform
Harry Dunlop 1979-82 , 1998-2000 Jimmie Dykes Jewel Ens Tom Ferrick
1955-58 1933, 1941 1954 - 58
Manager 58 (41 games)
Bill Fischer Ford Garrison Hank Gowdy Don Gullett
1979-83 1953 1938-42 & 45-46 1970-76 LHP
Manager 4 games-46 Coach 1993-2005
Bruce Kimm Coach 1984-88 Buster Mills 1953 Reggie Otero
Minor League Manager 1983 Manager 1953 (8 Games) 1959-65
not in Reds uniform
Phil Page 1947-52 Sam Perlozzo Larry Rothschild
George Scherger 1B Coach 1970-78 & 1982-86
Minor League Manager 1969
Ray Shore Larry Shepard 1970-78 Roy Sievers 1966
Lee Garrett ?
The name scribbled on the back of the card above SEEMS to read Lee Garrett. I can find absolutely no information on this person so I do not know what year this was taken or if I even have the name correct. Can anyone help?
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