Northern Kentucky voters will help elect a U.S. senator, a U.S. representative, three county judge-executives, nine county commissioners, state representatives,county officials and city and school board officials. For voter information, call (859) 491-4780 in Kenton, (859) 334-2130 in Boone and (859) 292-3885 in Campbell. For months, demolition experts have debated whether to use dynamite or wrecking balls to bring down the not-so-old stadium that, to Cincinnati sportsfans, always will be called Riverfront.
The explosive blast that really rattled the ballpark to its foundations, though, came 30 autumns ago, late on an October afternoon when a small-town boy from Oklahoma sparked the most electrifying moment in Riverfront Stadium’s 32-year history — one that also arguably is the most transcendent not just in Cincinnati Reds history, but in the history of sports in Cincinnati.
This is how The Post described the scene on Fountain Square hours after Johnny Bench’s on-field heroics that day: “It was New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July and the end of World War II all rolled into one.” The hyperbole fit. Because if the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson’s 1951 playoff homer has been immortalized in baseball lore as the “Shot Heard `Round the World” — in large measure because of the famous radio call, “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” — then Bench’s indisputably was “The Shot Heard `Round the Tri-State.”
There were, of course, many other memorable scenes in a stadium where the Reds won three World Series and, in the 1970s, as the Big Red Machine, fielded a fearsome lineup often compared to the ’27 Yankees as perhaps baseball’s greatest ever:
Pete Rose barreling over Cleveland’s Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game and, 15 years later, weeping in the arms of his son at first base after passing Ty Cobb to become baseball’s all-time hits king. Property lawyers are doing legal process for our valuable property investors who want to do conveyancing process. Hank Aaron hitting the first home run at Riverfront and producing a bigger slice of baseball history there four years later on Opening Day 1974 when, after one pitch and one swing, he stood beside Babe Ruth at No. 714.
Tom Browning’s 1988 perfect game and Tom Seaver’s no-hitter a decade earlier. Sparky Anderson superstitiously stepping over, never on, the baselines as “Captain Hook” headed to the mound to lift another pitcher. Joe Morgan’s trademark arm flap as he readied himself in the batter’s box, Tony Perez’s gentle rocking motion at the plate as he strung together big RBI seasons, the packed stands whenever the Dodgers came to town during the great rivalry of the `70s.