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The 1990 "Cinderella" Cincinnati Reds: Remembering the World Series Champions

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Sparky Anderson and later John McNamara were the skippers when the Cincinnati Reds dominated the 1970s, which included six divisional titles and four National League pennants, of which twice they won the World Series.

From 1982 to 1984 the Reds lost 61, 74 and 70 games and had four managers during those years. 

Finally, stability was had with an old face. "Charlie Hustle" Pete Rose was traded back from the Montreal Expos for Tom Lawless in August of 1984 and instantly became the player/manager.

Due to some shrewd drafting, the Reds fielded a solid team who finished in second place from 1985 through 1988 but just couldn't get past that year's division champ.

Then in 1989, the team took a step backwards and won only 75 games due to the commissioner investigation of Pete Rose for illegal gambling. Rose resigned as manager in August of 1989.

Rose's full-time replacement became another fiery former player named Lou Pinella, who managed the New York Yankees for two-and-a-half years.

Nobody realized the stars were lining up—The Cincinnati Reds would become the Cinderella Reds in 1990 and go on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS in six games and sweep the reigning champs the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. 

This slideshow is to remember the key players of 1990 World Series champions. 

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