As good as it gets -- both as a team and as a nickname.
Though affixed to the 1970s Reds who won six division titles and two World Series championships, the nickname is actually said to date to 1969. The Reds finished in third place that season, but Pete Rose bought a new red car that he called "The Little Red Machine." Soon, he and his teammates tweaked and applied the name to the team at large. It caught on in the media and among fans as the Machine steamrolled MLB in the years to come, and it says here that it stands as the most magnificent moniker ever bestowed upon a ballclub.
By Anthony Castrovince
May 19, 2020