Cincinnati has had a lot of great moments in sports throughout history and I’m going to counting down the top 10 of those moments from baseball to hockey the history of Cincinnati sports has it all.
10.) Sam Wyche makes a bold statement
At a Cincinnati Bengals game on December 19th 1989, the refs made a questionable call and the fans responded horrible. They began to throw beer bottles and other trash on the field directed towards the refs and the Seahawk players, who refused to play again until it was safe. Then Bengals head coach Sam Wyche took the microphone and told the stadium that they don’t live in Cleveland and quit acting like you do.
9.) Freezer Bowl
On January 10th 1982 the Cincinnati Bengals played in the AFC Championship Game, a game that would later be coined the name The Freezer Bowl. The temperature was -9 degrees Fahrenheit, they were playing the San Diego Chargers. The Bengals won the game 27-7 and went on to their first Super Bowl appearance.
8.) Cyclones winning the Kelly Cup.
In 2010 the Cincinnati Cyclones won their second Kelly Cup in three years, which is the semi-pro hockey leagues equivalent to the NHL Championship. They defeated the Idaho Steelheads 2-1 to become only the third ECHL team to win more than one championship in franchise history.
7.) Tom Browning’s perfect game
On September 16th, 1988 Tom Browning tossed a perfect game against the LA Dodgers. This was the first perfect game in Cincinnati Reds history and to this day is the only one ever thrown by a Reds pitcher.
6.) UC playing in the Final Four
In 1992 UC made their first appearance in over 25 years in the NCAA Final Four, sadly they fell to Michigan 76-72, but head coach BOB Huggans said there would be more Final Fours to come in the future of UC.
5.) Pete Rose hits 4192
On September 11th, 1985 Pete Rose made history in Cincinnati by breaking Ty Cobb’s all time hit record of 4191. The hit came against the Sand Diego Padres, and there were a long line of celebrations that occurred after his single to left-center field.
4.) UC going to the Sugar Bowl
In 2010 the Cincinnati Bearcats made an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, they faced off against the University of Florida. The Bearcats lost to the Gators 48-17, but they did not take away their great 2009-10 season.
3.) Bengals going to their first Super Bowl
In 1982 the Cincinnati Bengals made their first Super Bowl appearance, they had an outstanding season in 1981-82 going 12-4 and their famous chant ‘who dey’ was invented. Sadly the fell to the 49’ers in the final second
2.) Reds go wire to wire
In the 1990 season the Reds were destined for greatness, with their No. 1 preseason ranking. The Reds were able to sustain this ranking all the way through the year and came out on top World Series champs, sweeping the Oakland A’s. This was the Reds first World Series win since they went back to back in ’75 and ’76.
1.) UC back to back National Champions.
In 1961 and ’62 the UC Men’s Basketball team won back to back national championships. In both appearances in the title games, the defeated Ohio State, and their 1961 victory marked the first National Championship in school history. The Bearcats were coached by Ed Jucker.