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Recognizing Top 28 African-American Reds

In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate many of Cincinnati’s greatest baseball players

To commemorate the 28 days of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of 28 African-American Major Leaguers who’ve accumulated the most career Wins Above Replacement while playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Whether you’re a fan or a critic of the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) stat, I think you’ll find that this list is a fair representation of the best African-American players in Reds history.

If you’re not familiar with WAR, you can learn a little bit about it HERE. (The WAR we’re using is from Baseball Reference).

Remember, this list recognizes Reds CAREER wins above replacement. Typically, guys who played a long time for the team appear higher on the list than those who didn’t. For example, I think Greg Vaughn is one of the greatest Reds players of all-time based solely on the one year (1999) he played for the club. However, you won’t see him on this list because he generated a Reds career WAR of 3.4 in his only season in Cincinnati.

As an aside, we’d be remiss not to mention Dusty Baker here. Sure, Dusty didn’t play for the Reds but his contributions to the organization as a manager are immeasurable.

And now without further ado, here’s the list of the top 28 African-American Cincinnati Reds players based on Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement stat:

Originally posted at:https://ramsey.mlblogs.com/recognizing-top-28-african-american-reds-83b3d4a46516

#1 Barry Larkin (1986–2004): 70.2 WAR

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#2 Frank Robinson (1956–1965): 63.8 WAR

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#3 Joe Morgan (1972–1979): 57.8 WAR

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#4 Vada Pinson (1958–1968): 47.7 WAR

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#5 George Foster (1971–1981): 39.3 WAR

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#7 Eric Davis (1984–1991, 1996): 30.5 WAR

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#8 Ken Griffey Sr. (1973–1981, 1988–1990): 25.3 WAR

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#9 Reggie Sanders (1991–1998): 21.4 WAR

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#10 Dan Driessen (1973–1984): 18.5 WAR

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#11 Lee May (1965–1971): 15.9 WAR

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#12 Bobby Tolan (1969–1973): 13.6 WAR

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#13 Ken Griffey Jr. (2000–2008): 12.8 WAR

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#14 Kal Daniels (1986–1989): 12.4 WAR

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#15 Eddie Milner (1980–1986, 1988): 10.6 WAR

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#16 Tommy Harper (1962–1967): 9.3 WAR

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#17 Brooks Lawrence (1956–1960): 8.0 WAR

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#18 Billy Hamilton (2013-current): 8.0 WAR

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#19 Kevin Mitchell (1993–1994, 1996): 7.6 WAR

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#20 Don Newcombe (1958–1960): 6.9 WAR

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