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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Reds to retire Concepcion's 13

This is richly deserved. Hopefully, it will help get him some more Hall of Fame votes. Here's the release from the Reds:

Reds To Retire Dave Concepcion's Uniform Number

CINCINNATI - The uniform jersey number 13 worn from 1970 through 1988 by Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion will be retired in ceremonies at Great American Ball Park prior to the Saturday, July 28 game against the Chicago Cubs.

At its meeting last week, the board of directors of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum voted unanimously to retire the uniform number of the Venezuelan native. Each fan attending the 7:10 p.m. game will receive a commemorative replica of a painting that will be presented to Concepcion that day.

"He was the best shortstop of his era and certainly one of the greatest in the history of our storied franchise," said Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. "Number 13 deserves to hang next to the uniform jerseys of Bench and Morgan and Perez."

Concepcion's 13 will be the ninth number retired by the Reds, joining Fred Hutchinson’s 1, Johnny Bench’s 5, Joe Morgan’s 8, Sparky Anderson's 10, Ted Kluszewski’s 18, Frank Robinson’s 20, Tony Perez’ 24 and Jackie Robinson’s 42. Concepcion was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000.

As the starting shortstop on the Big Red Machine, Concepcion was teammates with Bench, Morgan and Perez under manager Anderson on a club that from 1970-78 went 863-586 (.596) and won five National League West Division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships. The ‘75 and ‘76 Reds combined to go 210-114 (.629) and became the National League’s first franchise in 54 years to win consecutive World Series titles. Concepcion was named team captain in 1973.

With 8,723 at bats in 2,488 games Concepcion ranks second in club history in both categories behind Pete Rose. Since 1900, he ranks among the franchise's all-time leaders in hits (2,326; 3rd), doubles (389; 3rd), stolen bases (321; 3rd), run scored (993; 5th), total bases (3,114; 5th) and RBI (950; 6th).

Concepcion, 58, was a 9-time National League All-Star, fourth-most in club history (Bench 14, Rose 13, Larkin 12), and his 5 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are second only to Bench's 9 Gold Gloves. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1982 All-Star Game, 3 times was a The Sporting News All-Star and twice won Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. He was voted the Reds' MVP in 1981.

"By virtue of his 19-year career with the Reds, a claim to being the best shortstop of his era and his overall place in Reds history, Dave Concepcion richly deserves this honor, one that rightfully is reserved for those very few players whose careers truly represent extraordinary accomplishment," said Greg Rhodes, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.


at 12:14 PM Anonymous Cris from Cal. said...

Davey Concepcion...#13. Yes!!! What more needs to be said? NOTHING.

at 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's fine to retire Davey's number. But when are the Reds going to retire Pete's number?

at 12:39 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Good move and well deserving as well. Now that it appears Mr.Selig has softened a bit by allowing Rose's memoribilia to be displayed at the Reds HOF, how about working on officially retiring #14 ASAP!!

at 12:50 PM Blogger Scott in NC said...

Good for Davey, and good for Bob Castellini for doing this.

at 1:28 PM Blogger ScottyJ said...

Very richly deserved indeed, John.

Hopefully your right about getting Davey more HOF votes too. He deserves that honor as well.

at 4:02 PM Anonymous jonny b*@ch said...

can't you just let davey enjoy his day w/o al the pete rose controversey. he deserves. just relax. rose will have his day.

at 4:30 PM Blogger Pat said...

Here's were being on a team with so many HOF hurts. I think if Concepcion wasn't surrounded by Perez,Rose,Morgan and Bench he would be in the hall already. The careers of Griffey sr and Geronimo would be seen in a better light too.

All of these men should be extremely proud of their on field accomplishments.

arizona reds fan

at 7:22 PM Blogger glenn said...

I think the bigger honor for Concepcion is that most Venezuelan-born shortstops and several other Venezuelan-born players wear the number #13 because of him.

I always hoped that the Reds would hold a special joint tribute for Barry Larkin, Davey C, Leo Cardenas and the late Roy McMillan to retire all their numbers together. 50+ Years: 4 All-Star shortstops. I'd fly back to Cincinnati for that ceremony.

at 7:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for davey... what about retiring the other great reds shortstop hometown boy #11 barry larkin

at 7:48 PM Blogger tom dunne said...

I disagree with the calls for Cooperstown. Concepcion hit as well as well as Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel, but earned less than half as many Gold Gloves. Awards aren't everything, but if defense is your claim to fame, you need more hardware than that.

Davey actually referred to Brooks Robinson in that article when making his case for the Hall... That's just silly.

at 8:51 PM Blogger Mark said...

It will be real nice to see a #13 hanging at the ballpark.
Top 3 Reds Shortstops ever:
1. Davey Concepcion (perfected the one bounce throw to 1st)
2. Barry Larkin (may head for the Hall before #13)
3. Roy McMillan

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