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Reds to Retire Concepcion's Number Saturday

CINCINNATI - The uniform jersey number 13 worn from 1970-88 by Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion will be retired in ceremonies at Great American Ball Park prior to tonight's game against the Florida Marlins.

A press conference featuring Concepcion, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Sparky Anderson is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in the Crosley Room on press box level.

Each fan attending tonight's 7:10 p.m. contest will receive a commemorative replica of a painting that will be presented to Concepcion that day.

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 1983.

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, 59, 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 10 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 (1981, 1982). He was voted the Reds' MVP in 1981.

Concepcion's 13 will be displayed alongside the others below the press box behind home plate at Great American Ball Park. Retired uniform number information begins on page 402 of the media guide.

Years With Reds

CONCEPCION......................... (1970-88) 19

Larkin.......................................... (1986-04) 19

Pete Rose................... (1963-78, '84-86) 19

Bench......................................... (1967-83) 17

Perez............................ (1964-76, '84-86) 16

Games

Rose.......................................................... 2,722

CONCEPCION........................................ 2,488

Larkin........................................................ 2,180

Bench........................................................ 2,158

Perez......................................................... 1,948

At-Bats

Rose........................................................ 10,934

CONCEPCION........................................ 8,723

Larkin........................................................ 7,937

Bench........................................................ 7,658

Perez......................................................... 6,846

Hits

Rose.......................................................... 3,358

Larkin........................................................ 2,340

CONCEPCION........................................ 2,326

Bench........................................................ 2,048

Perez......................................................... 1,934

Doubles

Rose.............................................................. 601

Larkin............................................................ 441

CONCEPCION............................................ 389

Bench........................................................... 381

Pinson.......................................................... 342

Stolen Bases

Morgan......................................................... 406

Larkin............................................................ 379

CONCEPCION............................................ 321

Bescher........................................................ 320

Davis............................................................. 270

Total Bases

Rose.......................................................... 4,645

Bench........................................................ 3,644

Larkin........................................................ 3,527

Perez......................................................... 3,246

CONCEPCION........................................ 3,114

Runs

Rose.......................................................... 1,741

Larkin........................................................ 1,329

Bench........................................................ 1,091

FRobinson............................................... 1,043

CONCEPCION............................................ 993

RBI

Bench........................................................ 1,376

Perez......................................................... 1,192

Rose.......................................................... 1,036

FRobinson............................................... 1,009

Larkin............................................................ 960

CONCEPCION............................................ 950

AWARDS

National League All-Star

Bench.............................................................. 14

Rose................................................................ 13

Larkin.............................................................. 12

CONCEPCION................................................. 9

Morgan.............................................................. 8

1982 All-Star Game MVP

Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Bench................................................................ 9

CONCEPCION................................................. 5

Morgan.............................................................. 5

Geronimo.......................................................... 4

Larkin................................................................. 3

McMillan............................................................ 3

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979

The Sporting News All-Star

1974, 1976, 1981

Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards

1981, 1982

Reds' Most Valuable Player

1981


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