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1990 Reds: The Nasty Boys

With every key member of the lineup and pitching staff under 30, the 1990 World Series champion Reds looked like a dynasty in the making.

Updated: April 4, 2008, 6:26 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

The 1990 World Series shaped up as a classic David vs. Goliath battle. The big, bad A's of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Dave Stewart and Dennis Eckersley looked primed to build a dynasty by making quick work of the upstart Reds and winning their second straight World Series. Four games later, Cincinnati completed one of the most shocking World Series sweeps in history. Suddenly, an unknown, young Reds team looked like a dynasty in the making.

This wasn't a star-laden ...

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