In 1869, a Cincinatti team

was something that sounded like a dream

along came from the professional Red Stocking

they had a year that was shocking

they crossed the country without being beat

the Red Stockings were known to be elite

a cricket player's son named Harry Wright

made baseball a pasttime overnight

people would come and gamble on games

In 1869 they lived up to their name

Wright developed young players with ability

players threw balls with grace and agility

but in 1870 Brooklyn ended the streak

the Red Stockings now no longer unique

But their uniforms were red stockings they wore

their fifteen minutes of fame are easy to ignore

but they're a part of history, even though they're dead

the red stockings are gone, and now the sox are red.