I am a lifelong Reds fans, and the 1941 set included several players from a Cincy team that had won back-to-back pennants, including a World Championship in 1940. First sacker Frank McCormick was a big reason, earning the MVP in 1940. He, Ginger Beaumont and Rogers Hornsby are the only three players to lead the NL in hits for three consecutive seasons.
Before becoming a fairly successful major league third baseman, Bill Werber was the first basketball player from Duke University to receive All-American honors. He was also the first player ever to bat in a televised game. The 1940 World Championship over the Tigers would be the only Series win the Reds would have between 1919 and 1975.