Sports Journey: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

by | Apr 16, 2018 | Lloyd Brown, MLB, News |

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the oldest professional baseball teams in existence, with a history dating back to 1869. To capture all that history, they also have one of the oldest team Hall of Fames, with the inaugural members inducted in 1958. When the team was building Great American Ball Park, it was decided that a formal Hall of Fame and Museum should be constructed to celebrate the long and glorious history of the Reds.

In 2004, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum opened on the western side of the Great American Ball Park. The two-story, 16,000 square foot facility is the largest team museum in baseball and is only second to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as the largest baseball-related museum in the world.

Visitors to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum first view a video chronicling the history of the Reds organization in an area reminiscent of Historic Crosley Field. After this introduction to Reds history, fans enter the formal museum, which is made up of 10 exhibit areas covering different aspects of the Reds existence.

The first area is the Hall of Records, where Pete Rose’s record breaking 4,192 career hits are saluted. A unique feature of this exhibit is the “Rose Garden” which is the exact spot where that hit fell. It is a field of red roses, with one white rose in the middle to designate where the ball fell. The Front Office is dedicated to the owners and managers of the Reds over their existence. The area includes such familiar names as Bob Howsam, Marge Schott, and Sparky Anderson.

Sparky Anderson Statue at Reds Hall of Fame

Sparky Anderson Statue at Reds Hall of Fame, Photo by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

Cincinnati has hosted a record five All-Star games over the years, and these games are chronicled through the Stars of the Queen City exhibit.

The Reds boast a number of members in the broadcasting wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and they are also saluted in the town that made them famous. The Reds on the Radio area is designed to look like a broadcast booth, and has profiles of Hall of Fame announcers Joe Nuxhall, Marty Brennaman, and Al Michaels.

The Ultimate Reds Room is a fan cave filled with every conceivable piece of memorabilia a Reds fan would collect. The exhibit includes pennants, bobbleheads, baseball cards, photos of players, ticket stubs, and advertising using the Reds team name and logo.

The stretch of time where the team was known as the Big Red Machine is remembered in the Glory Days area. The key players in that era (Rose, Bench, Geronimo, Morgan, Conception, etc.) are saluted through a vignette of the team celebrating after one of their World Series victories.

The last area of the museum is the formal Reds Hall of Fame, which includes 85 players, managers and front office staff that helped make the Reds organization one of the most successful in organized sport. Before you leave, make sure you have your photo taken with Sparky Anderson in the full scale mockup of the Reds dugout.    

 

  • The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
  • 100 Joe Nuxhall Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  • (573)765-7923
  • Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm (hours extended to 8pm on home game nights)

 

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