The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is an entity established by Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds franchise that pays homage to the team's past through displays, photographs and multimedia. It was instituted in 1958 to recognize the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. It is adjacent to Great American Ball Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Currently, the Hall of Fame section is home to 81 inductees. These inductees include players, managers & executives who were involved in Cincinnati's baseball legacy, which dates back to 1869, the year the original Cincinnati Red Stockings took the field. Inductions take place every other year.
The Reds first teamed up with the Cincinnati Chapter of Commerce in 1958 to promote the inductions, which were voted on by Reds fans. Nevertheless, no induction took place in 1985, and starting in 1989, the discontinuation of the ceremonies lasted for nine years. In 1998, Reds executive John Allen revived the inductions and turned over voting to the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which also votes annually for the team's Most Valuable Player and pitcher. The museum opened September 25, 2004, next to Great American Ball Park. It has more than 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of exhibit space on two floors and is open year-round. The museum showcases such unique items such as World Series trophies (from 1975, 1976 and 1990), the scorebook from the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings (baseball's first professional team), MVP trophies of Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a gallery of the Reds Hall of Fame plaques and other items. Rick Walls took over the role of museum executive director on August 1, 2007, for Greg Rhodes (the museum's first executive director), who remained with the Cincinnati Reds as team historian.
In 2010 The Hall featured a Pete Rose Exhibit, focusing on the playing career of baseball's all time hits leader, currently under a lifetime ban from baseball. Artifacts include: the bat and ball from hit 4192; balls from hits leading up to 4192; artifacts from the Crosley and Riverfront/Cinergy years; gloves that Rose wore playing outfield, 2nd base, 3rd base, and 1st base; a uniform shirt from Rose's High School (Western Hills – also the alma mater of major leaguers Don Zimmer, Eddie Brinkman, Russ Nixon, and others); baseball cards from Rose's career; Sports Illustrated covers of Rose; the "wall of balls" representing all 4256 of Rose's hits; and other items.
In 2009 the museum launched its Crosley Field exhibit honoring the team's former ballpark.
The Reds Hall of Fame unveiled a statue of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench on September 17, 2011. The statue of Bench, one of the stars of the Big Red Machine, features him in a throwing motion toward an imaginary second base. September 17, was the anniversary of Johnny Bench Night at Riverfront Stadium in 1983, when Bench hit a two-run, game tying home run in the third inning.
|Bold||Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Red|
|Bold||Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award|
|33||Johnny Vander Meer||P||1937–1943|
|1960||44, 47||Ewell Blackwell||P||1942, 1946–1952|
|—||Edd Roush||CF||1916–1926, 1931|
|25, 28, 29||Wally Post||RF||1949, 1951–1957|
|5, 16||Johnny Temple||2B||1952–1959, 1964|
|20||Mike McCormick||OF||1940–1943, 1946|
|1967||—||Adolfo "Dolf" Luque||P||1918–1929|
|39, 41, 43||Joe Nuxhall||P
|1975||7, 12||Smoky Burgess||C||1955–1958|
|1977||5, 28||Vada Pinson||OF||1958–1968|
|1979||19, 50||Tommy Helms||2B
|1981||16, 17||Leo Cárdenas||SS||1960–1968|
|—||Dummy Hoy||CF||1894–1897, 1902|
|2004||30||Ken Griffey, Sr.||OF||1973–1981|
|2005||44||Eric Davis||OF||1984–1991, 1996|
|17||Chris Sabo||3B||1988–1993, 1996|
|—||John Reilly||1B||1880, 1883–1891|
|2014||3, 30||Ken Griffey, Jr.||CF||2000–2008|
|2016||14||Pete Rose||OF, IF
Barry Louis Larkin (born April 28, 1964) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Larkin attended the University of Michigan, where he played college baseball. He briefly played in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut in 1986. He quickly won the starting shortstop role for the Reds and enjoyed a long run of strong seasons with the team. Larkin struggled with a string of injuries between 1997 and 2003, limiting his playing time in several seasons.
Larkin retired after the 2004 season and worked in a front office position for the Washington Nationals for several years until he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. He served as a coach for the American team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and managed the Brazilian national team in the qualifiers for the same event in 2013.
Larkin is considered one of the top players of his era, winning nine Silver Slugger awards, three Gold Glove awards, and the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player Award. He was selected to the Major League All-Star Game twelve times, and was one of the pivotal players on the 1990 Reds' World Series championship team. Larkin was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2012 and was inducted on July 22, 2012.Baseball park
A baseball park, also known as a ballpark or diamond, is a venue where baseball is played. A baseball park consists of the playing field and the surrounding spectator seating. While the diamond and the areas denoted by white painted lines adhere to strict rules, guidelines for the rest of the field are flexible.
The term "ballpark" sometimes refers either to the entire structure, or sometimes to just the playing field. A home run where the player makes it around the bases, and back to home plate, without the ball leaving the playing field is typically called an "inside-the-park" home run. Sometimes a home run ball passing over an outfield fence (when hit by a batter) is said to have been hit "out of the ballpark", but that phrase more often refers to a home run ball that cleared the stands, landing outside the building. The playing field is most often called the "ballfield", though the term is often used interchangeably with "ballpark" when referring to a small local or youth league facility.Declan Mullin
Declan Mullin was senior director of ballpark operations for the Cincinnati Reds and oversees Great American Ball Park.
Mullin is a native of Northern Ireland, is a 28-year veteran in public-assembly management. He worked in England at such facilities as the Oval Sports Center in Merseyside, which became the training site for the English Olympic Committee for track and field, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, diving, soccer and rugby. It was also the location for the movie “Chariots of Fire.”
He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in recreation and business management from the University of St. Helen’s in England.
Mullin came to the U.S. in 1988, working for Spectator Management Group and has had operational review responsibilities for the Louisiana Superdome, the Memphis Cook Convention Center, the Atlantic City Convention Center, the Pittsburgh Civic Center, Tampa Bay Ice Palace and Jacksonville Stadium. He became a United States Citizen in 1992.
Mullin was hired by the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 to manage facility and game-day operations at Cinergy Field, and has continued that position at the Reds’ new home, Great American Ball Park. Declan serves on the board of the Reds Community
Fund and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.Great American Ball Park
Great American Ball Park is a baseball stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is the home field of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. It opened in 2003, replacing Cinergy Field (formerly Riverfront Stadium), their home field from 1970 to 2002. The park's name comes from Great American Insurance Group.The ballpark hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Reds put in $5 million for improvements, which included two new bars and upgraded concession stands.Greg Rhodes
Greg Rhodes is the former Executive Director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and now serves as the Cincinnati Reds team historian. He was named to his current position in January 2007.
Rhodes has authored or co-authored six books on the Cincinnati Reds. Rhodes has twice won one of the Society for American Baseball Research's, top awards: The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award. Rhodes and Mark Stang won in 1999 with Reds in Black and White; Rhodes and John Snyder won in 2001 with Redleg Journal. Both books were published by Road West.
A native of Richmond, Indiana, Rhodes worked for the Cincinnati Historical Society from 1987 to 1992, helped plan the creation of the new history museum at the Museum Center, served as president of the board of Historic Southwest Ohio, and chaired the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). As of 2006 he is president of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club.Heinie Groh
Henry Knight "Heinie" Groh (September 18, 1889 – August 22, 1968) was an American professional baseball player. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. He was the National League's top third baseman in the late 1910s and early 1920s, and captained championship teams with the 1919 Reds and 1922 Giants. Renowned for his "bottle bat", he was an effective leadoff hitter, batting .300 four times and leading the league in doubles twice and in hits, runs and walks once each.
He led the National League in double plays six times and in fielding percentage five times, both records, and in putouts three times; his .983 fielding average in 1924 was then a major league record. He set major league records for career fielding average (.967) and double plays (278), and upon retiring ranked third in NL history in games (1299) and assists (2554) and fourth in putouts (1456) and total chances (4146) at third base.List of halls and walks of fame
A hall, wall, or walk of fame is a list of individuals, achievements, or animals, usually chosen by a group of electors, to mark their fame in their field. In some cases, these halls of fame consist of actual halls or museums which enshrine the honorees with sculptures, plaques, and displays of memorabilia and general information regarding the inducted recipients. Sometimes, the honorees' plaques may instead be posted on a wall (hence a "wall of fame") or inscribed on a sidewalk (as in a "walk of fame", walk of stars or "avenue of fame"). In other cases, the hall of fame is more figurative and simply consists of a list of names of noteworthy people and their achievements and contributions. The lists are maintained by an organization or community, and may be national, state, local, or private.List of museums in Cincinnati
This is a list of museums in Cincinnati and non-profit and university art galleries.
See also List of museums in Ohio for other museums in Hamilton County, Ohio and the rest of the state.
See also List of museums in Cleveland and List of museums in Columbus, Ohio.Mario Soto (baseball)
Mario Melvin Soto (born July 12, 1956) is a former Major League pitcher, mostly as a starter, for the Cincinnati Reds from 1977 through 1988. He currently works in the Reds' front office.Noodles Hahn
Frank George "Noodles" Hahn (April 29, 1879 – February 6, 1960) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Highlanders between 1899 and 1906. The left-hander posted a 130–94 win-loss record with 917 strikeouts and a 2.55 earned run average in 2029 1/3 innings pitched. Hahn was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 20th century. He also struck out 16 batters in a single game in 1901, the highest major league total since the 1880s.
Hahn completed veterinary school while playing for Cincinnati and he entered the profession after he retired from baseball. He worked out with the Reds on game days until he was almost 70 years old.Rosie Reds
The Rosie Reds, also known as Rosie Reds, Inc. is a philanthropic and social organization focused around the Cincinnati Reds. The organization was founded by a group of local Cincinnati women in June 1964 in response to the Reds' then-owner Bill DeWitt's proposal to move the team to San Diego. The group was formed by local residents Jeanette Heinze, Marge Zimmer, Ketty Kennedy, and Kate McIntyre, who had initially taken part in a committee formed by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce to discuss ways to prevent the team moving.The women decided that one of the ways to prevent the move was to show support for the team by showing up for games, both at home and on the road, which ended up being influential in the decision to keep the team in Cincinnati. Management for the Cincinnati Reds responded to the Rosie Reds by donating tickets to club members, sending speakers to club events, and by promoting the Rosie Reds during games. This boosted interest in membership and in 1971, during the days of The Big Red Machine, many men began requesting to join the Rosie Reds. In 2004 Tom Juengling became the president of the Rosie Reds, a position that had traditionally been held by a female member. Juengling held the position until 2006. In 2014 the Rosie Reds were honored with an exhibit in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.The name "Rosie" is an acronym for "Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest and Enthusiasm in the Cincinnati Reds". The organization annually awards baseball endowments or scholarships, along with an award of $2,500 to the Powel Crosley Junior - Kid Glove Association. The Rosie Reds also support the Annual Kid Glove games held at Great American Ball Park. The organization's mascot, named Rosie Reds, is a female anthropomorphic baseball wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform and a large bow tie. She was designed by Cincinnati Post cartoonist Clarence Wiese.Sean Casey (baseball)
Sean Thomas Casey (born July 2, 1974), nicknamed "The Mayor," is a former Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox. Casey was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game three times during his career. He is currently a broadcaster and commentator for the MLB Network.Ted Kluszewski
Theodore Bernard "Big Klu" Kluszewski (September 10, 1924 – March 29, 1988) was an American professional baseball player from 1947 through 1961. He spent most of his 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career playing for the Cincinnati Reds as a first baseman.
Kluszewski was a National League (NL) All-Star for four seasons. He had a .298 lifetime batting average, hitting over .300 seven times. In 1954, he was the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) runner-up (he had a .326 batting average, led the NL in home runs (49), RBI (141), and fielding average (.996)). In 1959, Kluszewski was traded late in the season to the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .297 and did not commit any errors in 31 games for Chicago which helped the "Go Go" White Sox of the 1950s clinch the American League pennant. In 1962, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.Tom Tsuchiya
Tom Tsuchiya also known as Norikazu (born August 3, 1972) is an American artist who creates public sculpture. He is best known for bronze sculptures for Major League Baseball and the National Football League. In 2016, Tom was commissioned by Josh Rooney, the Director of Sports & Entertainment at Matthews International to produce the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum plaque bas-reliefs for Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza.
|World Series Championships (5)|
|National League pennants (9)|
|AA pennants (1)|
|Division titles (10)|
|Minor league affiliates|
Members of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame