Photoset: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame (May 6, 2013)
My wife and I took the short trip to Cincinnati yesterday to visit the Reds Hall of Fame and renew our annual membership. It’s a great place to visit, and the perks that the team gives members more than pays for the price of the package.
There are two very nice exhibits on display right now, one displaying autographs of almost everyone who ever wore a Reds uniform, and the second honors Joe Morgan, one of the greatest second basemen in history. Several photos can be found after the jump…
The “Signature Series” exhibit features every man who appeared in a game for the Reds since 1920, with the exception of fifteen guys. There were several other autographs prior to 1920 as well.
What I wouldn’t do for this edition of The Sporting News, autographed by The Great Eight and Sparky Anderson!
Dan Neville spent the final month of the 1964 season wearing a Reds uniform, but never played in a single major league game. He was a “ghost player” and the Reds Hall of Fame saw fit to include him in their exhibit.
More than just Reds items, the Hall of Fame also trotted out some presidential signatures…
…and a few pop culture items.
On to the Joe Morgan exhibit on the third floor, I think I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves…
One item that caught me by surprise was this game-used Roberto Clemente hat. Of course, Clemente never played for the Reds, but he did play his last game against the Reds. On October 11, 1972, The Great One had one hit in three at-bats in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Reds went on to lose the World Series to Oakland, but Clemente lost his life in an airplane crash during a goodwill mission to Nicaragua. His body was never recovered.
I always enjoy seeing the life-size statues of The Great Eight in the Reds Hall of Fame. I think the statue room is my kids’ favorite part also.