My oldest son and I braved the winter storm to attend Redsfest Friday night, and loaded up on autographs! I was able to obtain four players that I did not previously have, and got three more cards signed for my 1984 Topps Reds team set autograph project!
If you want to see the scans of the autographs and some photos from the event, click on through…
FOX Sports Ohio To Cover Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony During Pregame On-Field Ceremony
The official induction of Casey, Driessen, and Reilly into the Reds Hall of Fame will take place at Great American Ball Park before the 4pm Cincinnati Reds–Minnesota Twins game this Saturday, June 23rd.
FOX Sports Ohio will feature a special hour-long Reds Live pregame show starting at 3pm to cover the pregame celebration and on-field ceremonies. Marty Brennaman will be the master of ceremonies on field, and Casey and Driessen will address the ballpark crowd.
Fans can attend meet and greets with new inductees and returning Hall of Famers and alumni on Friday and Saturday at the museum. All meet and greet sessions are free with HOF & Museum admission. Those scheduled to attend (subject to change) include Jack Billingham, Leo Cardenas, Clay Carroll, Casey, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Driessen, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Wayne Granger, Tommy Helms, Lee May, Gary Nolan, Jim O’Toole, Chris Sabo and Mario Soto.
Click here for an entire schedule of the Reds Hall of Fame weekend.
When the words “Cincinnati Reds legend” are uttered, the mind usually turns to one of the all-time baseball greats that played for the team, such as Johnny Bench or Joe Morgan or Pete Rose. But as the true Reds fan knows, there are several other players that impacted the team in a positive way and have thus been inducted into the team’s local Hall of Fame. Ken Griffey, George Foster, Chris Sabo, and Jose Rijo are but a few of those players.
This past week, Dan Driessen was added to that roster of Cincinnati immortals that will forever be remembered as an important part of the Reds organization.
Driessen broke into the big leagues in 1973 and made an immediate impact, batting .301 and tying for third place in Rookie of the Year voting (behind Gary Matthews and Steve Rogers, tied with Bob Boone and Elias Sosa). In 1974 he became the regular third baseman for the team and finished the season with a respectable .281 batting average. However, with the emergence of Foster as an offensive threat, Rose was moved from the outfield to third base and Driessen found himself playing a utility role and giving the other players a rest in the World Championship years.
Following the 1976 season, Tony Perez was traded to Montreal, making room for Driessen to become the starting first baseman for the better part of the next seven-and-a-half seasons. During his twelve years of service to the Queen City, he collected 1,277 hits, 240 doubles, and posted a .271/.361/.416 line with a 115 OPS+. He led the National League in bases on balls in 1980.
Driessen’s tenure in Cincinnati ended in 1984 when he, like Perez before him, was traded to Montreal.
2012 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is scheduled for June 22-24, 2012.
Casey and Driessen were still missing from the Redsfest lineup as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, a half hour after the announcement. (I’m impatient, ok?)