Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

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Editor's note: This story originally ran in July 2020. John Schutte says he will be back in the ballpark for 2021.

Baseball is a very ear-friendly sport. There's the crack of the bat, the sound of a fastball hitting leather and the roar of the crowd. There might not be fans in America's ballparks as this COVID-shortened season starts - which just might make sound all the more important. Bill Rinehart has more about the organist for the Cincinnati Reds in this chapter of OKI Wanna Know.

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The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is making the most of its time during the COVID-19 closure, putting its collection online and uploading instructional videos from current and former players.

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A traveling exhibit on baseball's Negro Leagues is now open at the Reds Hall of Fame. Executive Director Rick Walls says because there aren't many artifacts from the league, which existed until Major League Baseball was fully integrated, "Shades of Greatness" is a collection of artworks. Walls says he wants people to come away from the exhibit with a sense of "what if?"

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The Cincinnati Reds are preparing to honor the team's legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman in a series of September events as he wraps up 46 years on the Cincinnati radio airwaves.

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The Cincinnati Reds start their 150th season as a professional team Thursday, but you'll have to wait to visit their museum. The Reds Hall of Fame will reopen Friday after a top-to-bottom overhaul. Executive Director Rick Walls says it was a challenge redoing the 16,000 square foot museum.

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Get an audio tour of the renovated Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on WVXU's Around Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Rick Walls, Hall of Fame executive director, reveals details about the first major upgrade for the Reds' celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Red Stockings, baseball's first all professional team.  

After several months closed for renovation and the installation of new technologies and exhibits, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is ready to re-open, appropriately enough, on Opening Day, March 28. 

A perfect way to gear up for the upcoming Cincinnati Reds season is to check out Road Trip, an exhibition from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, now on display at the Fitton Center for the Arts in Hamilton.  John Kiesewetter (who reviewed the exhibit on his Media Beat

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Next year will be a big one for the Cincinnati Reds. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the club, the first professional baseball team. The Reds announced a slew of visuals, activities, special uniforms, projects and giveaways to celebrate the anniversary Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

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The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is about to get its first major makeover since opening in 2004.

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And this one belongs to Marty!  I recently heard Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman  give his overview of the 2018 Reds, and I thought Reds fans would want to read it.

Brennaman spoke to the Joe Nuxhall Chapter of the Reds Hall Of Fame and Museum in Hamilton. He starts his 45th season on Reds radio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on WLW-AM. It's quite long, but here's how he sizes up the team:

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The "Reds Hot Stove League" call-in show returns for the off-season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, after years of airing Tuesday nights on WLW-AM (700).

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Our unofficial holiday, Opening Day in Cincinnati, is just one week away. Joining us to discuss how the Reds will perform this season are Hal McCoy  with the Dayton Daily News; sports writer John Erardi; Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes; and WVXU reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson

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Reds legend Pete Rose thanked Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for the opportunity to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.  “Regardless of what you may have read, or what you believe in, I got along with the commissioner.  He was a great guy. He didn’t rule the way I wanted him to rule, but that’s life. For him to go out of his way to let us do this, I pat him on the back,” Rose says.

    

After a long battle with cancer, Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Jim O'Toole passed away Saturday at the age of 78. 

The left-handed starter was a mainstay of the Reds' rotation in the 1960s; and the Chicago native stayed in Cincinnati after his pitching career, where he and his wife raised 11 children. 

In March, WVXU's Howard Wilkinson recorded an appreciation of O'Toole for Around Cincinnati when he was named Grand Marshal of Cincinnati's 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade. You can listen to it here. 

Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim O’Toole has been named Honorary Grand Marshall for Cincinnati’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our Howard Wilkinson talks about Jim O’Toole: the character, competitor and storyteller.

In a sports writing career covering half a century, Hal McCoy crowns his own Hall of Fame career with his latest book, “The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.” The memoir of the team gives fans an inside-the-dugout look that never made the daily press. Veteran sports writer Hal McCoy and WVXU political reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the book, Hal McCoy'’s years covering the Reds, and what really happened to Sparky.

A video tribute to Cincinnati Reds All-Stars

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It has been the dream of millions of youngsters for generations - to grow up and don the uniform of a Major League ballplayer.

It's a dream that comes true for only a small sliver of those millions - and even fewer achieve the honor that comes with being named to baseball's All-Star Game.

The 86th Major League Baseball All Star game will take place July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

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With Major League Baseball's All Star Game coming to Great American Ball Park in July, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum has opened an exhibit honoring the 100 Reds who have been members of National League All Star teams.

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Government offices and banks were closed for Presidents' Day.  But the Reds Hall of Fame was still open, and education manager Ken Freeman says American Presidents have had a lengthy connection with Major League Baseball.

The first sitting President to attend a baseball game was North Bend, Ohio native Benjamin Harrison, in 1892.  (The Reds beat the Senators, 7-4, in 11 innings.)

The Reds Hall of Fame heads into a busy weekend celebrating its 2014 class.  Ken Griffey Junior, Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late John Beckley will be inducted into the hall Saturday evening during on-field ceremonies before the Reds play the Marlins.

Reds Hall of Fame  Executive Director Rick Walls compares the annual induction celebration to the Super Bowl or the World Series for the museum:

Four former Reds’ greats, three with Cincinnati roots, will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame next month: Dave Parker, Ron Oester, Ken Griffey, Jr. and veteran selection Jake Beckley.  Howard Wilkinson previews all the events surrounding the August 8-10 induction weekend with Executive Director Rick Walls of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

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The Reds started the first professional baseball team in 1869, so without a doubt there's a lot of history surrounding them. The Reds Hall of Fame opens an exhibit today, Kings of the Queen City, which showcases the team's greatest moments and biggest names.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a graphic timeline covering 145 years of Reds history.  The timeline also has an interactive touch-screen screen monitor with audio and video clips.

Reds honor Joe Morgan this weekend

Sep 6, 2013
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All the Reds players who made up the Great Eight will be taking part in the dedication ceremonies for the new Joe Morgan statue at Great American Ball Park this weekend. 

Reds Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls says Morgan was one of the last players to join the famed starting eight on the Big Red Machine of the 1970's.

"Joe was one of the final pieces that came in '72 in the trade with Cesar Geronimo," said Walls.  "So the last two starting members came in, that kind of solidified that group, and when that group of eight played together it was so special."

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the five former players nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, and it’s time for fans to cast their votes. Howard Wilkinson welcomes Rick Walls from the Hall into the studio to talk about the voting process and this year’s nominees: Jeff Brantley, John Franco, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr., and Reggie Sanders.

Summer exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame

Jun 28, 2013

Chris Eckes, the operations manager and chief curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about a couple of the current exhibitions, including the salute to Joe Morgan and the display of autographs from the entire history of the ball club, and the few that have eluded him.

Behind the scenes look at new Reds statue

May 22, 2013
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The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan.  Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya  is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio. 

If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work.  He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench.  He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe. 

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Mar 29, 2013

With Opening Day on Monday, visitors to Great American Ball Park should also plan time to check out some of the new exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. HOF Executive Director Rick Walls is in the studio with Mark Heyne to talk about the autograph exhibition, and the salute to Joe Morgan display that will culminate in the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue on Crosley Terrace later this season.


Last year The Cincinnati Reds won 97 games and were the National League Central Division champions. But the team went on to give up a two-game series lead in the playoffs to lose to the Giants.  

Join us Thursday March 28 at 9:20, as we discuss what’s in store for the Reds this season, and take a look at Opening Day events. You can send your questions or comments to impact@wvxu.org. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.

Reds highlight Joe Morgan

Mar 12, 2013
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A new exhibit looks at the career of a Reds player many baseball experts consider the best second baseman in the history of the game.  Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Walls said the  Joe Morgan exhibit that started Tuesday is part of a season-long celebration of his baseball career.

"I think it's an inspiring story because Joe was once deemed to small to play," said Walls.  "I think he carries a little chip on his shoulder with that and wants to prove people wrong.  He did it his entire career."

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