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Cincinnati Reds: Past, Present and Future

Cincinnati Reds: Past, Present and Future

Cincinnati is home to the first professional baseball team in the nation, the Cincinnati Reds. Over the years, the roster of names to wear a Reds uniform include some of the greatest players ever to take the field: Frank Robinson, Ted Kluszewski, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Barry Larkin, and the list goes on and on. The Reds have won five World Series (1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990), nine National League pennants and 10 division championships, including one for the 2012 season.

The Reds, then known as the Red Stockings, played their first game on May 4, 1869, which they won 45-9 against Great Western. The team had its first permanent home at Union Grounds, near where Union Terminal stands today. The Red Stockings would play at three more fields locally before moving to fabled Crosley Field in 1912 where they would play for the next 58 years. Many of the team’s greatest moments happened there: the first professional baseball nighttime game in 1935; the first game of unmatched back-to-back no-hitters pitched by Johnny Vander Meer in 1938; and the 1963 debut of Reds legend, Pete Rose. In 1970, the team moved into a new home, Riverfront Stadium, where they played for the next 33 years.

Great American Ball Park

The Reds current home, Great American Ball Park on the Cincinnati riverfront, opened in 2003 and seats 42,271. The Ball Park complex also is home to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, which traces the team’s history. It features a number of interactive exhibitions, including a broadcasting booth where you can call the game and a pitching mound to test your ability to throw a baseball 60 feet, six inches to the plate. The latter is guaranteed to give you a deeper appreciation for those who do it for a living.

Be sure to cheer on the Reds during your visit to Cincinnati USA  and make plans to return in 2015 when the Reds host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Reds Half Price ticket offer is now available for the 2014 season.

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