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Past Exhibits

Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin: A Celebration of a Cooperstown Career

Exhibit Run: March 2012 - February 2013

In 2012, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum features a special exhibit on the life and career of Barry Larkin in celebration of the Cincinnati native's election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Featuring rare artifacts and images and exciting highlights from his historic career, the exhibit is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest players in the long and storied history of the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Game-used home and road jerseys from Larkin's debut season in 1986
  • Game-used jersey, bat and home run ball from Larkin's MVP season in 1995
  • Game-used batting helmet
  • Original Moeller High School yearbooks featuring Larkin
2010: Season to Remember

2010: A Season to Remember

Exhibit Run: January 2011 - February 2012

"2010: A Season to Remember," an exciting look back at the Reds' unforgettable 2010 Central Division Championship season features the first public display of the ball Jay Bruce hit for a home run that clinched the Division for the Reds on September 28, 2010.

The new exhibit also features game-used jerseys from each player who appeared in a game for the Reds in 2010 along with the jerseys of manager Dusty Baker and his coaching staff, a champagne bottle from the clubhouse celebration following the division-clinching game, numerous game-used bats and other equipment, a nine-minute-long film that recaps the season and a special tribute to 2010 National League MVP Joey Votto. The artifacts are enlivened with a series of large-than-life images from the division-clinching game that immerse visitors in all of the excitement and emotion of that memorable night.

  • Jay Bruce's division-clinching home run ball and batting gloves
  • Champagne bottle from the clubhouse celebration
  • Baseball from Aroldis Chapman's Major League debut
  • Reds' dugout bat rack that was removed from the dugout after the 2010 season
Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench: A Celebration of Baseball's Greatest Catcher

Exhibit Run: March 2011 - February 2012

A tribute to the incomparable career of career of the Hall of Fame catcher, the year-long exhibition follows the arc of Bench's career from the sandlots of Oklahoma to stadiums around the major leagues.

The exhibit explores Bench's career through a host of rare, never-before-seen artifacts, many of which originate from Bench's personal collection. In addition, video and audio elements will take visitors back in time to see how Bench and his Big Red Machine teammates unleashed their formidable talents on the opposition.

  • Bench's first Reds uniform from spring training in 1966
  • The ball Bench hit for a game-tying home run in Game Five of the 1972 NLCS
  • Bench's Anadarko, OK, little league uniform
  • A complete collection of game-used St. Patrick's Day green catcher's gear worn by Bench
  • The largest collection of Bench baseball cards ever put on public display
Big Red Machine

The Big Red Machine

Exhibit Run: March 2012 - December 2012

In 2012, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum highlights the greatest era in Reds history with "The Big Red Machine," a new exhibit presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP that brings the exploits of the Machine to life like never before. Featuring rare artifacts, compelling stories, striking visuals and much more, the exhibit is an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages. The exhibit will run throughout the baseball season.

  • "Great Eight" display featuring a game-used jersey, cap and bat from each member of the Big Red Machine's vaunted starting lineup
  • Jersey worn by Pete Rose when he collected his 3000th hit in 1978
  • Johnny Bench's 1975 and 1976 World Series rings
  • Cold-weather parka worn by manager Sparky Anderson
1990 Exhibit

1990 Exhibit

Exhibit Run: March 2010-February 2011

A special exhibit celebrating the 1990 World Champion Reds occupies the Museum first-floor Changing Exhibits Gallery. The exhibit features recreations of the Riverfront Stadium scoreboard, a graphic timeline of that unforgettable season, a wall of jerseys to represent each player and coach to appear in uniform for the Reds in 1990 and a recreation of Riverfront Stadium in which display cases house dozens of artifacts and pieces of memorabilia highlighted by the last out ball from the 1990 World Series and the 1990 World Series trophy. There is also an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to record personal interviews with Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman.

  • Last out ball from 1990 World Series
  • 1990 World Series trophy
  • Champagne-stained jersey worn by Nasty Boy Norm Charlton during World Series victory celebration
  • Marge Schott's personal World Series trophy and ring
  • Jersey wall featuring game-used jersey from each player and coach on the 1990 Reds
The Negro Leagues and Cincinnati

The Negro Leagues and Cincinnati

Exhibit Run: April 2009 - December 2010

Cincinnati's role in the Negro League story is examined through images, period artifacts and rare film footage including a number of items on loan to the Reds Hall of Fame from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown as well as artifacts from the Cincinnati-hosted 2009 and 2010 Major League Baseball Civil Rights Games.

  • Film footage from a Negro Leagues game played at Crosley Field
  • Game-used bats from Negro Leagues veterans Hank Aaron and Willie Mays
  • Original advertising flyers for Cincinnati Clowns games from the 1930s
  • Autograph panels signed by over 100 Negro Leagues veterans

Crosley Field Remembered

Exhibit Run: April 2009 - February 2010

Crosley Field Remembered

A look back at the beloved ballpark that served as the home of the Reds from 1912 - 1970. The story of Crosley Field was told through images, one-of-a-kind artifacts, video presentations and a special soundtrack that recreated the unique sounds of a game day at Crosley. Visitors were able to set the Reds' lineup for the day on an 8-foot-tall replica of a portion of the massive Crosley Field scoreboard and also experience the feeling of going uphill to chase a fly ball on the Hall of Fame's recreation of the famous Crosley Field outfield terrace.

Exhibit Features:
  • Remnants of Crosley Field's glass backstop, wooden foul line and outfield wall.
  • The Crosley Field organ.
  • Crosley Field ticket and gate signs.
  • A special tribute to the 1956 Reds that included a period game-used bat from each member of that memorable team's starting lineup.
  • A 16-ft-tall graphic recreation of the Crosley Field scoreboard as it appeared in 1967.

Cincinnati's Reds/Reds Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Exhibit Run: April 2008 - February 2009

Reds Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Since 1869, the Reds have been a cherished part of the cultural and emotional fabric of Cincinnati. As the city has grown and developed, as it has confronted tides of social and economic change, the Reds have been a welcome constant. Devotion to the Reds has united generations of Cincinnatians like nothing else. The city celebrates the team's victories, mourns its failures, reveres its past and looks with hope to its future.

It is this bond between the city and the Reds that led the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce to join with the club in the establishment of the Reds Hall of Fame fifty years ago. Since the Hall of Fame's creation, 75 men have been honored with induction. They include not only some of the finest players ever to play the game but some of the game's greatest innovators as well, individuals that helped to create the game that has became the National Pastime.

The achievements of the members of the Reds Hall of Fame touch every era of Reds history. Their exploits solidified and enhanced the tie between the city and the team, a still thriving union that is celebrated anew each season.

Ultimately, the story of the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Hall of Fame is the story of a love affair between a city and its team. If you are a Reds fan, it is the story of your team. If you are a Cincinnatian, it is the story of your team and your city. It is the story of Cincinnati's Reds.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • A game used or period artifact for each of the 75 Reds Hall of Fame inductees through 2008.
  • A nearly 80-ft long graphic timeline that featured key moments in Reds history and juxtaposed them with key moments in Cincinnati and world history.
  • A 16-ft-tall team photo wall that included an oversized recreation of artist Bill Purdom's painting of the Reds Hall of Fame team photo, an image that depicted each member of the Reds Hall of Fame in period uniform, assembled on the field at Great American Ball Park.

The Ol' Lefthander/Joe Nuxhall Exhibit

Exhibit Run: March 2008 - February 2009

The Ol' Lefthander/Joe Nuxhall Exhibit

He was a local boy who became a star athlete; a phenom who made the major leagues at age 15. He was an All-Star pitcher who played sixteen years in the major leagues. He was a radio broadcaster who painted the picture of Reds baseball games for countless listeners over four decades. He was a Cincinnati icon, beloved by all who knew him or knew of him.

Most of all, he was one of us. A son and brother. A husband and father. A neighbor, a fan and a friend … Our friend.

Our Old Lefthander. Our Nuxy. Our Joe.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Dozens of plaques, awards, images and game-used items from the personal collection of the Nuxhall family including Joe's Reds Hall of Fame plaque, a pair of his cleats from his years of pitching batting practice, his complete scorebook from the 1987 season, his caps from the time he spent with the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the minor league San Diego Padres.
  • The microphone Joe used during his last years as a Reds broadcaster.
  • A memorial wall graphic that displayed quotes from Reds fans about their feelings for Joe following his death.
  • A 15-minute long tribute film created specifically for this exhibit that included archival footage from Joe's career and filmed remembrances from former teammates and longtime broadcast partner Marty Brennaman.

PETE: The Exhibit

Exhibit Run: March 2007 - February 2008

PETE: The Exhibit

The first name has long been enough. Say "Pete" in Cincinnati and you have to be talking about Peter Edward Rose, the local boy who took a bit of natural skill and worked and willed himself into becoming one of the greatest baseball players the game has ever known.

For generations of Cincinnatians, watching Pete Rose play baseball helped make them Reds fans, instilling in them a passion for the club that has never wavered. He was the captain of the greatest Reds team ever fielded and established records that likely will never be broken. He did it all with a style of play that combined joyful exuberance and fearsome intensity in a way not seen before or since.

Indeed, many men have worn the uniform of the Cincinnati Reds but no one ever wore it quite like Pete Rose and it is all but assured that no one ever will again.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Bat used by Pete to break Ty Cobb's all-time hit record along with the record-breaking hit ball.
  • The largest collection of 4000+ hit baseballs known to exist.
  • The uniform Pete wore the night he joined the 3000 hit club.
  • Pete's World Series rings from 1975, 1976 and 1980.
  • The glove used by Pete during his rookie season in 1963.

Edd Roush and the 1919 World Series

Exhibit Run: May 2006 - February 2008

Edd Roush and the 1919 World Series

They were led by a fierce competitor who was one of the best players of his time.

They were underdogs who upset an "unbeatable" team in the World Series.

Their victory was tainted when key members of the opposition were banned from baseball for throwing games during the Series.

Their leader never wavered in his belief that the better team had won.

They were the Cincinnati Reds of 1919.

This is their story.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • The last out ball from the 1919 World Series.
  • Edd Roush's 1919 World Series championship stickpin.
  • Sherry Magee's game-used hat.
  • Rube Bressler's game-used glove.
  • The 1919 film featuring footage from the 1919 World Series and excerpts of an extended interview with Edd Roush recorded by author Lawrence Ritter for his classic book, "The Glory of Their Times."

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