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The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is an entity established by Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds franchise that pays homage to the team's past through displays, photographs and multimedia. It was instituted in 1958 to recognize the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. It is adjacent to Great American Ball Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Currently, the Hall of Fame section is home to 81 inductees. These inductees include players, managers & executives who were involved in Cincinnati's baseball legacy, which dates back to 1869, the year the original Cincinnati Red Stockings took the field. Inductions take place every other year.

History

The Reds first teamed up with the Cincinnati Chapter of Commerce in 1958 to promote the inductions, which were voted on by Reds fans. Nevertheless, no induction took place in 1985, and starting in 1989, the discontinuation of the ceremonies lasted for nine years. In 1998, Reds executive John Allen revived the inductions and turned over voting to the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which also votes annually for the team's Most Valuable Player and pitcher. The museum opened September 25, 2004, next to Great American Ball Park. It has more than 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of exhibit space on two floors and is open year-round. The museum showcases such unique items such as World Series trophies (from 1975, 1976 and 1990), the scorebook from the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings (baseball's first professional team), MVP trophies of Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a gallery of the Reds Hall of Fame plaques and other items. Rick Walls took over the role of museum executive director on August 1, 2007, for Greg Rhodes (the museum's first executive director), who remained with the Cincinnati Reds as team historian.

Past exhibits

In 2010 The Hall featured a Pete Rose Exhibit, focusing on the playing career of baseball's all time hits leader, currently under a lifetime ban from baseball. Artifacts include: the bat and ball from hit 4192; balls from hits leading up to 4192; artifacts from the Crosley and Riverfront/Cinergy years; gloves that Rose wore playing outfield, 2nd base, 3rd base, and 1st base; a uniform shirt from Rose's High School (Western Hills – also the alma mater of major leaguers Don Zimmer, Eddie Brinkman, Russ Nixon, and others); baseball cards from Rose's career; Sports Illustrated covers of Rose; the "wall of balls" representing all 4256 of Rose's hits; and other items.

In 2009 the museum launched its Crosley Field exhibit honoring the team's former ballpark.

The Reds Hall of Fame unveiled a statue of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench on September 17, 2011. The statue of Bench, one of the stars of the Big Red Machine, features him in a throwing motion toward an imaginary second base. September 17, was the anniversary of Johnny Bench Night at Riverfront Stadium in 1983, when Bench hit a two-run, game tying home run in the third inning.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame members

Key
Year Year inducted
Bold Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
dagger
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Red
Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award
Year No. Inductee Position Tenure
1958 30 Derringer, PaulPaul Derringer P 1933–1942
4 Lombardi, ErnieErnie Lombardidagger C 1932–1941
10 McCormick, FrankFrank McCormick 1B 1934–1945
33 Vander Meer, JohnnyJohnny Vander Meer P 1937–1943
1946–1949
31 Walters, BuckyBucky Walters P/3B
Manager
1938–1948
1948–1949
1959 24 Goodman, IvalIval Goodman RF 1935–1942
18 Rixey, EppaEppa Rixeydagger P 1921–1933
1960 44, 47 Blackwell, EwellEwell Blackwell P 1942, 1946–1952
Roush, EddEdd Roushdagger CF 1916–1926, 1931
1961 11 Frey, LonnyLonny Frey 2B/SS 1938–1946
18 Werber, BillyBilly Werber 3B 1939–1941
1962 Critz, HughieHughie Critz 2B 1924–1930
Hargrave, BubblesBubbles Hargrave C 1921–1928
18 Kluszewski, TedTed Kluszewski 1B
Coach
1947–1957
1970–1978, 1983
1963 Bressler, RubeRube Bressler LF/P 1917–1927
23 Craft, HarryHarry Craft CF 1937–1942
Groh, HeinieHeinie Groh 3B 1913–1921
Hahn, NoodlesNoodles Hahn P 1899–1905
1964 25 Bell, GusGus Bell OF 1953–1961
Donohue, PetePete Donohue P 1921–1930
1965 1 Hutchinson, FredFred Hutchinson Manager 1959–1964
Kopf, LarryLarry Kopf SS 1916–1917
1919–1921
12 Lucas, RedRed Lucas P 1926–1933
25, 28, 29 Post, WallyWally Post RF 1949, 1951–1957
1960–1963
5, 16 Temple, JohnnyJohnny Temple 2B 1952–1959, 1964
1966 Daubert, JakeJake Daubert 1B 1919–1924
20 McCormick, MikeMike McCormick OF 1940–1943, 1946
12 Myers, BillyBilly Myers SS 1935–1940
1967 Luque, DolfDolf Luque P 1918–1929
1 McKechnie, BillBill McKechniedagger 3B
Manager
1916–1917
1938–1946
1968 Crawford, SamSam Crawford OF 1899–1902
39, 41, 43 Nuxhall, JoeJoe Nuxhall P
Broadcaster
1944, 1952–1960
1962–1966
1967–2007
1969 Giles, WarrenWarren Giles President/GM 1937–1951
1970 31 O'Toole, JimJim O'Toole P 1958–1966
1971 11 McMillan, RoyRoy McMillan SS 1951–1960
1972 18 Coleman, GordyGordy Coleman 1B 1960–1967
1973 46 Maloney, JimJim Maloney P 1960–1970
1974 37 Purkey, BobBob Purkey P 1958–1964
1975 7, 12 Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess C 1955–1958
1976 46 Lawrence, BrooksBrooks Lawrence P 1956–1960
1977 5, 28 Pinson, VadaVada Pinson OF 1958–1968
1978 20 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson OF 1956–1965
1979 19, 50 Helms, TommyTommy Helms 2B
Manager
1964–1971
1988–1989
1980 36 Carroll, ClayClay Carroll P 1968–1975
1981 16, 17 Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas SS 1960–1968
1982 37 Granger, WayneWayne Granger P 1969–1971
1983 38 Nolan, GaryGary Nolan P 1967–1977
1984 43 Billingham, JackJack Billingham P 1972–1977
1986 5 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Benchdagger C 1967–1983
1987 8 Morgan, JoeJoe Morgandagger 2B 1972–1979
1988 24 Lynch, JerryJerry Lynch OF 1957–1963
1998 24 Pérez, TonyTony Pérezdagger 1B
Manager
1964–1976
1984–1986
1993
Seymour, CyCy Seymour OF/P 1902–1906
2000 10 Anderson, SparkySparky Andersondagger Manager 1970–1978
13 Concepción, DaveDave Concepción SS 1970–1988
2001 Ewing, BobBob Ewing OF/P 1902–1909
36 Soto, MarioMario Soto P 1977–1988
2002 35 Gullett, DonDon Gullett P 1970–1976
McPhee, BidBid McPheedagger 2B 1882–1899
2003 15 Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster LF 1971–1981
Hoy, DummyDummy Hoy CF 1894–1897, 1902
2004 30 Griffey Sr., KenKen Griffey Sr. OF 1973–1981
1988–1990
Howsam, BobBob Howsam GM 1967–1977
White, WillWill White P 1878–1880
1882–1886
2005 44 Davis, EricEric Davis OF 1984–1991, 1996
27 Rijo, JoséJosé Rijo P 1988–1995
2001–2002
Wright, GeorgeGeorge Wright SS 1869–1870
Wright, HarryHarry Wright CF/Manager 1866–1870
2006 32 Browning, TomTom Browning P 1984–1994
23 May, LeeLee May 1B 1965–1971
41 Seaver, TomTom Seaver P 1977–1982
2008 20 Gerónimo, CésarCésar Gerónimo CF 1972–1980
Herrmann, AugustAugust Herrmann President 1902–1927
30 Jay, JoeyJoey Jay P 1961–1966
11 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkindagger SS 1986–2004
2010 34 Borbón, PedroPedro Borbón P 1970–1979
17 Sabo, ChrisChris Sabo 3B 1988–1993, 1996
Mullane, TonyTony Mullane P 1886–1893
2012 21 Casey, SeanSean Casey 1B 1998–2005
22 Driessen, DanDan Driessen 1B 1973–1984
Reilly, JohnJohn Reilly 1B 1880, 1883–1891
2014 3, 30 Griffey Jr., KenKen Griffey Jr. CF 2000–2008
39 Parker, DaveDave Parker RF 1984–1987
16 Oester, RonRon Oester 2B 1978–1990
Beckley, JakeJake Beckley 1B 1897–1903
2016 14 Rose, PetePete Rose OF, IF
Manager
1963–1978
1984–1986
1984–1989
2018 44 Dunn, AdamAdam Dunn LF/1B 2001–2008
32 Norman, FredFred Norman P 1973–1979
4 Bristol, DaveDave Bristol Manager 1966–1969
2020 Brennaman, MartyMarty Brennaman Broadcaster 1974–2019
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