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Past Exhibits

Bobbleheads: The Exhibit Presented by Dinsmore & Shohl

March 2016 - February 2017

In 2016, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated the bobblehead collecting phenomenon with an exhibit that highlighted the many and varied designs and styles of one of the most unique and popular promotional items ever created. Bobblehead promotions help sell out ballparks and arenas around the country. The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum's bobblehead exhibit highlighted the bobblehead craze through the display of a wide array of bobbleheads dating to the introduction of the collectible as a novelty item in the early 1960s.

Bobbleheads come in an almost limitless variety of styles and have featured as subjects athletes, movie and television stars and political figures. The exhibit featured all of the Cincinnati Reds bobbleheads that have been created as ballpark giveaways dating to the first set that was issued in 2001, plus every bobblehead issued by the Reds Hall of Fame. Along with the Reds bobbleheads, the exhibit included a selection of bobbleheads from other Major League teams as well as those from other sports and non-sports bobbleheads. Over 800 different bobbleheads were on display.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • An example of the Giants' Willie Mays bobblehead giveaway from 1999 that sparked the current bobblehead craze
  • Over two dozen sports and non-sports bobbleheads from the early-1960s, the era of origin of today's bobbles
  • An 8'-tall reproduction of the Mr. Redlegs bobblehead that was produced in the early-1960s

Art of the Game

April 2016 - May 2016

Featuring over 30 original works of art, "The Art of the Game" exhibit celebrated baseball as inspiration for artistic expression. The works of both local and national artists were on display including a collection of original sketches by renowned sports artist LeRoy Neiman.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Original sketches by Leroy Neiman on loan from the Leroy Neiman Foundation
  • A print of Andy Warhol's Pete Rose painting signed by Warhol
  • Original paintings of Pete Rose and Babe Ruth created by former Reds pitcher Brett Tomko

Stars of the Queen City: A Celebration of Reds All-Stars

February 2015 - February 2016

The Reds Hall of Fame celebrated Cincinnati's hosting of the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game with a retrospective on Reds All-Stars. The exhibit featured a game-used or period artifact from each player selected to represent the Reds in an All-Star Game dating back to the Reds' first All-Star, outfielder Chick Hafey. The exhibit also highlighted each of the four Midsummer Classics Cincinnati had hosted prior to the 2015 game and included graphic timeline of great All-Star moments in Reds history.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • A bat used by Babe Ruth, the player who hit the first home run in All-Star Game history
  • The bat used by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game
  • Glove used by Johnny Bench to catch ceremonial first pitch thrown by Sandy Koufax prior to the 2015 All-Star Game

The Tony Perez Exhibit

March 2015 - March 2016

The Tony Perez exhibit gave fans an up close and personal look at the playing career of the "Mayor of Riverfront." Complete with numerous artifacts from Perez' playing days, fans were able to see items used by the "Big Doggie" himself during his 23-year Hall of Fame career. Playing in parts of three decades, Perez was not only a fan favorite; he was an integral part of the success of the Big Red Machine. The exhibit featured items from all parts of his playing career as well as a video tribute to the Cuban-born first baseman. A graphic timeline presented significant events in the life of Perez, from his birth to the present day. The exhibit was part of the season-long celebration of Perez's career that culminated in the dedication of a statue in his honor at the entrance to Great American Ball Park in September of 2015.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Items from Perez's minor league stops at Geneva, NY and San Diego, CA
  • Game-used jersey from the 1976 season
  • Artifacts from the 1967 All-Star Game that Perez won for the National League with a home run

Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds

March 2014 - February 2015

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum honored more than 100 native Greater Cincinnatians in the exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds. Hometown Reds featured jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869 when Charlie Gould became the first Cincinnatian to play for the hometown team. The exhibit included a player mural along with a graphic map highlighting the towns in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana from which the Hometown Reds hailed.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • New York Giants jersey worn by Admiral Schlei, a Cincinnati native who had played for the Reds from 1904 - 1908
  • Display of game-used jerseys worn by 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Ken Griffey, Jr., Ron Oester and Dave Parker
  • Original interview footage from local products reflecting back on their Reds careers.


Kings of the Queen City

March 2014 - February 2015

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum showcased 145 years of Reds baseball history in the Kings of the Queen City Exhibit.

The exhibit featured a dynamic graphic timeline that emphasized the greatest moments and biggest names in Reds history and a wide range of artifacts that represented Reds history from the early days of the team in the late 19th century to the present day.

An interactive touch-screen monitor included audio clips from many notable Reds personalities featured in the exhibit, and the exhibit's companion film featured rare images, audio and video from many of the unforgettable moments in the long and storied history of the Reds.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Joey Votto's 2010 National League Most Valuable Player plaque
  • Baseball hit by Adam Dunn for the longest home run in Great American Ball Park history
  • Joe Morgan's personal copy of his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

Joe Morgan: Baseball's Greatest Second Baseman

March 2014 - February 2015

In the summer of 2013, Joe Morgan became the second Big Red Machine great honored with a statue at Great American Ball Park. The museum's exhibit tribute to Morgan's career was part of the season long celebration of the great second baseman's incomparable career. Featuring multiple items from Morgan's personal collection, the exhibit also included original interviews with Morgan's teammates and graphic that explored other great second basemen in Reds history.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Joe Morgan's 1975 and 1976 National League Most Valuable Player plaques
  • Joe Morgan's collection of All-Star Game and World Series rings
  • Joe Morgan's game-used second baseman's glove from the 1960s

Signature Reds

February 2013 - February 2014

Signature Reds exhibited the largest collection of Reds autographs ever put on public display. The exhibit was highlighted by the display of signatures of all but 15 players to have appeared in a game for the team since 1920. The majority of these signatures were displayed in frames that lined the walls in the gallery space. The display cases in the exhibit featured hundreds of additional signatures on items ranging from baseballs to bobbleheads. In addition to the Reds signatures on display, the exhibit also included a collection of autographs from some of history's most iconic athletes, entertainers and public figures. All told, Signature Reds represented one of the largest and most varied exhibitions of autographs ever assembled.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • Autographs from United States presidents including James Madison, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan
  • Autographs from each of the three Apollo 11 astronauts
  • Autographs from Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and a host of other baseball immortals

Barry Larkin: A Celebration of a Cooperstown Career

March 2012 - February 2013

In 2012, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum featured 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. Filled with rare artifacts and images and exciting highlights from his historic career, the exhibit was a fitting tribute to one of the greatest players in the long and storied history of the Cincinnati Reds.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • 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

The Big Red Machine

March 2012 - December 2012

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum highlighted the greatest era in Reds history with "The Big Red Machine," an exhibit that brought the exploits of the Machine to life like never before. Featuring rare artifacts, compelling stories, striking visuals and much more, the exhibit was an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • "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

Johnny Bench: A Celebration of Baseball's Greatest Catcher

March 2011 - February 2012

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

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

The exhibit was part of the season-long tribute to Bench that culminated in the dedication of a Johnny Bench statue at the entrance to the Hall of Fame on September 17, 2011.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • 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

2010: A Season to Remember

January 2011 - February 2012

"2010: A Season to Remember," was an exciting look back at the Reds' unforgettable 2010 Central Division Championship season that featured 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 exhibit also featured 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 larger-than-life images from the division-clinching game that immerse visitors in all of the excitement and emotion of that memorable night.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • 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

1990 Exhibit

March 2010-February 2011

The exhibit featured 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 housed dozens of artifacts and pieces of memorabilia highlighted by the last out ball from the 1990 World Series and the 1990 World Series trophy. The exhibit also included an interactive kiosk that allowed visitors to record personal interviews with Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman.

Exhibit Highlights:
  • 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

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.

The Negro Leagues and Cincinnati

Exhibit Run: April 2009 - December 2010

The Negro Leagues and Cincinnati

Cincinnati's role in the Negro League story was examined through images, period artifacts and rare film footage including a number of items loaned 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.

Exhibit Features:
  • 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

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

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 Features:
  • 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

April 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 Features:
  • 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.

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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