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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.