The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Dinsmore is continuing its 2021 bobblehead series in August with Reds Hall of Famer John Alexander “Bid” McPhee.
The 1882 season not only marked the first pennant for the Reds franchise but also the start of one of the most illustrious careers of any player to wear a Reds uniform -- that of “Bid” McPhee.
Upon his retirement after the 1899 season, McPhee ranked first in nearly every statistical category in the Reds’ record book, establishing career totals that would stand for more than half a century.
McPhee led his league (the Reds moved from the American Association to the National League in 1890) in fielding percentage nine times (never finishing lower than third in any of his 18 seasons); putouts, eight times; and assists, six times. At the plate, he was also among league leaders in walks, stolen bases and triples multiple times.
McPhee’s defensive prowess is even more impressive considering that, as his career progressed, more and more of his contemporaries adopted the use of gloves. McPhee remained steadfastly “gloveless” until his career was almost at an end.
Bid McPhee was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Reds Hall of Fame in 2002.
The bobblehead, presented by Dinsmore, is free with regular-price paid admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum (or a Great American Ball Park tour) beginning Saturday, July 3rd at 10 a.m. and will be available Saturdays and Sundays throughout July, while supplies last.
Only 4,000 bobbleheads were produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.
The bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore, will run through September with a different Hall of Famer available each month:
• May: William “Dummy” Hoy (available with membership only)
• June: Brooks Lawrence (available with membership only)
• July: Frank “Noodles” Hahn (available with membership only)
• August: Bid McPhee
• September: Dolf Luque
Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is $12 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, FREE for children 12 and under, courtesy of the H.C.S. Foundation, and FREE for active military/veterans, courtesy of the Sargent Family Foundation.
The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the museum as a member. To become a member, please visit RedsMuseum.org for more information or call (513) 765-7926.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The newly renovated Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 89 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. Plan your visit at www.RedsMuseum.org.