Signature Reds: A Century of Reds Autographs Presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
In 2013, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum examines the extraordinary history of autographs in "Signature Reds" presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, a special exhibit that explores the autograph phenomenon through the prism of Reds baseball. Highlighted by the display of autographs from virtually every player to wear a Reds uniform since 1920, "Signature Reds" will immerse visitors in the world of autograph collecting while taking them on an unforgettable journey through the last eight decades of Reds history. From superstars to journeymen to players whose careers were measured in single games rather than seasons, "Signature Reds" will include them all. "Signature Reds" will present the largest assemblage of Reds autographs ever made available for public display.
The Joe Morgan Exhibit
Second baseman Joe Morgan was the spark that ignited the engine of the Big Red Machine to the pinnacle of the baseball world in the 1970s. Arriving in Cincinnati in 1972 in a blockbuster trade with Houston, Morgan was crucial to the five division championships, three National League pennants and two world Championships the Reds won during the World Championship seasons of 1975 and 1976. Morgan was the league's MVP in each of this world title seasons, an unprecedented feat in the long and illustrious history of the Reds. An All-Star in each of his eight seasons in a Reds uniform and a Gold Glove winner each season from 1973-1977, Morgan was the definition of a complete player, combining speed, power and superlative defense like no second baseman the game had ever seen. A first ballot inductee to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, Morgan received the highest individual honor a club can bestow when his uniform number 8 was retired by the Reds in 1998.
In 2013, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum honors Joe Morgan with a special exhibit that examines the many highlights of his illustrious career. Featuring game-used equipment, rare photographs and memorabilia and items from Joe's personal collection, the exhibit shines a light on the player who many historians consider to be the best second baseman in the history of the game.
The Joe Morgan Exhibit is part of a season-long celebration of Joe's great career that culminates with the dedication on September 7 of the Joe Morgan Statue. With the unveiling of his statue, Joe's name will be added to the short list of iconic players in Reds history to be so honored. To be located on Crosley Terrace at Great American Ball Park, Joe's statue will becomes the latest statue addition to the home of the Reds, joining statues dedicated previously to Johnny Bench, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson.
History in the Making
This celebration of the exploits of today's Reds features rare, game-used jerseys, bats, gloves and other equipment worn during the careers of Reds stars like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman and Bronson Arroyo and will be home to items of historical significance acquired by the museum throughout the 2013 season.
Reds Baseball Cards from the 19th Century to Today
A retrospective of Reds baseball cards from the earliest tobacco issues of the 19th century to cards issued in 2013, this exhibit features examples of dozens of card issues including some of the most iconic Reds cards ever produced. Reds Ballparks
This exhibit explores the ballparks the Reds have called home over the years from Union Grounds, the home of the 1869 Red Stockings to Great American Ball Park, the exhibit includes artifacts tied to many of these parks with a particular emphasis on venerable Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium, the home of the Big Red Machine.
This survey of Reds jersey and cap styles from 1869-1969 includes many game-used examples that highlight many of the varied uniform styles worn by the Reds.
The 50th Anniversary of Pete Rose's Major League Debut
This special display celebrates the historic Major League debut of baseball's all-time hits leader and includes rare items from rose's first game and season as well as items from Rose's minor league career.
The 75th Anniversary of Johnny Vander Meer's Back-to-Back No-Hitters
The second of two major anniversaries being celebrated by the museum this year, this display commemorates Johnny Vander Meer's record-setting consecutive no-hitters in 1938 and features items from that 1938 season.