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Birthplace of Professional Baseball

The Great American Ball Park

Courtesy of the Cincinnati CVB

Watch the Cincinnati Reds play at the Great American Ball Park.

America’s favorite pastime has deep roots in Cincinnati. The city is known as the birthplace of professional baseball thanks to the leadership of Hall of Famer Harry Wright, who helped form the first openly all-professional baseball team in 1869. Known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the team played from coast to coast and finished with a 57-0 record, the only undefeated season in baseball history. Though financial burdens forced the original team to fold after the 1870 season, you can still catch a throwback game at Heritage Village. As part of the Vintage Base Ball Association, today’s Cincinnati Red Stockings players dress in period reproduction uniforms, play by the old rules and use vintage-style equipment.

The modern day Cincinnati Reds play at the Great American Ball Park, which opened for the 2003 season. The major league team, once known as the Big Red Machine, dominated the National League in the 1970s and has won five world championships and 10 division titles. Several Hall of Famers list their primary team as the Cincinnati Reds.

If you’re in Cincy during baseball season but can’t make it to the game, you can still stop by the stadium. Take a 90-minute guided tour of the stadium for a behind-the-scenes look at areas such as the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club, the press box and the dugout. Afterward, stop at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, also located on the property. The 16,000-square-foot museum immerses visitors in Reds history with exhibits of past greats, a baseball themed theater and other galleries. Leave about 45 minutes to explore this museum.

If you happen to be in town for opening day, head to Findlay Market for the Opening Day Parade. Each year, Reds fans come out to celebrate the new season.

Off-season, don’t miss Redsfest, which usually takes place in December and gives fans the chance to interact with current and former Reds players. There are plenty of activities for kids and Reds memorabilia for sale, too.

IF YOU GO:
Cincinnati Red Stockings at Heritage Village Museum
Sharon Woods Park, Sharonville, Ohio
513-563-9484
Season: May-September
Free admission

Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati
513-381-7337
Season: March-September
Stadium Tours: Game Days: M-F 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sa. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Non-Game Days: M-F and Su. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sa. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $15 (includes Museum & Hall of Fame admission)

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Day Games: 10 a.m.-two hours after the end of game; Night games: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Non-Game Days: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10

Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
1801 Race St., Cincinnati

Redsfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St., Cincinnati

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Rob Ammer
GO REDS GO!! delta being the official airline they should promote the CINCINNATI REDS in SKY
7/8/2011 7:04:16 PM

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