We are happy to announce that the opening of the Crosley Field Historic Site is Wednesday (June 8) at 11 a.m. at our campus (1805 Dalton Ave.).
In 2015, we moved to the property that was the Cincinnati Reds’ home from 1912-1970. For 3 years, we’ve been working with the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to honor Crosley Field. The jewel of the site is a 17-foot-by-50-foot mural depicting Crosley Field circa mid-1950s created by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
The site is free to visit. In addition to the mural, features include:
• A self-guided tour for visitors (brochures are available in our lobby)
• Replica left-field foul pole and right-field foul pole (located in the parking of Nehemiah Manufacturing, which also has memorabilia in its lobby)
• Replica light tower
• Historical photos provided by the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
• A plaza with replica seats and commemorative bricks
• Base markers
• Memorabilia for purchase
On Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the media and public can take a guided tour of the site led by Reds historian Greg Rhodes. After the tour at noon, lunch will be served at the Mission, thanks to the generosity of Queen City Sausage.
“The purpose of the project is to acknowledge and preserve the history of the field that means so much to the Reds, fans and city, offering a chance for visitors to experience that history in a significant way,” City Gospel Mission president Roger Howell said.
Said Reds Hall of Fame and Museum executive director Rick Walls, “We are pleased to play a role in preserving this important place in the city’s long and storied baseball legacy.”
The project cost is being funded mainly by the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The public can be a part of history by purchasing a personalized brick to be part of a special plaza. Packages start at $175 and include a keepsake brick in addition to the installed brick. Bricks can be ordered at www.redsmuseum.org/bricks.
Tim Curtis is the Communications Director at City Gospel Mission. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.