The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is always a must-see at Great American Ball Park, and this weekend will be no exception. In conjunction with Civil Rights Weekend, the Reds HOF will be displaying artifacts from Jackie Robinson’s playing days, some of which are extremely rare. They’re only there for a limited time – just this weekend. So make sure you get to it.
Check out this video interview with Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director Rick Walls on the Jackie Robinson artifacts, Civil Rights Weekend and former Red Chuck Harmon.
Here are the details from the Reds…
CINCINNATI (May 13, 2010) — For a limited engagement this weekend during the Gillette Civil Rights Game celebration, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will display rare Jackie Robinson items on loan from the Green Diamond Gallery in Montgomery, Ohio.
The featured items include:
– 1948 Brooklyn Dodgers road jersey worn by Robinson which is the oldest-known Robinson jersey in existence
– An original artist cast of the larger than life Jackie Robinson statue that sits at the entrance to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
– Ticket stub and photograph from April 15, 1947 capturing Jackie with Spider Jorgenson, Pee Wee Reese, and Eddie Stankey on his first day in the Major Leagues.
– Robinson’s lucky bat which he presented to friend and teammate, Tommy Brown, when Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1951
– Two photos of Robinson and his signature during his playing days as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The items will be on display to the public from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16.
Museum admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Active military and veterans get 50% off regular admission and children 4 and younger are free.
The Reds HOF will also be hosting a series of appearances including autograph sessions featuring former Negro League Players including Chuck Harmon, Charlie “Whip” Davis, Don “Groundhog” Johnson, Tom “Highpockets” Turner and Ron “Bunny” Warren. As always with the autograph sessions – limit one autograph per player, per fan. Autographs are free with Hall of Fame admission.
For a full list of weekend events and special appearances at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum click here.