If you’re jonesin’ for a little baseball action during this dull, “cold” Cincinnati winter, get down to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. They have a ton of stuff going on this month.
Here’s the run-down:
February is an exciting month at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. From celebrating former players during Black History Month to bobblehead giveaways to learning about how baseball played a historical role in the Presidency of the United States, the Reds Hall of Fame is the place where the story of baseball comes alive each day.
Hall of Fame Celebrates Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the influences that African Americans have had on Reds baseball by highlighting these players and their related artifacts throughout the museum. African Americans in the Reds Hall of Fame include Brooks Lawrence, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, Lee May, Joe Morgan, Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, Eric Davis, and Barry Larkin.
Presidents Day Weekend Johnny Bench Bobblehead Giveaway
For fans that missed out on the fifth and final bobblehead in the museum’s popular 2011 Johnny Bench bobblehead series, you now have another opportunity to add this unique collectible to your collection. The museum will distribute the bobbleheads to the first 500 fans who purchase full-price museum admission, ballpark tours or clubhouse tour tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17. The bobblehead depicts Johnny in the follow-through of his classic home run swing.
Free admission for ages 12 and under during Presidents Day Weekend
Fans ages 12 and under will receive free museum admission from Friday, February 17 to Monday, February 20.
William Howard Taft Display
During Presidents Day weekend, the museum will have a display of artifacts on loan from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. A Cincinnati native, Taft was the first United States President to throw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game.
Baseball and the Presidents
February 18 at 1 p.m.
Historian Mel Marmer returns to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. to present “Baseball and the Presidents.” This presentation offers an insightful look into the association of the great sport of baseball and the Presidency of the United States. In addition to appearing at the Reds Hall of Fame during previous Presidents Day weekends, Mr. Marmer has also spoken at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The presentation is session is free with museum admission.
Frank Robinson Bobblehead Giveaway
February 25 and 26
The museum has acquired a limited supply of the classic Frank Robinson bobblehead that was distributed to fans attending the July 25, 2007 Reds vs. Brewers game at Great American Ball Park. The bobblehead features the all-time great in the middle of his signature swing. The Frank Robinson bobbleheads will be distributed to the first 500 fans who purchase full-price museum admission, ballpark tours or clubhouse tour tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25.
Chuck Harmon Autograph Session and Meet and Greet
February 25 from Noon to 2 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, Chuck Harmon will sign autographs and meet guests at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum from on Saturday, Feb. 25 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. On April 17, 1954, Chuck became the first African-American to play for the Reds. The autograph session is free with museum admission.
Museum Member Drive Event
February 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tap House Grill in Kenwood
Join the Reds Hall of Fame staff and special guest Reds great Ron Oester for a night of fun and food at the Tap House Grill for a member drive event. This a great opportunity for fans to learn about the features and benefits of becoming a museum member. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and other surprises. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The Tap House Grill is located at 8740 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236.
Regular museum admission for adults is $10, students and seniors (60 and older) are $8 and active military and veterans (with valid military ID) are $6.
Operating hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the offseason and then seven days a week April-October.
For tickets and additional information, visit www.redsmuseum.org or call (513) 765-7923.