The story of baseball is the story of Cincinnati. Home to the first professional baseball team in 1869, Cincinnati will play host to today’s brightest stars during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game this summer.
But as 2015’s all-stars take the field at Great American Ballpark, a collection of baseball legends and icons will greet fans at Cincinnati Museum Center. Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars explores Cincinnati’s rich baseball history, both professional and amateur, and the many playing fields and players who have made their mark on this city’s sports history.
Queen City Baseball features baseball related-materials from the early days of the Cincinnati baseball in the 19th century through the modern era. Artifacts and archival documents, video and sound will have you calling for the peanut man as you step into the gallery and onto the field.
Items in the exhibit include 19th century player’s contracts and payment records, autographed baseballs, bricks from Redland/Crosley Field and baseball cards from the early 20th century. Relive the 1919 World Series and the infamous “Black Sox Scandal” through archival newsreel footage and listen to one of the famous rain delay broadcasts of Reds play-by-play announcer Waite Hoyt.