All the Reds players who made up the Great Eight will be taking part in the dedication ceremonies for the new Joe Morgan statue at Great American Ball Park this weekend.
Reds Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls says Morgan was one of the last players to join the famed starting eight on the Big Red Machine of the 1970's.
"Joe was one of the final pieces that came in '72 in the trade with Cesar Geronimo," said Walls. "So the last two starting members came in, that kind of solidified that group, and when that group of eight played together it was so special."
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the five former players nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, and it’s time for fans to cast their votes. Howard Wilkinson welcomes Rick Walls from the Hall into the studio to talk about the voting process and this year’s nominees: Jeff Brantley, John Franco, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr., and Reggie Sanders.
The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan. Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio.
If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work. He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench. He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe.