Four former Reds’ greats, three with Cincinnati roots, will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame next month: Dave Parker, Ron Oester, Ken Griffey, Jr. and veteran selection Jake Beckley. Howard Wilkinson previews all the events surrounding the August 8-10 induction weekend with Executive Director Rick Walls of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
The Reds started the first professional baseball team in 1869, so without a doubt there's a lot of history surrounding them. The Reds Hall of Fame opens an exhibit today, Kings of the Queen City, which showcases the team's greatest moments and biggest names.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a graphic timeline covering 145 years of Reds history. The timeline also has an interactive touch-screen screen monitor with audio and video clips.
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.