A word about the Reds Hall of Fame.

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October 31, 2012 by Elizabeth Metz

If you’re a baseball fan at all, hopefully you know about the National Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, NY.  In fact, hopefully you’ve been.  I visited when I was a teenager, and I’d love to go back some day.

Being such an old franchise, the Reds have quite a few players who’ve been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, either wearing the Reds’ wishbone C or wearing another team’s cap on their plaque but secretly wishing they could be representing the Reds.  Some of the players I’ll be drawing for this project are enshrined in Cooperstown as among the best in all of the game’s history, and I’ll note when those guys come around.

But this project isn’t about Reds players in Cooperstown, or rather, not just about them.  It’s about the 81 (or more, by the time I finish this thing!) players with plaques in here:

According to its website, the Reds Hall of Fame is the 2nd oldest franchise hall of fame in MLB, and the largest.  It’s also one of the only ones to have its own museum, featured in the photo above.  The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is worth a visit, and it’s right next to Great American Ballpark, home of the present day Reds (who are also, incidentally, worth a visit — NL Central champs, woo!).  There’s memorabilia:

And statues:

And, most relevantly to this project, there’s plaques for the most notable members of the Cincinnati Reds franchise in its long and (mostly) proud history, including one of my personal favorites:

With that clarified, it’s time to meet our Hall of Famers!  I’ll start with the first class of inductees from 1958 and work my way up to the present day.

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