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What's Going On : Queen City Baseball exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center
Date posted: April 1, 2015
Provided by: Cincinnati Museum Center
Photos: provided by Cincinnati Museum Center
As 2015's all-stars take the field at Great American Ballpark, a collection of baseball legends
and icons will be gathered in a new exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center. Queen City
Baseball: Diamonds and Stars explores Cincinnati's rich baseball history in a free exhibit
opening March 28.
The story of baseball is the story of Cincinnati. Home to the first professional baseball team
in 1869, Cincinnati changed professional sports in America. Names like Pete Rose, Johnny
Bench and Barry Larkin are known by baseball fans in every city regardless of age or
hometown team. Queen City Baseball tells the story of Cincinnati baseball over the nearly
150 years since the Red Stockings first took the field en route to a 57-0 season.
"As fans from all over the world descend upon Cincinnati for the Major League Baseball All
Star Game, Cincinnati Museum Center will be proudly showcasing the city's role in shaping
America's pastime as we know it today," says Elizabeth Pierce, interim CEO of Cincinnati
Listen to the roar of the crowd as legendary announcer Waite Hoyt provides play-by-play as
you tour the exhibit. From the mustaches of the Red Stockings to the dominance of the Big
Red Machine, Queen City Baseball tells the history of baseball through the city where the
game as we know it today began. View 19th century players' contracts and payment records
and photographs of Cincinnati's earliest teams. Lifelong fans will have their own stories to
tell when they see bricks from Redland/Crosley Field but few will have memories of the 1919
World Series and the infamous "Black Sox Scandal" as they watch video footage of the Reds
slugging their way to a 5-3 series victory. Baseball cards from the early 20th century will be
on display next to baseballs signed by all-time greats like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.
The story of baseball has not just been about breaking records but also about breaking
barriers. Baseball mirrored the attitudes of society and sometimes even set progressive
examples that the nation was not ready to accept. Queen City Baseball traces the journey of
race and equality in America with artifacts like Louis Dula's Negro League player's contract
and the uniform of Chuck Harmon, the first African American to play for the Cincinnati
Step onto the field and back in time in Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars, runs March
28 through September 7 in the Ruthven Gallery at Cincinnati Museum Center.
To learn more, visit Cincinnati Museum Center.
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