#REDS MEDIA ARCHIVES/RESEARCH LIBRARY
One of the many perks to my job is having, at my disposal, the “Chuck Kirlin Research Library” – a room located on the press level of Great American Ball Park containing Reds archives, scorebooks and old press clippings.
The library is named for Chuck Kirlin, the team’s media relations intern at the time of our transition from Cinergy Field to GABP, who helped organize and set up the room. Chuck handled every file folder of nearly every Red from the past 50 years and alphabetically placed each of the portfolios (containing player’s press clippings, press releases, etc.) in the room’s filing cabinets.
In addition to valuable Reds archives, the research library also serves as a work room for our current media relations interns (Dave Lubich and Will Frasure); fully equipped with a refrigerator, a copy machine, a few tables and a very sharp paper-cutter.
As a life-long Reds fan, I try to find time every now and then to go through some of the archives that are in the library. It’s amazing what I’ll sometimes find. It’s like our own little Cooperstown.
Back before PDFs, email, Twitter and internet the Reds archives were kept the only way possible – by physically cutting the stories from the newspapers with scissors and pasting them on a piece of paper and neatly placing them in a marked folder.
All of the newspaper clippings in the media relations library have aged and turned yellow, but they’re all still mostly in good shape.
One of my favorite folders to peruse is Joe Nuxhall’s. His folder contains a questionnaire from 1951 that players back then were required to fill out for the Reds publicity department (today known as the Reds Media Relations dept).
The photo below makes me think of Lee May and how he regularly kids Marty on the Caravan that, (a) Marty would still “be in Memphis broadcasting tractor-pulls if it weren’t for Joe Nuxhall” and (b) how he’d rather still have Al Michaels to listen to rather than Marty himself…
I went through some other “famous” files…
I searched Tom Seaver’s file and it showed that he was pretty good.
As you can probably imagine, Pete has nearly an entire filing cabinet to himself…
When Johnny Bench got married in the 70s, it was HUGE news. It was TMZ material before their was TMZ. Due to the incredible amount of coverage the wedding (and subsequent divorce) was given in the papers, the Reds publicity department created its own folder.
Remember my post last month on the “scorebook?” The Reds media relations department has been keeping a team scorebook for every game for a long time…and lots of them are still archived in the library…
Pretty cool stuff, huh?
Thanks for allowing me to share!
Expect good news (even if it’s on an old yellow newspaper),