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CINCINNATI (April 13, 2014) – The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has announced Chuck Harmon as the 2014 recipient of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award.

The Powel Crosley, Jr. Award was created to honor individuals who have exemplified the Crosley spirit of dedication, devotion, and service to the Cincinnati Reds over an extended period of time. The award is only presented on occasion when a truly deserving candidate emerges, whose lifetime achievements, efforts and activities have made a lasting impact and contributed greatly to the betterment of the Reds.

Harmon, who became the first African-American to play for the Reds in 1954, will be presented with the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award on Tuesday, April 15 (Jackie Robinson Day) during on-field ceremonies prior to the Reds vs. Pirates game (7:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Harmon will sign autographs and meet with fans that evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The signing is free with Museum admission.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize Chuck Harmon for his tremendous courage, strength of character and devotion to the Reds for over 60 years,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame & Museum executive director. “Whether it is appearing in the community or signing autographs for his many fans, Chuck truly represents everything that is positive about the game of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds.”

The 60th anniversary of Harmon’s debut with the Reds is April 17th, and he will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 23rd.

Harmon will also be recognized with the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award at the 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Sunday, August 10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Chuck Harmon
One of the city’s great baseball ambassadors, Chuck Harmon began his association with the Cincinnati Reds in 1952 when he was acquired by the club after five successful campaigns in the Minor Leagues. Harmon made the 1954 Reds roster as a utility player and was called on to pinch-hit on April 17 in Milwaukee. When he stepped into the batter’s box, Harmon became the first African-American to wear a Reds uniform in a regular season game. Overall, Harmon appeared in 203 games for the Reds over the course of the 1954, 1955 and 1956 seasons.

Harmon has spent most of his post-playing career in Cincinnati and is one of the city’s most recognizable and beloved figures. A fixture for decades at Reds games and events throughout the tri-state area, he is one of the team’s most steadfast and enthusiastic supporters, promoting the team and the game with uncommon dedication. A plaque in his honor was dedicated at the entrance of Great American Ball Park in 2004, one of the many tributes he has received in acknowledgment of his esteemed place in Reds history.

Chuck Harmon’s kindness, professionalism, and humor are readily evident to all who come into contact with him. His life has been defined by overcoming obstacles through hard work and willpower, all the while keeping constant his unbridled love for the game. The Reds organization and all of baseball have been enhanced immeasurably because of his presence.

Powel Crosley, Jr. Award
In 1934, motivated by civic pride and a love of baseball, entrepreneur and industrialist Powel Crosley, Jr. purchased a financially-strapped Cincinnati Reds franchise. Crosley brought stability and innovation to the Reds. Under his nearly three decades of stewardship, the Reds organization introduced night baseball to the Major Leagues, saw the expansion of its home ballpark, solidified the grand Cincinnati Opening Day tradition, hosted two All-Star games, fielded some of the most memorable teams in club history and strengthened its position as an integral part of the civic and cultural fabric of Greater Cincinnati. Previous recipients of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award were Bernie Stowe, Gene Bennett and Sheldon “Chief” Bender in 2008 and Louis & Louise Nippert in 2010.





Earlier today, Reds players and coaches walked the warning track of GABP to pose for photos with Reds season ticket holders. Here are some pics from the event…

(If you’re interested in enjoying such perks and are looking for season ticket information, please visit


Votto is batting second today for the first time since 8/8/08 vs. Houston. Prior to today’s game, he made his previous 635 starts batting third.






Under the watchful eyes of members of the Reds medical staff, Aroldis Chapman took to the sun-drenched field of Great American Ball Park this afternoon to work out with teammate Brayan Pena.  As you remember, Chapman was hit in the face with a line drive in a Spring Training game on 3/19.  The next day he had surgery to insert a 3-inch titanium plate and 12 screws to stabilize bones around his left eye.

Chapman has been working out and throwing at GABP while the rest of the Reds have been on the road.  Today he threw “long-toss” and then threw again from about 90-feet.  He and Pena also got some cardio in; running in the outfield from foul pole to foul pole.

Pena, smiling during the entire workout, seemed very impressed with the way Chapman was throwing, at one point declaring “heeee’s baaaack!”

Here are some photos from today’s session with Pena…


Friday, April 11, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 p.m.
Fireworks Friday: The first Friday night Rozzi’s fireworks show of the season will start approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game and features a BURN IT DOWN TOUR soundtrack with selections from Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers.
#InstaReds Night: Join us on the Riverboat Deck for #InstaReds Night, the first of six social media nights at GABP for the 2014 season, presented by The #InstaReds Night package includes a game ticket on the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck, all-inclusive ballpark buffet, unlimited soft drinks and two drink tickets (for those 21 and over) for only $45. Photographers from and the Reds will give you tips on how to take better photos for Instagram. Tickets available at
First Pitch: Bob Herzog, traffic reporter for Local12 who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.” will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Club Red: Tonight is the first “Club Red” game of the season. The brand-new Club Red is the official club for fans ages 13-18. Members can select a package of five or eight Reds ticket vouchers for select Club Red games to be used by members and their friends. All members are seated together in a special Club Red section and get perks and benefits throughout the season. Membership packages start at $40 and are available at the Reds Community Corner near section 120 and at

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m.
Fleece Blanket: Reds Fleece Blanket to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Duke Energy Retail.
Spring Break at The Banks: Celebrate Spring Break with the Reds, The Holy Grail and the Cyclones. For only $20, fans get a ticket to today’s Reds vs. Rays game at 1:10 p.m., discounted appetizers and no wait drinks at The Holy Grail Banks and a ticket to the see the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Wheeling Nailers at 7:30 p.m. for Fan Appreciation Night. Available in advance of game day only:


Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m.
Magnetic Schedule & Car Magnet: 2014 Reds schedule magnet and Mr. Redlegs car magnet to the first 20,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank.
Kids Mascot Magnet: As part of family day at the ballpark, Reds mascot magnet to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Delta Air Lines.
Reach Magazine Family Game: Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers.
Live Mascot Race: Reds mascots Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Mr. Red and Gapper will participate in a live mascot race during the middle of the fifth inning.
Run the Bases: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases.


Monday, April 14, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
Bark in the Park: A limited number of dog packages are still available for the first Bark in the Park of the 2014 season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 600 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. Tickets available at
• Jay Bruce 32 Crew: Be a part of the new Jay Bruce 32 Crew on Mondays at Great American Ball Park this season. For every Monday Reds home game, fans can buy two lower-level seats for just $32 and receive two exclusive Jay Bruce 32 Crew t-shirts:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Day: The Reds and MLB will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 to honor the legacy of the legendary Hall of Famer and, for the sixth consecutive year, all players and on-field personnel will wear Number 42. The annual celebration commemorates the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Reds, will be honored during pregame ceremonies along with individuals that represent the spirit and leadership of one of baseball’s greatest heroes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 p.m.
Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level Line ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15:
Reds Wild Wednesday: For every Wednesday home game this season, fans can purchase a package for as low as $19.50 that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a voucher good for one free menu item from participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations:
National Anthem: The husband and wife duo of Wally and O’Weida Gosser will sing the National Anthem. The Gossers have performed the anthem at a Reds game each season for the past 51 years.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Chuck Harmon Autograph Signing – April 15: Chuck Harmon, who became the first African-American to play for the Reds 60 years ago on April 17, 1954, will sign autographs and meet with fans on April 15 (Jackie Robinson Day) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The signing is free with Museum admission.

Upcoming Events
Mother’s Day Packages – May 11, Reds vs. Rockies: Celebrate Mother’s Day at the ballpark with your choice of two exclusive packages. The Mother’s Day Brunch includes a brunch buffet in the upscale Riverfront Club, Field Box seats for the game and a keepsake photo and frame. The Mother’s Day Parade package includes tickets to the game and entry into a post-game parade around the warning track. Reserve your Mother’s Day package today at:

Family Catch – June 22: The Reds Community Fund’s annual Family Catch is a fundraising event that will take place on Sunday, June 22. Fans can purchase packages to play “catch” on the field after the Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays game:

Joey and Nibbles are on their way to GABP this weekend – you should be here, too!




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