…..the one in Cincinnati anyway. The new Reds’ Hall of Fame and Museum is planning a major Rose exhibit for early next year..complete with plenty of Rose memorabilia.
The Reds Hall of Fame will celebrate the 24-year playing career of baseball’s all-time hits leader with an exhibit opening March 10, 2007.
“This exhibit is a chance for Reds fans to recall the excitement and passion that Pete Rose brought to the game of baseball,” said Hall of Fame executive director Greg Rhodes. “This is about Pete’s playing career, recalling what made him one of the best players of all-time.”
The exhibit will cover 2,000 square feet, utilizing the gallery in the main lobby of the Reds Hall of Fame and incorporating existing exhibits. All exhibits will detail Rose’s career from 1963 to 1986, spanning the years from Crosley Field to Riverfront Stadium.
Chris Eckes, museum curator, already has identified a number of new artifacts slated for display.
“We will be including some new items from our own collection plus items from several local collectors and fans,” said Eckes. “We plan to fill several exhibit cases and will include video and audio highlights.”
Highlighted artifacts include the bat and ball from Pete’s record-setting 4,192nd hit (on loan from Steve Wolter and Sports Investments, Inc.); the lineup card from the 4,192 game; 3,000th career hit uniform; hit balls from 1985; a piece of the Riverfront AstroTurf that marked the location where hit 4,192 landed; “Cincinnati Kid” television documentary from 1970; hundreds of Rose baseball cards; Rose game-worn jerseys from 1964 and 1966; milestone bats and game-used bats; and milestone balls from Rose’s career.
The exhibit is slated to remain open until the spring of 2008.
As for Rose, he spoke with reporters via conference call and is still hoping to be reinstated. He also thinks Mark McGwire should be elected.
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