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Cinergy Field: 1970-2002
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A Farewell to Cinergy Field

Cinergy comes down
Thirty-two years of history were reduced to rubble in less than 38 seconds when Cinergy Field was imploded at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday. More >

Implosion video:
Cinergy comes down 56K | 300K
Complete coverage 56K | 300K

The final game on Sunday, September 22:
Cinergy Field farewell gallery Photo Gallery
Fans bid farewell | Reds close Cinergy with a loss
Players return to say goodbye | Sparky still loved in Cincy
The last at-bat: Todd Walker grounds out

Remembering Cinergy Field:  Fans | Marty & Joe
Cinergy was a perfect fit | Cookie-cutter era almost over
Rijo to get final start at Cinergy | Weekend celebrations
Cinergy Park all-time stats [requires Adobe Acrobat]
Great American Ball Park will be intimate | GABP webcam

Timeline: Crosley Field to Great American Ball Park
February, 1968
Construction of Riverfront Stadium begins
June 24, 1970
Reds beat Giants in last game at Crosley Field
June 30, 1970
Reds lose to Braves in first game at Riverfront
March 19, 1996
Voters approve half-cent tax hike to build new stadium
September, 1996
Riverfront Stadium renamed
Cinergy Field
August 1, 2000
Great American Ball Park construction begins
  TOP 10 MOMENTS   @ CINERGY FIELD

1. Pete's 4,192nd hit  |  September 11, 1985   56K | 300K
After going 0-for-4 the previous night, Cincinnati native Pete Rose delighted a crowd of 47,237 by breaking Ty Cobb's all-time hit record with a single to left field off San Diego's Eric Show on a 2-1 pitch. Just the year before, Rose returned to the Reds as player-manager, revitalizing the franchise that had was on its way to a third consecutive losing season.

2. The Rose-Fosse collision  |  July 14, 1970   56K | 300K
One of the most thrilling All-Star Games in recent memory had a smashing conclusion, literally, as Rose plowed through Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse at home plate to score the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning, giving the National League a 5-4 victory. The NL scored three runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings before Jim Hickman's single scored the hard-charging Rose from second base.

3. Bench bows out  |  September 17, 1983   56K | 300K
Approaching the final days of his Hall of Fame career, Johnny Bench gave a crowd of 53,790 a memorable parting gift on the "night" held in his honor. Bench blasted a game-tying, two-run homer in the third inning, singled later in the game and threw out a would-be basestealer as the Reds defeated Houston, 4-3.

4. Perfection for Browning  |  September 16, 1988   56K | 300K
A two-hour, 27-minute rain delay didn't halt Tom Browning, who retired all 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced in a 1-0 victory. Browning concluded his gem by retiring Rick Dempsey on a fly to deep right field, Steve Sax on a grounder to shortstop and Tracy Woodson on a strikeout. A throwing error accounted for the Reds' only run.

5. Aaron's 714th  |  April 4, 1974   56K | 300K
On his first swing of the season, Atlanta's Henry Aaron cracked his 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for first on the all-time list. "That's a load off my back," said Aaron, who was hounded by death threats. The Reds still won the Opening Day game, 7-6, in 11 innings. Aaron would pass Ruth four days later in the Braves' home opener.   Watch Aaron hit #715 in Baseball's Best >

6. Bench helps unseat Pirates  |  October 11, 1972
Anybody thinking that the Big Red Machine was a crew of coldly efficient pros wasn't watching Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, won by the Reds, 4-3. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, the Reds exulted as they pulled even on Johnny Bench's leadoff home run against Pirates relief ace Dave Giusti. After Tony Perez and Denis Menke singled, pinch-runner George Foster put Cincinnati in the World Series by scoring on Bob Moose's wild pitch.

7. The inaugural  |  June 30, 1970
It all began between Second Street and the shores of the Ohio River on this steamy summer evening. The game itself wasn't much for the Reds, who lost to Atlanta, 8-2, but the 51,050 fans who filled the brand-new ballpark couldn't believe their surroundings, from the artificial turf playing surface to the state-of-the-art scoreboard.

8. King for a day  |  July 1, 1973
If any single regular-season game cemented the Big Red Machine's aura of invincibility, it was this one. The Reds were on the brink of falling 12 games out of first place when backup catcher Hal King blasted a pinch-hit, three-run homer to beat Los Angeles, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Including that game, the Reds went 60-26 the rest of the year to win the NL West.

9. Pete & Pallone  |  April 30, 1988   56K | 300K
Sheer bedlam reigned after manager Pete Rose shoved umpire Dave Pallone during an argument in the Reds' 6-5 loss to the New York Mets. With both parties gesticulating madly, Pallone poked Rose in the cheek. Rose then shoved Pallone twice with a forearm and was ejected. The crowd of 33,463 delayed the game for 14 minutes by throwing debris onto the field.

10. Eric the Red  |  October 16, 1990   56K | 300K
Though right-hander Jose Rijo was the MVP of the Reds' four-game World Series sweep of Oakland, many observers believe that Davis' two-run homer off A's ace Dave Stewart in the first inning of Game One set the pace.

  CINERGY FACTS
All-time stats [PDF file]
Ground rules
Seating chart

• The crowd of 51,050 for the first game at Riverfront Stadium was the largest ever to attend a sporting event in Cincinnati.

• Once part of the outfield was opened, it was determined that a batter would have to hit a ball 1,200 feet over the right-center field wall to reach the Ohio River (at Great American Ball Park, the river will be about 615 feet from home plate).

• Tony Perez became the first player to homer into the upper-level Red Seats with a blast into left field off New York's Jim McAndrew on Aug. 11, 1970.

• Speaking of red-seat homers, there have been 35 hit in the stadium's 33-year history. Russell Branyan hit the most recent one, on Sept. 12, 2002.

• Tony and Eduardo Perez are the only father-son combination to hit red-seaters. Eduardo hit his on July 19, 1998.

• Mark McGwire's 473-foot red-seat blast for St. Louis on May 5, 2000 is the longest home run ever recorded at Riverfront/Cinergy.

• Henry Aaron of the Braves was the first player to hit a home run at Riverfront in the first game played there.

• Four no-hitters have been pitched at Riverfront/Cinergy: Chicago's Ken Holtzman (6/3/71), Philadelphia's Rick Wise (6/23/71), Cincinnati's Tom Seaver (6/16/78 against St. Louis) and Cincinnati's Tom Browning (9/16/88, a perfect game against Los Angeles).

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