Since its inception in 1958, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame has inducted 75 standout players, managers and front-office executives. The Reds first teamed up with the Cincinnati Chapter of Commerce in 1958 to promote the inductions, which were voted on by Reds fans.
After a nine-year hiatus from 1989-'97, the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America in cooperation with Reds executive John Allen revived the inductions in 1998. Fan voting returned for the 2005 class, a change that followed the 2004 opening of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum located next to Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati. Hall of Fame elections were held the next year as well before the Reds Hall of Fame adopted a biennial election schedule beginning in 2007 with voting taking place in odd-numbered years and induction ceremonies being held in even-numbered years.
The winner of the 2009 fan vote was third baseman Chris Sabo. In addition to Sabo, the 2010 Reds Hall of Fame Class includes Veterans Committee selections pitcher Pedro Borbon and the late Tony Mullane, a pitching ace for the Reds in the 1880s. Sabo, Borbon and Mullane will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in pre-game ceremonies prior to the Rockies/Reds game at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, July 17, 2010. The Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on the evening of Sunday, July 18, 2010.
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(Bios researched and written by Dann Stupp of the Reds Creative Services department)