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Hall of Fame & Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When did the Reds Hall of Fame start?
  2. How have players been elected?
  3. What are the qualifications to be eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame?
  4. Have there always been Hall of Fame plaques?
  5. Who is in the Reds Hall of Fame?
  6. Is Pete Rose eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame?
When did the Reds Hall of Fame start?

The Reds Hall of Fame debuted in 1958 with the induction of Ernie Lombardi, Johnny Vander Meer, Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters and Frank McCormick. All were stars from the 1939-'40 championship teams.

The Reds Hall of Fame is the biggest team Hall of Fame in baseball with 81 members. In June 2012, Sean Casey, Dan Driessen and John Reilly.

How have players been elected?

Since its inception in 1958, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame has inducted 81 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 adjacent to Great American Ball Park. 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 that asked fans to vote for the 2008 Reds Hall of Fame class. This was repeated in 2009 for the 2010 class, and 2011 for the 2012 class.

The winner of the 2011 fan vote was shortstop Sean Casey. In addition to Casey, the 2012 Reds Hall of Fame Class included First Basemen Dan Driessen and John Reilly who were selected for induction by the Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee and ratified by the Reds Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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Reds Hall of Fame Voting and Election Procedures

  • Modern Player Ballot:
    From over 50 eligible candidates, the 2013 ballot was created by the Election Governance Committee of the Reds Hall of Fame and is comprised of five players To be eligible for the Modern Player Ballot, a player must have appeared in a Major League game within the last 13 years, played for the Reds in at least three seasons over the course of his career and is in at least his third season since his last appearance in a Major League game. Player's on Major League Baseball's ineligible list are not eligible for consideration.

  • Voting Procedure: The Reds Hall of Fame utilizes Fans, Media, and Alumni to select the Modern Candidate. Fans can vote online or by paper ballot. Fans can vote for just one player on each ballot submitted. There is a limit of one vote per day per email address online and a limit of one paper ballot per day. Only ballots with completed name, mailing address and email address will be counted. Paper ballots are available at the Reds Hall of Fame, throughout Great American Ball Park on the dates of Reds home games and at participating sponsor locations. Ballots may also be submitted by mail directly to the Reds Hall of Fame.

    Members of the Media (all mediums) that have covered the Reds for a significant period of time and that are recognized by the Reds as an official/credentialed member of the media are eligible to vote. Ballots will be sent directly to these members of the media by the Reds Hall of Fame.

    Reds alumni are eligible to vote if they played for the Reds in at least three seasons, are in at least their third year of retirement from Major League Baseball, are not listed on the 2013 Modern Player Ballot and are not on Major League Baseball's ineligible list.

    Each voting block (fans, media, alumni) represents one-third of the vote needed for election. The player selected from the 2013 Modern Player Ballot will be announced after the 2013 baseball season and will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

    Clark Schaeffer Hackett is the Official Accounting Firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ballot.

  • Veterans Ballot:
    Players who played more than 13 years ago, played for the Reds in at least three seasons and that are not on Major League Baseball's ineligible list are considered for induction by the Reds Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee.

    The Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee is comprised of baseball historians, members of the media and members of the Reds Hall of Fame. The Committee meets in late summer of each voting year. The player or players selected by the Veterans Committee will be announced after the 2013 baseball season and will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

Election rules are reviewed annually by the Election Governance Committee of the Reds Hall of Fame. The final authority for elections to the Hall of Fame is vested in the Board of Directors of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

What are the qualifications to be eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame?

Players must have played for the Reds for a minimum of three seasons and have been retired for three seasons. Players active in Major League Baseball within the last 13 years will be considered for the Modern Player Ballot. Players playing in Major League Baseball more than 13 years ago will be considered by the Veterans Committee.

Have there always been Hall of Fame plaques?

Every inductee has been honored with a bronze plaque containing a likeness of the player. The Reds plaques are similar in quality and appearance to the plaques of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Until the new Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 2004, the Hall of Fame plaques did not have a permanent home. During the Crosley Field years, the Hall of Fame plaques hung on beams in the concession areas beneath the main stands. During the Riverfront years, the plaques were kept in storage and occasionally put on public display. In September 2004, the plaques were hung in their permanent home in the Reds Hall of Fame exhibit gallery.

Who is in the Reds Hall of Fame?

Counting the 2012 Class, the Reds Hall of Fame includes 75 players, three managers and three executives. The 75 players include 28 pitchers, 19 outfielders, 9 first baseman, 7 second baseman, 5 shortstops, 3 third basemen and 4 catchers. Seven of the players played for the Reds in the 19th century.

Is Pete Rose eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame?

No. Rose is not eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame (or for the National Baseball Hall of Fame) because he is on baseball's ineligible list.