Don't miss a special "Reds Game Unplugged" on Monday, May 24 as the Cincinnati Reds honor the 75th anniversary of Major League Baseball's first night game, which was hosted at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.
Here's a look at what we have planned for this unique night at the ballpark:
From the first inning through the top of the seventh, Great American Ball Park will go "unplugged" to simulate baseball in 1935. There will be no features on the video boards. The scoreboard will have an old-time look similar to what fans saw at Crosley Field, and organ music will fill the air.
During the seventh-inning stretch, a ceremony will be held from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to commemorate the moment President Franklin D. Roosevelt flipped the switch to turn on the lights at Crosley Field 75 years ago. An original lamp from Crosley Field will be turned on, causing the ballpark to come alive with an explosion of light on all video boards.
With the help of the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Erardi, the Reds Hall of Fame has invited several fans who attended the first night game in 1935 to witness this anniversary celebration. These long-time Reds fans will be honored during pregame ceremonies.
Not only did 1935 mark the birth of night baseball for the major leagues, but it also forged a partnership that continues to this day between the Reds and Rozzi's Famous Fireworks. At the 75th anniversary game, Rozzi's will showcase a sparkling "C" out on top of the Cincinnati Bell Pilot House in center field. The sparkling C could be seen frequently at Reds games at Crosley Field, along with post-game fireworks and more from Rozzi's.
In a throwback to 1935 concession prices, fans visiting the UDF Reds Market will be able to purchase bags of peanuts for just 10 cents, with proceeds benefiting the Reds Community Fund. Also, be on the lookout for several ushers dressed in old-time uniforms like the ones fans used to see at Crosley Field.
Just as Crosley Field public-address announcers worked from field level years ago, Great American Ball Park PA man Joe Zerhusen will make his pregame announcements from the field. Look for Joe wearing a vintage outfit near the Reds dugout.
For the first time ever, mascots Mr. Red, Gapper, Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red will compete in a "live" Reds Race on the field. Make sure you are in your seat at the end of the third inning to see this classic mascot race.