01/03/11 2:48 PM ET
Induction Weekend 2012: An Unforgettable Celebration of Reds History
A look back in words and pictures at Induction Weekend 2012
By / MLB.com
The 2012 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend honored the first baseman Sean Casey, Dan Driessen and the late John Reilly, the members of the Class of 2012 with a host of activities and events including meet and greet sessions, a block party, an on-field question and answer program starring Big Red Machine Hall of Famers, an on-field induction ceremony and an extravagant Induction Gala.
The weekend's event's kicked off on Friday night as the new inductees were joined by 15 returning Hall of Fame members for a meet and greet session in the museum. A second session took place Saturday morning. In total, close to 1,500 fans packed the museum for the two sessions. As the Saturday meet and greet session was underway, the second game day block party of the year featuring live music and refreshments was in full swing with thousands of fans gathering on the west side of the ballpark to enjoy the festivities. The loudest cheer from the crowd went to Sean Casey who made a brief appearance on stage to thank the fans for being there.
With the block party moving along at full tilt, ballpark gates opened and the sold out crowd filed in, the first 25,000 receiving a commemorative Sean Casey bobblehead. The capacity crowd was treated to the official induction of Casey, Driessen and Reilly in a pre-game ceremony during which Driessen and Casey addressed the crowd and received their Hall of Fame plaques.
The weekend was capped off by the Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by cincyfavorites.com at the Duke Energy Convention Center. A sold-out audience of over 1,400 was treated to an elegant dinner and a memory and humor-filled program that brought the Reds past and present together like never before. Moving speeches from Driessen and Casey highlighted the evening which ended with the traditional red jacket presentation as the new inductees donned their jackets for the first time, surrounded by the other members of the Reds Hall of Fame fraternity.
The audience stood as one as the red-jacketed assemblage of Hall of Famers smiled and waved, acknowledging the cheers that celebrated not only the triumphant end to the Gala and the weekend but much more so, the accomplishments of the men in the red jackets who have brought so much joy to generations of Reds fans.
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