Reds celebrate 75th anniversary of first night game

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds have a number of festivities Monday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first night game in Major League Baseball history.

The game was held May 24, 1935 at Crosley Field. Monday night, the Reds are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m.

There are a number of things going on at Great American Ball Park to make fans feel like they are back in 1935:

  • The scoreboard will have an old-time look similar to what fans saw at Crosley Field, and a live organ will be the only music fans will hear.
  • 700WLW will be offering 700 $1 tickets starting at 9 a.m. on Monday morning at the GABP ticket windows.
  • For the first time ever, mascots Mr. Red, Gapper, Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red will compete in a "live" Reds Race on the field. The race will be held at the end of the third inning.
  • 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.
  • Several fans who attended the first night game in 1935 to be honored on the field during pregame ceremonies.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative reproduction of the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer from May 25, 1935, the day after the first night game.
  • 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, benefiting the Reds Community Fund.
  • Several ushers will be dressed in old-time uniforms like the ones fans used to see at Crosley Field.
  • 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. 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.
  • Rozzi's Famous Fireworks will showcase a sparkling "C" in right field. The sparkling "C" was showcased at the first night game and could be seen frequently at Crosley Field. 2010 also marks the 75th anniversary of the Rozzi family providing fireworks for the Reds. Arthur Rozzi and his teenage sons Joseph and Paul began shooting fireworks after Reds games during the 1935 season.

FOX19's Meghan Mongillo talked with a fan who attended the first night game. See her story by watching the video on the top right corner of this page.

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