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Museum Center celebrates All-Star Game with nostalgic look at Cincy baseball

(Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Getting excited yet?
 
Just a month from now, the Queen City plays host to the biggest event of the summer – the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
 
Citywide, the fever and city pride is on display, including at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

"Like all Cincinnatians we're proud of the tradition of baseball here,” said Scott Gampfer, Director of History Collections and Library at the Museum Center.

That pride is evident in the "Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars" display brainstormed by the minds at the Museum Center.

"The curatorial team working on the exhibit sat down and we said, ‘What do we have that tells the story of baseball? Not just the Reds.  Even amateur baseball here in Cincinnati,'” said Gampfer.

What they put together is a mish-mash of rare items, nostalgia and tradition.

"We actually have things from the earlier All-Star games - program and tickets - which we've put on display,” Gampfer said.

Add to that old school baseball cards, new school bobbleheads, tickets and video footage from the scandal-ridden 1919 World Series.  Take another look and you'll find decades-old autographed baseballs from some of the greatest to play the game, and tributes to baseball trailblazers.

"Chuck Harmon was the first African-American to play for the Reds.  He broke the color barrier here in 1954,” Gampfer pointed out in the exhibit.

You'll find tributes to the Negro Leagues, and seats that your grandparents sat in at old Crosley Field, and a personal collection of memorabilia from beloved Reds voice, Waite Hoyt.

"There's some really great things down here.  They're organized in a way that I think people will find interesting.  Like I said, there's a little something for everybody in this exhibit,” Gampfer said.

Some of the items in the exhibit are things that have never been seen before.  Some of it is so sensitive and rare, it takes an All-Star Game to bring them out from lock and key to the public.

"It probably is the only chance you're going to get to see this combination of things together in an exhibit,” Gampfer told FOX19 NOW.
 
The free exhibit is open through July 26 at the Museum Center.  To learn more about “Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars,” visit:
https://www.cincymuseum.org/exhibits/queen-city-baseball

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