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Downtown library catching the All-Star fever through historic Reds exhibit

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko)

It's been talked about around Cincinnati for years, but in just a few weeks, the MLB All-Star Game will finally happen.

Everywhere you look, it seems like everyone is getting in on the fever, and that includes the Main Library of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

So, what do baseball and the library have in common?

More than you might think.

"Baseball is always big in Cincinnati anyway, but its added emphasis with the All-Star Game coming here,” said Stephen Headley, reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Department of the library.

After combing through the library shelves and archives, and partnering with the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum,

'The Great American Pastime: Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds' was born.

"We worked hard to try to put together something that we thought would be interesting for everybody to come and see,” Headley said.

The collection chronicles the team's World Series history and Cincinnati All-Star games of yester-year. You'll find newspaper front pages of the highs and lows, like the Pete Rose scandal. Also included is a bat from Ted Kluszewski, programs, pictures, books and a player scrapbook from the 1919 World Series. It's all alongside some rare pieces of team history like a scorecard from 1869 and the first professional baseball team.

"That's something we're very proud of, and was actually on loan to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for a number of years,” Headley told FOX19 NOW.

From a 1977 "Pete Rose Day" city proclamation, to jerseys and bobbleheads, the collection is fittingly chronicled in the library's Cincinnati Room.

"Young and old have really appreciated it. A lot of times people see some of the things and realize, 'I had that when I was growing up,' or, 'I remember that game,'” Headley said.

Bringing that history to life for the home crowd, and the All-Star out-of-towners, is the goal.

"I think it's very important for us provide these glimpses of Cincinnati history,” said Headley.

The exhibit has been open all season, but will close on July 31.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.

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