Crosley Field mural painting begins

Crosley Field mural painting begins
Rendering of Crosley Field mural (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Villines)
Rendering of Crosley Field mural (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Villines)
Crosley Field (FOX19 NOW/file)
Crosley Field (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Painting began Monday on the new Crosley Field Historic Site mural at City Gospel Mission, 1805 Dalton Ave.

Former Cincinnati Reds Tommy Helms is leading a group of volunteers and VIPs painting the "first stroke."

In 2015, City Gospel Mission moved to the property that was the Reds' home from 1912-1970.

Monday is the 104th anniversary of the first game played at Crosley Field (then called Redland Field).

The mural will be painted on the side of the City Gospel Mission building as part of the Crosley Field Historic Site, a partnership between City Gospel Mission and the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

The public can be a part of history by purchasing a personalized brick to be part of a special plaza.

Packages start at $175 and include a replica keepsake brick in addition to the installed brick.

Brick sizes available include 4x8 inches and 8x8 inches. A sale start date has not been set. See for details.

The larger-than-life mural depicting Crosley Field circa mid-1950s is the creation of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful artists.

This 17-foot-by-50-foot public work of art will feature replica advertisements from the era along with recreations of the urban and industrial
surroundings of the iconic ballpark.

"When developing this design, we were inspired by Cincinnati's rich baseball history," said Katie Davis, KCB's arts program manager.

"Many of the businesses advertised on the old billboards are still around, even if the ballpark is not. We're so excited to be a part of this project recognizing the old Crosley Field site."

The mural unveiling and site grand opening will be June 6.

The Crosley Field Historic Site will be free to visit. Its features include:

• Replica left-field foul pole and right-field foul pole

• Replica light pole

• Historical photos provided by the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

• A plaza with replica seats & commemorative bricks

• Base markers

• A 17-foot-by-50-foot mural of Crosley

• A self-guided tour brochure with guided tours also possible for visitors

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