UC to remove Marge Schott name from baseball stadium

Updated: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:38 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Board of Trustees at the University of Cincinnati voted to remove the name of the late Cincinnati Reds owner and philanthropist Marge Schott from the university’s baseball stadium.

Marge Schott Stadium was named after the controversial general manager, president, and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-99.

A second space at the campus, an archives library, will also have the name removed.

Jordan Ramey, a former UC baseball player, began a petition to have the name changed.

The university says the Board, which makes decisions about naming, consulted with President Pinto.

“We the Board of Trustees, agree with President Pinto’s assessment that Marge Schott’s record of racism and bigotry stands at odds with University’s core commitment to dignity, equity and inclusion. We further agree that attempts to modify the name and its detrimental effects would be ineffective,” the resolution states.

The Marge & Charles Schott Foundation released a statement in early June about the naming controversy. Tuesday it released another:

“Over the past week, there has been public discussion about major financial gifts with naming rights from the Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation to community organizations as it relates to the current conversation around racial equality.

“While we cannot make excuses for the rhetoric made by Mrs. Schott decades ago, we can ask you to learn from Mrs. Schott’s mistakes as well as her great love for Cincinnati.

“We appreciate what these great organizations bring to Cincinnati and we fully support the decisions made by the organizations who have received grants from the Foundation. We will continue to support the Cincinnati community and the important work of our charities and non-profits.”

The foundation has not asked UC for a refund, according to a spokesperson with GameDay Communications, the foundation’s PR firm.

Read the entire resolution below:

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