Wednesday April 15, 2009

Reds Historian Will Discuss Big Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes will discuss the history of the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds teams of the 1970s, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the University of Dayton Roesch Library.

Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes will discuss the history of the Big Red Machine — the Cincinnati Reds teams of the 1970s — at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the University of Dayton Roesch Library.

Rhodes' appearance is part of Dayton at Bat!, an exhibit of baseball memorabilia from the collections of National Baseball Hall of Fame writer Si Burick and Dayton philanthropist Miriam Jacobs. Rhodes' appearance and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

The four-month display has the only known baseball autographed by three of the world's top four home run hitters — Sadaharu Oh, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. Baseballs autographed by Warren Spahn, Johnny Vander Meer, Lefty Grove, Bob Feller and President Woodrow Wilson, and a manuscript of Sparky Anderson's biography, The Main Spark, also are among the approximately 140 items on display now through June 14.

Parking for library events is free. On weekends use B Lot, which can be entered after turning from Stewart Street to Zehler Street. During the week please stop at the Visitor Center for a parking pass. For more information, visit http://library.udayton.edu/baseball.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.

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