Cincinnati Reds

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Cincinnati Reds fan.

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Johnny Bench: Topps Rookie Award

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Spending all 17 seasons of his career with Cincinnati, Johnny Bench is one of the most decorated Reds players. But his skills were recognized even before he earned 14 All-Star nods, 10 Gold Gloves, and two NL MVP Awards when Topps named him to its All-Star Rookie Team and presented him with this trophy in 1968.

Scooter Gennett: Four Home Run Bat

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Swinging this rose-colored bat on June 6, 2017, Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett went 5-for-5 with 10 RBI. All but one of his at-bats were home runs, becoming one of 18 players to hit four homers in a game.

Ken Griffey Jr.: 500th Home Run Helmet

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On June 20, 2004, Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. wore this helmet when he stepped up to the plate in the top of the sixth inning against the Cardinals and smashed his 500th career home run. "The Kid" would finish his 22-year career with 630 homers.

Billy Hatcher: World Series-Record Bat

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Doing his part to help Cincinnati sweep Oakland in the 1990 World Series, Billy Hatcher set a Series record with seven consecutive base hits through Games 1 and 2. The Reds outfielder used this bat in the final at-bat of his streak.

Jim Maloney: No-Hitter Glove

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After losing a no-hitter earlier in the season against the Mets, Cincinnati's Jim Maloney was able to go the distance and no-hit the Cubs, 1-0, on August 19, 1965. The Reds pitcher wore this glove as he struck out 12 over 10 innings, the winning run coming from teammate Leo Cardenas' extra-inning solo homer.

Joe Morgan: Infielder's Glove

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Joe Morgan used this glove for part of his 22-year career and patrolled second base in Cincinnati for eight seasons (1972-1979). A key member of the Big Red Machine, Morgan helped the Reds take home back-to-back World Championships in 1975 and 1976 while also earning NL MVP honors those same seasons.

Pete Rose: Hit #4,192 Shoes

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Cincinnati's Pete Rose wore these shoes on September 11, 1985, when he hit a single in the bottom of the first inning to record his 4,192nd hit. With the hit, the baseball world celebrated his passing Ty Cobb to become the all-time hit king. Rose finished his 24-year career with an unmatched feat of 4,256 hits.

Joey Votto: 2018 Final Game Shoes

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With a walk in these shoes during the final game of the 2018 regular season, Cincinnati's Joey Votto secured his league-leading .417 on-base percentage. It was the seventh time in the first baseman's career that he led the National League in OBP.

Harry Wright: Red Stocking Medal

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In 1868, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of baseball's pre-professional era presented player/manager Harry Wright with this medal. Though not the same franchise as the club of the 1860s, the modern-day Cincinnati Reds borrowed (and later shortened) the historic name when they first joined the major leagues in 1882.

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