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Cincinnati Reds Opening Day History

Opening Day:

How One Game Became Cincinnati’s Baseball Holiday

By Greg Rhodes - Cincinnati Reds Team Historian

"It's a holiday—a baseball holiday! Ain’t no other place in America got that!"
— Sparky Anderson

Opening Day, 1971, the Big Red Machine opened the season at Riverfront as the National League's defending champs before 51,000 shivering fans in 45 degree weather. The Reds lost to the Braves, 7-4.

When Sparky Anderson arrived on the scene with the Reds in 1970, Opening Day was an established holiday in Cincinnati. Continue Reading


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Top Seven Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Ticket Stubs since 1930 (nearly any ticket prior to 1930 is very difficult to find)

7: 1970 Sparky Anderson's debut as coach and Dave Concepcion debut. This was at Crosley field and not at Riverfront Stadium as many incorrectly state when selling the ticket. (7/2014, online auction $51)
6: 1961 The year that the Reds go to the World Series for the first time since 1940.
5: 1974 Hank Aaron hits HR #714 to tie Babe Ruth (depending on condition $40 - $140+ for stubs, these appear often)
4: 1956 Frank Robinson debut and Stan Musial hits career HR #326, with Red Schoendienst on base. (6/2012, online auction $110; 1/2013, Graded PSA 2, online auction,$205); 2/2013, online auction $228; 4/2013, Full Ticket, online auction $322.
3: 1953 First game of Milwaukee Braves, previously known as Boston Braves (1/2011 online auction $380)
2: 1954 Hank Aaron debut (6/2012 online auction $370)
1: 1963 Pete Rose debut (5/2012 online auction > $800)

Prior to 1930 (very few pre-1900 tickets exist)
1876 First Opening Day for Cincinnati Reds
1878 Mike "King" Kelly debut
1882 Bid McPhee debut
1891 Cy Young win
1902 Joe Tinker debut and first game at Palace of the Fans
1912 First Game at Redland Field/Crosley Field
1921 Stub sold for $205 (Feb 2013 online auction)
1922 Gabby Hartnett debut Grover Alexander win
1927 Lloyd Waner "Little Poison" debut

Other tickets
1939 Went to W.S. Stub sold for $105 (Mar 2013 online auction)
1943 Full Ticket sold for $125 (Mar 2013 online auction)
1944 Stub sold for $26 (Oct 2013 online auction)
1948 Stub sold for $98 (Feb 2013 online auction)
1949 Stub sold for $18, Enos Slaughter #103 HR of career (Oct 2013 online auction)