Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cincinnati Reds’ team historian speaking at Republican Club

Everyone is invited to hear featured speaker Greg Rhodes, author and team historian of the Cincinnati Reds, at the 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 27 meeting of the Norwood Republican Club. The group meets at the Community Center at 1810 Courtland Avenue.

A native of Richmond, Ind., Greg Rhodes is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up rooting for the Reds of the 1950s and 1960s, listening to the play-by-play and stories of former Reds announcer Waite Hoyt. Rhodes was named the executive director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum when it opened in 2004 and served in that capacity until retiring from the position in July 2007.

Rhodes has continued to serve as team historian and remains active in speaking engagements regarding the history of Reds baseball. He is the host of the Reds Hall of Fame highlight moments heard prior to each Reds game on the Reds Radio Network pregame show. He has co-authored six books on the Cincinnati Reds, including Redleg Journal and Reds in Black and White, both winners of the The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award. A former social studies teacher, Rhodes worked for the Cincinnati Historical Society from 1987-'92, helped plan the creation of the new history museum at the Museum Center, served as a former president of the board of Historic Southwest Ohio, been the chairman of the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and is past-president of the Cincinnati Red Stockings vintage baseball team.

12:15 p.m., 4/27/09 UPDATE: We just received this email from Casey Brown: "Unfortunately our speaker for tonite, Greg Rhodes, had to cancel due to the death of his mother. Please keep him in your prayers. We will hopefully be able to re-schedule him to attend a future meeting."