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The Old Ballgame

Welcome! This is a walking tour of public art in Downtown Cincinnati centered around the Great American Ballpark with stops at restaurants and interesting spots along the way. Have fun!


Ever wish you could impress and astound your friends with obscure knowledge about the Reds? With your next trip to Great American Ball Park, your baseball dreams can come true.

Before the big game, start with a burger – or a hearty sandwich, flatbread, or salad – and a local beer brewed in the Bavarian tradition at the Moerlein Lager House. The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, born in 1853, in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, was reintroduced in 2004, along with several other historic Cincinnati beer brands. All the beer served at the Lager House is brewed onsite.

(From the restaurant’s large windows you have an excellent view of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1866. At that time Moerlein v 1.0 was producing 26,000 barrels of beer each year.)

Ready for the big game? As the first professional baseball team in America – founded in 1869 – the Reds have an illustrious history, celebrated at GABP. As you head toward the main entrance, look up to see The Spirit of Baseball, a bas relief sculpture of Indiana limestone inspired by the art deco look of Union Terminal.

When you enter Crosley Terrace, you will be greeted by the youngest player (ever!) in MLB history and beloved Reds’ broadcaster Joe Nuxhall. Nuxy’s catcher, immortalized in bronze, is Ernie Lombardi, the first Red to win the NL MVP award, in 1938. You’ll also meet the 1961 NL MVP, Frank Robinson, who that year lead the Reds to their first pennant in 21 years. The last statue on Crosley Terrace is Ted Kluszewski, the power-hitting fan favorite who averaged 43 home runs and 116 RBIs from 1953-56.

No visit to Reds Country is complete without a mention of The Big Red Machine. At Nuxy’s Entrance, you will be greeted by 14-time All-Star, two-time NL MVP, 1976 World Series MVP, and greatest catcher in baseball, Johnny Bench. One of his teammates can be found at the corner of Johnny Bench Way and Joe Nuxhall Way, you’ll find Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame second baseman and NL MVP on the World Series Champion teams of 1975 and ’76.

Depending on how the home team does, you can celebrate or drown your sorrows across the street at CRAVE, 175 Joe Nuxhall Way.