360 DEGREE VIEWS OF CROSLEY FIELD
I have tried to put together a series of images of Crosley Field as seen from all 360 degrees. It is obvious that some angles are much more prevalent than others, but I think I covered most areas.
Before I-75 After I-75
During the Communist hysteria of the 1950s the team used the name of Redlegs as a nickname in order to avoid any association with those nasty Russians.
THE AUTOMOBILE AND CROSLEY'S DEMISE
By the middle of the 1950's it became apparent that Crosley Field was in big trouble. After WWII the modes of travel for Americans began to change drastically. More and more people stopped relying on trolleys and busses to move about the city and, instead, owned their own automobile. As you can see in the first image below in 1956, the year the Reds attendance passed 1 million for the first time, the only main parking space was south of Crosley, on the west side of Dalton Street. Remember all the other parking spaces were being used by homes and businesses in the area. In the 2nd image you see the fans departing the stadium after the 1958 opener and heading south on Dalton Street. Many of these fans were going to the Cincinnati Union Terminal where they had special trains ready to take them home. Because it is opening day the city provided extra trolleys and busses to handle the large crowds. The 3rd image show the fans arriving in 1961 for a night game looking toward the stadium from Union Terminal. The 4th image shows where to park. This image was taken for a Reds ad for tickets sales during the beginning of 1961. By the time of the 1961 World Series in the 5th image you can see the vast number of buildings that were torn down for parking lots. The path for the new I75 expressway has been cleared at the lower right. No construction went on during the World Series so fans used the area as temporary seats sitting on the roofs of their cars and trucks.
1956 Leaving 1958 Arriving 1961 Reds Ticket Ad. early 1961 World Series 1961
The first image below is basically the same as the last image above, taken a few months later on Opening Day of 1962. A newer larger stadium was needed as Crosley was one of the smallest stadiums in the league. Of course we all know the results. Riverfront Stadium was finally constructed along the Ohio River After the Reds moved to Riverfront Stadium Crosley Field was turned into a auto impounding lot before it was razed in 1972. (see 2nd & 3rd rows below). Queensgate North Industrial Park is now located at this site (compare the 1991 image with the 1962 image).
Opening Day 1962 1962 After demolition 1991
Crosley as Impound Lot
1971 - Crosley Field being used as an auto impound lot
The Rev Bob Henson known as " The Singing Preacher", singing the National Anthem at Crosley Field.
Copyright 1947 Copyright 1949
A couple of postcards from the 40's combining Coke and the Reds.
The above item was given out by Frisch's Big Boy to commemorate the first game ever played at Riverfront Stadium 6/30/1970.
Crossing Fort Washington Way Coming up to gates Inside during game
The 3 real photo postcards above were taken by the same individual sometime in the 1970's.
From Parking Lot
Riverfront Stadium was opened on June 30, 1970 and was replaced in 2003 by The Great American Ballpark. The 3rd card shows the ceremonies for the 1970 All Star Game while the 4th card show the 1975 Championship trophy the Cincinnati Reds won.
Large size Postcard
The above photographs of Pete Rose vividly demonstrates how he played the game every day.
Rose Breaks Cobb's Record Painting by Arthur Miller
New Spring Training Facilities
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