CINCINNATI - The Reds kicked off their celebration and countdown for the 2015 All-Star Game Wednesday by unveiling the logo that will be displayed around town and on official All-Star wear and souvenirs.
The nostalgic logo design is symbolic of the Reds' standing as the first professional baseball club, founded in 1869. The iconic pill box hat and handlebar mustache are a playful reflection on some of the sport’s original players, the club said.
The All-Star Game will be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park.
All-Star Game merchandise on sale at Reds shops at Great American Ball Park. (Photo by Ron Fischer/WCPO).
No ticket information was announced, although Reds officials have said season-ticket holders probably will scoop up all of the tickets allotted to the club.
“Today’s logo unveiling is the first of many exciting things that will happen throughout Reds Country, as we prepare for the honor of hosting Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in 2015, Reds CEO Bob Castellini said. "The design chosen pays homage to the historical significance of Reds baseball. It is a tribute to our fans who have loved this game for generations.”
Castellini, MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan and local dignitaries took part in the ceremony Wednesday morning at Great American Ball Park.
The last time Cincinnati hosted an All-Star game was in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium. The Reds also hosted in 1970, 1953 and 1938.
The 2015 All-Star-Game logo.
Cincinnati economists have estimated next year’s event could be worth up to $80 million for the Cincinnati economy, as spending by up to 150,000 out-of-town visitors ripples through restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions.
Major League Baseball has turned its annual All Star Game into a week-long baseball convention, with events that go beyond the game, including a Home Run Rerby, a huge private party called the All Star Gala, a Major League Futures game that showcases minor league talent, a celebrity softball game featuring former major leaguers, a free concert that draws up to 30,000 people, a 5-K fun run and a fan fest similar to the Reds Fest that Cincinnati hosts every winter.
Pete Rose got approval from Commissioner Bud Selig to participate. The Reds haven't announced how they will involve Rose, who was banned for baseball in 1989 for gambling on Reds games.