Saturday, June 20, 2009


This cartoon, from June 25th, 1980, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The stadium was the home of both the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. Highlights by this milestone included Tom Seaver's no-hitter, Pete Rose's 3000th hit, and Hank Aaron's tying of Babe Ruth's home run record.

Both the Reds and Bengals have had new stadiums built in the last decade (at taxpayer expense), but I'll always have a nostalgic feeling for Riverfront. I was never much of a sports fan, but when I was a kid we always went once a year as a big group, with Crackerjacks and everything. I was excited but a little sad to see it go like this.


Booksteve said...

Gotta admit I have no interest in those two ugly, ego-fed ballparks that are there now but I will always have a soft spot for Riverfront. Never a sports fan, we tended to go only about once a year from 1970 through 1988. That year, I actually won two opening day blue seat tickets at work and was able to take my dad. They were right behind home plate! he loved it! My wife and I went to see Paul McCartney there a few years later and that was the last time I went.

Matt Tauber said...

Booksteve - I was at the same McCartney show! 1993, right? That was my first time seeing him, back when tickets weren't a kabillion dollars.