View Full Version : What was your first Reds game you remember attending?

Red Buckeye
11-16-2012, 04:11 PM
I would love to hear about everyone's first Reds experience.

The first Reds game I remember going to was against San Diego in 1991. I was 8 at the time and didn't really know much about baseball. I knew the Reds were the champs and for some reason I thought they had always been the champs, not grasping the fact that there was a World Series every year.

My parents just told me they were the best team in baseball and I assumed that meant they always had been.

Anyways, from what I remember of the game, our seats were somewhere behind home plate in the Green Seats. They were a bunch of Latino Padres fans in front of us and after my Mom explained to me what Padres meant I thought in my 8 year old brain that all Padres fans were Latino.

As for the game, the Reds lost.

Yeah not much of a story but I'd love to hear some other stories!

11-16-2012, 04:21 PM
I dont know what the first game was but the earliest I can remember was the game Barry Larkin became a 30/30 shortstop.

New York Red
11-16-2012, 04:29 PM
My memory of it is obviously sketchy, but for me it would have been a Reds/Giants game around 1967 or 1968, at Crosley Field. I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. The only thing I clearly remember is my dad pointing to the field and saying "that's Willie Mays right there". For some reason that one line always stayed in my memories. The earliest games I can clearly remember would have been in the early years of Riverfront Stadium. Special times and special teams. And obviously a great time to be a kid attending Reds games.

11-16-2012, 04:47 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 1979 vs. the Phillies at Riverfront. I was in Dayton visiting my Aunt and Uncle and they took me to my first baseball game ever. I wasn't a baseball fan at the time, only 9 yrs. old but soon after the game I became a Reds fan for life! The Reds won 2-1 in 10 innings on a Vic Correll pinch hit double driving in Ray Knight. Steve Carlton went the distance striking out 12 and Bill Bonham pitched 8 innings for the home team. Tom Hume got the win in relief. I don't remember what kind of reception Pete Rose got returning to Cincy but I think he had visited earlier in the season so it wasn't too bad.

11-16-2012, 09:11 PM
Riverfront...1982, Red seats...got lost and large police officer found my group.

Reds won 10-0 over the Cardinals

11-16-2012, 10:52 PM
It was in 1988 and I believe it was against the Pirates. I was 5 years old. I remember trying to learn how to fill out a scorecard.

11-17-2012, 09:20 AM
It would have to be around 1949 or 1950. I was 9 or 10 and went to Crosley Field with a church group. I don't remember the score or who one. I don't even remember who they were playing. We kids were more interested in the concession stand. Oh yeh, we had box seats right behind home plate.

11-17-2012, 09:26 AM
It was against the Giants with Mays and McCovey! At Crosley Field, 1966, I was 9 years old. Don't remember the score but it was Tommy Harper Bat Day!

11-17-2012, 12:43 PM
I believe my first game was this one http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN199508062.shtml

I got there towards the end of the game before (so i got double free baseball since game 2 went extras :D). I need to see if I can find the stub... I was 7

Spider Tre
11-17-2012, 10:14 PM

my first of only two games i've been to. me and my folks sat in the left field bleachers in the first row near the Reds' bullpen. it was friggin' hot that day and it didn't help when there were a lot more sky than clouds lol

my neck and arms were burnt. luckly, i wore a cap so my face wasn't burnt. at least, not as much as my neck and arms lol

Larry Largen
11-18-2012, 11:17 AM
When I was a toddler I was at Riverfront to see the Big Red Machine. But the first game i remember was the Reds at dodger stadium in "06" Griffey Jr hit a home run! I sat in field level seats on the first base side.

11-18-2012, 11:44 AM
June 27, 1986 I went to the game with my best friend's family. I remember the first time I saw the field I had never seen anything so green before in my life. I don't remember who won the game but that night I stayed at my friends house that next morning I got a call to come home and I was then told that my mother had passed away. She had been battling cancer for sometime. I was 12 years old.

11-18-2012, 06:41 PM
My first game was 1975 against the Expos sitting in the green seats behind home plate. My relatives somehow got the tickets through Pete Mackanin when he played for the Expos. The Reds won the game. I thought the astro turf was super cool when I saw it. I still have the plastic Reds helmet purchased at that game currently in my billiard room. :thumbup:

11-18-2012, 07:52 PM
1987: Astros v. Reds. Ted Power was pitching. I remember Dave Parker was hbp and charged the mound.

11-18-2012, 09:09 PM
Saw Tom Seaver's first or second start for the reds i think in 77 at Olympic stadium .I don't remember much except just missed catching a Pete Rose batting Practice home run!:lol:

11-19-2012, 09:25 AM
Aug 16 or 17, 1983 in Pittsburgh. My parents took me for my birthday, driving up from NC and stopping at Gettysburg and a few other places on the way (always had educational things like that in our family trips). I was a huge Johnny Bench fan as a kid-became a catcher because of him-so my parents took me to see him before he retired (they had moved to NC from Pittsburgh, so was a chance for them to see old friends as well). I have never looked it up to confirm it, but think JB hit his last road homer that game. Only other thing I recall is the Pittsburgh Penguins team was sitting in front of us, kept standing so I couldnt see and I finally told them to sit down-to my dads shock and concern of how they would react.

11-19-2012, 09:30 AM
I was only seven years old but I rememeber the game because the Reds hit 7 home runs and beat the Cubs 22-2. Even Hal Jeffcoat, the starting pitcher hit one out. My family was sitting in left field just a few seats from the field and I thought that Crosley Field was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen. The date was June 1, 1957.

11-19-2012, 11:39 AM
Reds-Dodgers circa 1977 or 78. I wish I knew the date for sure. I've always wanted to go back and see box score for the game. All I can recall is Johnny Bench went deep, I think, twice. I know he had one. Dad was a Reds fan and Mom was a Dodgers fan. Me and Dad went home happy. :D

11-19-2012, 01:23 PM
In the fall of '81 I saw the Reds and Dodgers play. The Reds still had some BRM holdovers. I think Pastore may have been on the mound, but I remember the other eight for sure: Bench, Dreissen, Oester, Knight, Concepcion, Foster, Griffey and Collins.

11-19-2012, 05:37 PM
I dont remember it but my first game was when my dad snuck me to a Reds game when I was 4 weeks old. My mother was furious.

11-20-2012, 06:23 AM
In 1973 my father was USAF, just stationed at WPAFB, in Dayton. Back in those days, before Al Gore invented the internet, we headed to the Rike's department store ticket office to get our tickets. The lady behind the counter pulled out blocks of tickets that they had available for upcoming games. No such thing as 'best available', only the best available from the bundle of tickets that the store was allotted. Front row, right behind second base.

On game day morning, armed with a poster sized book of maps from Rand McNally,(no GPS then), we hopped on I-75. As we got closer to Cinci the lack of detail in the map made it useless. Stuck in traffic, we noticed a small 'stadium' sign pointing to get off the exit. So we turned off the Ezzard Charles road exit. No stadium in sight. Keeping with the flow of traffic we continued looking for more signs that would direct us in the right direction. Nothing. As we passed by a huge stretch of metal recycling/junk yard looking part of town we were sure we couldn't possibly be in the right place. But then as the road swung to the left, there it was, Riverfront Stadium straight at the end of the road. It was Beautiful! It looked like a crown at the end of our road.

Honestly, don't remember much specifically about the game. Who won? Don't know. Who did we play? Not sure. Just seeing Sparky Anderson, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and the rest of the Big Red Machine in person for the first time was such a treat. But, most of all, it was the memories of the adventure of going to our first game that I cherish the most.

Australian Red
11-20-2012, 09:18 PM
I'm still waiting to pop my cherry

11-20-2012, 10:15 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 1979 vs. the Phillies at Riverfront. I was in Dayton visiting my Aunt and Uncle and they took me to my first baseball game ever. I wasn't a baseball fan at the time, only 9 yrs. old but soon after the game I became a Reds fan for life!

Geez, that sounds almost like my first game. I was 10 and we were in Dayton visiting relatives the first week of August in 1979 and my dad decided to take me and my cousin to a Reds game. They were playing the Braves and we sat in the upper level down the 3rd base line. The Reds hit 2 or 3 HR's and won 3-1.

11-21-2012, 10:14 AM
1984 in the green seats. I don't remember anything about the game, but I do remember seeing the field coming out of the tunnel and also walking on the rubber dividers outside of the stadium between the blocks of concrete.