UC stadium will be named for Schott
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Marge Schott's baseball legacy will live on, a few miles north of where her beloved Reds play.
University of Cincinnati athletic officials said Thursday that UC's baseball stadium will be named in honor of Schott, the controversial former owner of the Reds who died in March 2004. The move came in response to a $2 million donation from the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation to the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village project for upgrading UC's athletic facilities.
"The naming display will also include the phrase, 'The Lady Loved Baseball,' as a lasting memorial to her love for youth and baseball," said Bob Goin, who retired as UC's athletic director Thursday.
Varsity Village is a $100 million-plus upgrade of UC's athletic facilities. Part of the project involved the construction of the 3,300-seat stadium, which opened for play at the end of the 2004 season. It replaced the old Johnny Bench Field.
Schott, a longtime baseball fan, held controlling interest in the Reds from 1985 to 1999, when she was pushed to sell the team by Major League Baseball after a series of racial and ethnic slurs caused two suspensions.