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Reds Opening Night: First MLB night game in 1935
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Two days after opening the season against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds host opening night at Great American Ball Park.
After a rain delay of almost three hours fans got to see the Reds take the field under the lights. Before the game, fans packed the Kroger Fan Zone for opening night festivities, including an autograph session from players and coaches on the red carpet.
Justin Good says he's been to 23 straight Opening Day games and really likes what the club is doing on Opening Night.
"I love the tradition that they have started doing the last couple years, Opening Night. I remember years where the first game was packed. You come the second night and nobody was here. I love it now," said Good.
The Cincinnati Reds hosted the first ever major league night game back on May 24th, 1935. Inside the Reds Hall of Fame Museum, an entire case is dedicated to that piece of Reds history. The league decision to play the game was contested by a 5-3 owners vote. However, it worked, 20,000 people attended that first night game.
"They realized a lot of people can't come to the game during the day, they can come at night, so why don't we give it shot. And it worked, tremendously well," said Chris Eckes, museum curator.
On display in the museum, tickets from the game, the score card, signed baseballs and other pieces of Reds history.
"It's great to have these tangible pieces night baseball is now something people take for granted. It's hard to get your mind around the idea of it being something new and different which it certainly was in 1935," said Eckes.
Back in 1935, the game against the Phillies was supposed to be played on the 23rd, but was postponed because of rain.
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