Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
—Red Legends of Crosley Field, Tom Tsuchiya Sculptor —
Even more legendary than Ernie Lombardi's pronounced profile were his blistering line drives. Using an interlocking grip and one of the league's heaviest bats, the Crosley-era catcher hit better than .300 seven times for the Reds and remains the only catcher in major league history with two batting titles. On the eve of Cincinnati's back-to-back pennants in 1939-40, Lombardi became the first Red to win an MVP award, hitting a league-best .342 with 19 home runs and 95 RBIs in 1938. The eight-time All-Star was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1958 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.
Erected 2003 by the Cincinnati Reds.
Location. 39° 5.874′ N, 84° 30.501′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Touch for map. Marker and statue are on Crosley Terrace, the entrance plaza of Great American Ballpark, about 150 feet from the intersection of Fort Washington Way (US Route 50) and Main Street (Ohio Route 100). Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank Robinson (here, next to this marker); Ted Kluszewski (a few steps from this marker); Joe Nuxhall Cincinnati Reds (within shouting distance of this marker); Salmon Portland Chase (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Washington Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burnet House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . .
1. There Was Slow, and There was Ernie Lombardi. (Submitted on November 26, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ernie Lombardi's Statistics. (Submitted on November 26, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Persons • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 841 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 26, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.