The Cincinnati Reds will unveil and dedicate a bronze statue of franchise Hall of Famer Pete Rose at Great American Ball Park on Saturday.
The dedication ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at Crosley Terrace outside the main gate. Ballpark gates open at 2 p.m. The first 30,000 fans will receive a replica of the Rose statue. On-field ceremonies honoring Rose begin at 3:30 p.m. The Reds take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:10.
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Scheduled to join Rose for the dedication are Rose’s former Big Red Machine teammates Johnny Bench, Jack Billingham, Dave Concepcion, Doug Flynn, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., Joe Morgan and Tony Perez.
The Rose statue will be the eighth at Great American Ball Park all sculpted by local artist Tom Tsuchiya, joining statues of Joe Nuxhall, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Ted Kluszewski, Bench, Morgan and Perez. The sculpture captures Rose during one of his trademark headfirst slides.