The Reds Hall of Fame Baseball Brunch Series is your exclusive opportunity to interact with a Reds Hall of Famer or Reds Alumni on select Sundays throughout the 2013 season. Enjoy a brunch buffet in the Riverfront Club and listen as former Reds take center stage to recount their most memorable moments in Cincinnati. Each Reds Hall of Fame Baseball Brunch ticket includes a brunch buffet in the Riverfront Club at Great American Ball Park, a special program featuring discussion with a Reds Hall of Famer or Reds Alumni, a commemorative autographed item, a Field Box ticket to that day's Reds game and a ticket to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.
Commemorative Reds Hall of Fame Baseball Brunch Series item for July 7 is a matted autographed 8x10 image of Johnny Edwards and Jim Maloney. There will also be an opportunity for guests to meet and pose for a photo with Edwards and Maloney.
Please meet in the Hall of Fame at 10:45 a.m. to be escorted over to the Riverfront Club for brunch.
For questions about the brunch buffet menu or if you're interested in attending the brunch only, please contact Colin Ethier at 513.765.7921.
A Columbus, Ohio native and former Ohio State Buckeye, Johnny Edwards was a Red for 7 seasons from 1961-1967. During his rookie campaign, Edwards was the Reds leading hitter in the 1961 World Series. Edwards quickly created a reputation around the league as one of the National League's top catchers, and was named to three straight All-Star games from 1963-1965. In 1964 Edwards batted .281, which was only second on the Reds to Frank Robinson. During his 7 seasons with the Reds, Edwards smacked 53 homeruns and drove in 296 runs. Edwards caught Jim Maloney's 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs in 1965. Establishing himself as a defensive presence behind the plate, Edwards won the Gold Glove in 1963 and 1964. He led the league in games caught during the 1962, 1963, 1969, and 1970 seasons while also leading the league in assists 4 times and putouts 3 times. In addition, Edwards owned the National League's best fielding percentage in 1963, 1969, 1970, and 1971. With Johnny Bench waiting in the wings, Edwards was traded from the Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. He spent one season in St. Louis before finishing out his career in Houston with the Astros. His 151 starts as a catcher in 1969 with the Astros still stands as their franchise record for games caught by a catcher during a single season.
Jim Maloney is a native of Fresno, California and attended college at Fresno City College and the University of California at Berkley before signing with the Reds in 1959. He broke into the big leagues with the Reds in 1960 and was part of the 1961 Reds NL Championship run. Maloney went on to win 134 games over 11 seasons in Cincinnati before his departure in 1970. Recording 1605 career strikeouts with the Reds, Maloney is the Reds all-time leader in strikeouts. In 1963, Maloney broke into the Reds rotation, making all 33 starts and throwing 250.1 Innings, while recording 23 wins, 6 shutouts, 13 Complete Games and 265 strikeouts. Remarkably, Maloney's 23 wins and 265 K's were 2nd in the league to Sandy Koufax. With two no-hitters to his credit, Maloney is one of only two pitchers in Reds history to throw more than one no-hitter in a Reds uniform (Johnny Vander Meer is the other). On August 19, 1965, Maloney threw his first no-hitter to Johnny Edwards in a 10-inning shutout of the Chicago Cubs. To his credit, Maloney made it through 9 innings of hitless baseball 3 times, but only gets credit for 2 no-hitters because in 1965 against Mets, Maloney threw 10 innings of hitless baseball but gave up a lead-off homer in the 11th inning which resulted in a 1-0 loss. At age 30, Maloney suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in April of 1970, ultimately ending his career with the Reds and in baseball by 1971.