It’s been a long career in Cincinnati for Marty Brennaman. He began calling Reds games in 1974 and he’s been doing it every year since. But this is the last season for the voice of the Reds that’s been around for the entire lives of many Cincinnati fans. And on Friday afternoon the Reds announced a whole lot of things they are doing to celebrate his career.
Perhaps the biggest of all is that they will induct Marty Brennaman into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2020. And he will by the only inductee of the class. The induction will take place the weekend of April 25th next year. You can get more details on that right here.
This season, with just over a month left, there are also a whole lot of things planned around Marty Brennaman. There will be special broadcasts, a giveaway, meet-and-greets, and more.
His final broadcast will be on Thursday afternoon, September 26th against the Milwaukee Brewers. Probably. If the Reds make the playoffs, he will continue to broadcast the games for the Reds throughout the season and the playoffs.
Marty meeting with fans at Great American Ballpark
On September 3rd, 4th, and 7th, Marty will visit with fans on the concourses of Great American Ballpark. Exact details for when/which concourse areas have not been announced for this yet.
Broadcasting from a temporary booth at Gappers Alley
Marty Brennaman will broadcast the game on September 20th from a temporary radio booth at Gapper’s Alley. On September 24th and 25th he will be doing the pre-game radio broadcast from the same place.
The Final Game, and Giveaway
On September 26th the first 20,000 fans will receive a Cincinnati Reds transistor radio so they can listen to the game at the stadium. Jeff Brantley will be in the booth for that game with Marty Brennaman.
After the game, which is a 12:35pm day game, the Reds will bring a stage onto the field and invite everyone in attendance to come out onto the field to take in a program honoring Marty that will be hosted by Jim Day.
There will also be giveaways on both September 24th and 25th. On the 24th there will be an oversized replica ticket from the April 4th, 1974 Reds game handed out, commemorating Marty’s first broadcast with the organization. On the 25th there will be a commemorative Marty Brennaman Print handed out, celebrating his selection for the 2020 Reds Hall of Fame. Both will be presented to the first 20,000 fans at the game.