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Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:30

Rosies are Red
With hearts pumping for the Reds, this organization stands behind America's pastime in Cincinnati. Now, the president rounds third and heads for home, leading the group to revitalization.

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When rumors were abuzz with talk of the Reds' leaving Cincinnati in 1964, a group of baseball-loving women banded together and made it their job to keep the Reds in the Queen City. They called themselves the Rosie Reds.

 

Standing for Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest and Enthusiasm, Rosie members fought to root, root, root for the home team. They've been the Reds' biggest cheerleaders ever since, which makes them the longest continually running fan group of a Major League Baseball team.

 

At one point the Rosies boasted a filled-to-capacity organization of 3,000 members with a 1,200-person waiting list. "It seems like anybody you talk to has a mother or grandmother or an aunt that was a Rosie Red," Rosie President Lynne Gibson says.

 

With 1,600 current members, Gibson is looking to revitalize the Rosies and their die-hard love for Cincinnati baseball. The biggest step toward revamping the Rosies came with Rosie herself. The Rosies introduced a mascot in 2008 to give a face to the name. "It's starting to bring in younger people," Gibson says. "It used to be known as kind of an older woman's organization, which we're really trying to change that impression."

 

0110Fence_INSTORY.gif The Reds stand behind Gibson and the Rosies' renewal efforts and recently have appointed a Reds liaison to help ease communication and cooperation between the organizations. "We are truly honored to have such a dedicated, feisty group supporting us, and we want to help them reach all of their goals and visions for the future Rosie reds," Reds' Rosie liaison Jennifer Berger says. To make those goals and visions a reality, Gibson oversees all of the Rosies' events, including their annual business meeting, summer fashion show and out-of-town ballpark field trip.

 

As you probably can deduce, the Rosies are just as much about having fun as they are about promoting the Reds. Besides the two free tickets for the Guest of the Reds home game and four half-price ticket nights for the membership appreciation nights at Great American Ballpark, the $25 membership fee grants you access to the Rosie events and the group's camaraderie.

 

For more information about the Rosies Reds, head to RosieReds.org. To become a member of the organization, print out a membership form from the Web site or call Myra Riefle at (513) 731-3648.

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of Lynne Gibson

 

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