Rosie Reds

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Rosie Reds, Inc. is a 2600 member philanthropic and social organization focused around the Cincinnati Reds. Originally founded by the women of Cincinnati, the club formed in June of 1964 when there was danger of the National League franchise being taken out of the city. The acronym ROSIE stands for Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest and Enthusiasm in the Cincinnati Reds. Today, the Rosie Reds is the longest running fan club in Major League Baseball. [1]

The organization's initial dues were $5.00, and members received preferred tickets to a Reds game at Crosley Field, invitations to year round social events, and regular notice of Rosie philanthropy drives. In January 1965, the initial charter membership topped 800 members.[2]

In 1971, during the days of The Big Red Machine, the organization boasted 3000 members, with an additional 1200 prospective members on a waiting list; it was not unusual for prospective members to wait five years to be granted membership in the club. That same year, membership was opened to men.[3]

The Rosies award baseball endowments or scholarships annually. Additionally, an award of $2,500 is given to the Powel Crosley Junior - Kid Glove Association. An award is also made to a senior female athlete from Cincinnati's Withrow High School in memory of Nancy Gomien, a past president of the Rosie Reds. The Rosie Reds also support the Annual Kid Glove games held at Great American Ball Park. [4]

The current president Tom Juengling made history when he became the first male president of the Rosie Reds.[5]

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