From the Hamilton Journal:
The Cincinnati Reds will retire jersey number 13, worn from 1970-88 by shortstop Dave Concepcion, prior to the Reds-Cubs game on Saturday, July 28, at Great American Ball Park.
At its meeting last week, the board of directors of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum voted unanimously to retire the uniform number of the Venezuelan native. Each fan attending the 7:10 p.m. game will receive a commemorative replica of a painting that will be presented to Concepcion that day.
“He was the best shortstop of his era and certainly one of the greatest in the history of our storied franchise,” said Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. “Number 13 deserves to hang next to the uniform jerseys of Bench and Morgan and Perez.”
Concepcion’s 13 will be the ninth number retired by the Reds, joining Fred Hutchinson’s 1, Johnny Bench’s 5, Joe Morgan’s 8, Sparky Anderson’s 10, Ted Kluszewski’s 18, Frank Robinson’s 20, Tony Perez’ 24 and Jackie Robinson’s 42. Concepcion was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000.
Concepcion was the best of his era….and a borderline HOFer, in my opinion…but how many uniform numbers do you retire? Where’s the dividing line?
UPDATE: The Reds have changed the date of this ceremony from July 28th to August 25th. July 28th is HOF induction weekend and there were scheduling conflicts with some of Davey’s teammates who attend the HOF induction, so it was re-scheduled.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.