This is the second post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located.
#1 – Baltimore (Orioles)
#2 – Boston (Red Sox)
#3 – Chicago (Cubs)
#4 – Chicago (White Sox)
From the guide:
Karl Baedecker was the founder of a German publishing firm of guide books covering all of Europe and parts of Africa. These guide books became so celebrated, and came into such universal use that the name “Baedeker” has become synonymous with guide book. In World War II the German air raids on the English cathedral towns were called “Baedeker Raids”
Published by Whisenant-Glenn Enterprises
This guide book came into being because as a traveling ball player I have long needed such a book covering the cities visited, listing places the would be useful and convenient to know about….
Our group assembled the lists over the past season (1961) and we hope too many places haven’t moved or changed their phone numbers….
We are sorry for any error or changes or omissions, but hope we’ll be informed of them so that they can be corrected in the next printing. And we hope you find this Baedeker as useful as we intend it to be.
*note – all images posted are from the Cardboard America Collection unless otherwise stated.
Cincinnati, Ohio – Home of the Cincinnati Reds
1962 Record: 98-64, Finished 3rd in the National League
Manager: Fred Hutchinson
Hall of Famers: Frank Robinson
The Reds entered the season as the defending NL Champions, having won the ’61 pennant by 4 games over the second-place Dodgers. The Reds’ lineup returned intact, although sophomore Leo Cardenas was set to replace veteran Eddie Kasko at shortstop, putting the versatile Kasko in a “super-sub” role. That all changed in spring training when slugging third-baseman Gene Freese broke his ankle during an intra-squad game and missed virtually the entire season. The light-hitting Kasko was moved to third base and played well, but the Reds sorely missed the 26 home runs and 87 RBI that Freese had provided the year before. The lack of Freese’s big bat severely hurt the Reds’ chances to repeat as National League champions.
The Dodgers and Giants dominated the National League most of the year, with the Reds a distant third. Aided by two expansion teams (the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets), the top NL teams were winning at a very high rate. By June 6, Giants were 40-16 (.714) and the Dodgers 40-17 (.702). The Reds were playing solid baseball themselves (29-20, .592), but still trailed the Giants by 7½ games and the Dodgers by 7. Cincinnati stayed a relatively distant third for most of the season until a 9-game winning streak Aug. 5-13 drew the Reds to within 6½ games of the Dodgers and to within 4 games of the Giants. By Aug. 25, the Reds had crept to within 3 games of the Dodgers and 3½ games of the Giants, thanks to a 6-game winning streak.
The Reds had made up ground on both the Giants and the Dodgers, who had finally started to fade. Los Angeles lost star pitcher Sandy Koufax to a finger injury on July 17 against the Reds. The lefty missed 58 games and approximately 13 to 14 starts before returning in September. The Giants came to Crosley Field to play a 2-game set with the Reds Sept. 12-13, the last time the Giants and Reds would meet. The Reds won both games to pull to within 3 games of the Giants and Dodgers with 13 games to go. With first place within reach, the Reds went on a crucial 9-game road trip to New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but won just 3 of 9 games, going 1-2 in each city. Meanwhile, the Giants also initially stumbled down the stretch. After leaving Cincinnati, the Giants went to Pittsburgh and promptly got swept in a 4-game series at Forbes Field, which marked 6-straight losses. San Francisco righted the ship and won 7 of its last 11 to tie the Dodgers at 101-61 while the Reds were three games back. In a 3-game “playoff” series where the statistics counted for the regular season, San Francisco beat Los Angeles 2 games to 1 to win the right to face the New York Yankees in the 1962 World Series.
The Reds finished with virtually the same winning percentage (.605) as the one (.604) that was good enough to win the NL pennant in 1961. Reds right fielder Frank Robinson followed up his ’61 MVP season with another monster year at the plate, slugging 39 home runs (3rd in the NL), 136 RBI (3rd in the NL), and his .342 batting average was just .004 behind the Dodgers’ Tommy Davis in a race for the batting crown. Robinson also led the league with 134 runs scored and a 1.045 OPS, while he was second in the Senior Circuit with 208 hits and 380 total bases. Robinson finished fourth in the NL MVP voting behind Maury Wills, Willie Mays and Davis.
Crosley Field (1912-1970, demolished in 1972)
Downtown Office at 415 Union Central Building
Games at 1:30 or 7:35 PM, DH at 1 or 5
Clark St. 15 & S Cumminsvile SC buses
Arrow Exp. Bus from Gov. Sq. for night games
Parking for 2,500 cars
REDS SPORTSCASTERS: Waite Hoyt, Ed Kennedy, Frank McCormick
Reds games broadcast over WKRC and Telecast over WLW-TV
Netherland Hilton – 5th & Race
Sheraton Gibson – 421 Walnut
Sinton – 4th & Vine
Terrace Hilton* – 6th near Vine
Vernon Manor – Oak & Burnet
*Hosts to visiting ball club
Barkley House – Airport, Covington, KY
Carrousel – 8001 Reading Rd.
Drake – 8109 Reading Rd.
Holiday Inn – Rtes 75 & 25. 2235 Sharon
Kenton Manor – Rtes 25, 127 – Covington, KY
North Plaza – 7911 Reading Rd.
Schilling’s – 1939 Dixie Hwy.
Town Center – 3356 Central Parkway
TraveLodge – 3244 Central Parkway
BARS, NIGHT CLUBS
Backstage Cocktail Lounge – 523 Carew Place
Barn & Hangar – Gano & Lodge
The Granada – 2440 Alexandra, Highland Heights
Johnny’s Cafe – 1606 Race
Lorelei – 27 East 6th
Over 21 – Hotel Alms, Victory Parkway & Taft
Piano Lounge – 515 Walnut
Rendezvous Bar – 420 Vine Street
Henry the Hatter – Carew Tower Arcade
Shillito – 7th & Race
Siebler Clothes – 618 Vine
Squires-Lawton – Swifton Center & at 14 E. 4th St.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Cincinnati Gardens – 2250 Seymour
Hamilton Raceway – Rte 4, Hamilton, Ohio
Mergard’s Bowling Lanes – 1322 E. mcMillan
River Downs, Inc. Race Track – 6301 Kellogg
Brass Key Restaurant – Highway 27
Caproni’s – 610 Main St.
Charcoal Steak House – 1106 E. McMillan
The Colony – 420 Walnut
Firsch’s Big Boy – 8th & Madison
Gourmet – 6th near Vine in Terrace Hilton
Grammer’s – 1440 Walnut
Hathaway’s – Carew Tower
Jorge’s Restaurant – 420 Vine
Junior’s – 6th & Walnut
LaNormandie – 505 Walnut
Maisonette – Walnut near 5th
Mills Restaurant – 31 East 4th
Monte’s – 244 Tri-County Shopping Center
White Horse Tavern – 1501 Dixie Hwy., Covington, KY
Wigwam – 6210 Hamilton
Emery Barber Shop – 416 Walnut
Sheraton Gibson Barber Shop – 5th & Walnut
QUICK LAUNDRY SERVICE
Batsakes Brothers – 605 Walnut
National Car Rentals – 314 Walnut
Parkway Taxi Co. – 1110 Kenner
24 HOUR GARAGE SERVICE
Sidneys Rd & Wrecker Service – 1425 Central Parkway
Phillips Parking Lot – 130 W. 6th
Isaac M. Wise Temple – Reading Rd & N. Crescent
St. Louis – 29 E. Eighth
Wesley Chapel – 320 E. 5th