pavilion outside Cincinnati Reds ballpark

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated their 150th anniversary as the nation’s first all-professional baseball team by dedicating a pavilion outside the ballpark on May 5, 2019.

artist Tom Tsuchiya working on a relief figure of 1869 baseball player

Local Cincinnati artist, Tom Tsuchiya, created relief figures of the members of the 1869 team that adorn a gazebo highlighting the site. It includes 12 bronze busts of 10 players, the club president and secretary. Tom also designed the player statues around the Great American Ball Park. The figures enshrined include Asa Brainard, pitcher/outfield; Doug Allison, catcher; Charlie Gould, first base; Charlie Sweasy, second base; Fred Waterman, third base; George Wright, shortstop; Andy Leonard, left field; Harry Wright, center field/pitcher (team captain);  Cal McVey, right field; William “Dick” Hurley, substitute; Aaron Champion, club president and John Joyce, secretary.

Exact Metrology employee using GOM ATOS Triple Scan on sculpture of baseball player

Exact Metrology, distributor of the GOM CT Scanner, used the GOM ATOS Triple Scan for each sculpture. The GOM ATOS Triple Scan is a high resolution, optical digitizer that delivers rapid and precise 3D measuring data for the optimization of design processes. Precise fringe patterns are projected onto the surface of the object and are recorded by two cameras, based on the stereo camera principle. As the beam paths of both the camera and the projector are calibrated in advance, 3D surface points from three different ray intersections can be calculated. The projection unit of the ATOS Triple Scan is based on Blue Light Technology. Since the sensor works with narrow-band blue light, interfering ambient light can be filtered during image acquisition. Short measuring times are possible because of the powerful light source.

Then, the data was processed in Exact’s Geomagic, the company’s 3D software for digital models of physical objects. Next, the data from the software was used to create a Styrofoam negative with a CNC machine. Lastly, the negative was taken to a foundry to be poured in the final sculpture.

CNC machine creating styrofoam negative of sculpture and the finished product

The pavilion is located in the former rose garden, next to the Hall of Fame and Museum, along Joe Nuxhall Way on the first base/right field side of the Great American Ballpark. This pavilion is the first permanent recognition of the original Red Stockings.