MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will be the grand marshal for the 100th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Patrick Smith/Getty Images
April 3, 2017: Sean Casey, the former Reds first baseman, led the 98th Findlay Market Parade. Casey played for the Reds from 1998 until he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. Casey earned the nickname "the Mayor of Riverfront" because of his friendly demeanor while playing for the Reds. Case was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2012 and a three-time All-Star during his baseball career.Brian Mains | WCPO
April 4, 2016: Lou Piniella,
the Cincinnati Reds manager who led the team to a 1990 World Series sweep, led the 97th Findlay Market Parade. The Reds also hired Piniella as a senior advisor to the president of baseball operations in 2016.
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March 31, 2014: Dave Concepción, the Big Red Machine shortstop and 2000 Reds Hall of Fame inductee, led the 95th Findlay Market Parade. Concepción played his first game with the Reds on Opening Day April 6, 1970 (also the final Opening Day at Crosley Field). The two-time Silver Slugger winner, nine-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves played his last game at Riverfront Stadium in September 1988. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
April 1, 2013: George Foster, an outfielder and offensive powerhouse for the Big Red Machine, led the 94th Findlay Market Parade. Foster finished his career as a five-time All Star and was the 1976 MLB All Star Game MVP. He was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003.
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April 5, 2012: Aaron Boone, an infielder first drafted by the Reds in 1994, led the 93rd Findlay Market Parade. Boone was an All-Star for the Reds in 2003 and played in 106 games for the team before being traded to the New York Yankees. Boone is currently an ESPN game analyst and color commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
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March 31, 2011: Joe Morgan (third from left), the Big Red Machine second baseman and 1990 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, led the 92nd Findlay Market Parade. In 2013, the Reds erected a bronze statue of Morgan in front of Great American Ball Park in his honor.
Johnny Bench, former Big Red Machine catcher and Baseball Hall of Famer, led the 91st Findlay Market Parade on April 5, 2010. Getty Images | Jim McIsaac
April 6, 2009: Frank Robinson, a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee who played for the Reds from 1956-65, led the 90th Findlay Market Parade. The former outfielder was inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame in 1982.
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March 31, 2008: Cesar Geronimo, the former Big Red Machine outfielder, led the 89th Findlay Market Parade. He played for the Reds from 1972 to 1980 and had his most productive season in 1976 with a career-best batting average (.307), hits (149), bases on balls (56), triples (11), stolen bases (22), and on-base percentage (.382). Geronimo ended his professional baseball career with the Kansas City Royals in 1983.
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April 2, 2007: Eric Davis, the former Reds outfielder who helped the team sweep the 1990 World Series, led the 88th Findlay Market Parade. The two-time National League All-Star was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2005. Davis is currently a special assistant with the Reds organization.
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April 3, 2006: Mario Soto, the 2001 Reds Hall of Fame inductee and former pitcher, led the 87th Findlay Market Parade. Soto played for the Reds from 1977 to 1988. During the 1982 season, Soto struck out 274 hitters, the most single-season strikeouts by a Reds pitcher. He currently works for the organization as a special assistant for player performance. WCPO file photo
April 4, 2005: Rudi Johnson, the former Cincinnati Bengals running back, led the 86th Findlay Market Parade. Johnson played in the 2004 Pro-Bowl after leading the AFC in rushing for the Bengals. He left the team in 2007 and finished his career with the Detroit Lions the following year.Andy Lyons/Getty Images
April 5, 2004: Dave Parker, the former Reds outfielder and 1978 National League MVP, led the 85th Findlay Market Parade. The right fielder grew up near Crosley Field in Cincinnati and played for the Reds from 1984-1987. Mike Powell/Getty Images
March 31, 2003: Tom Browning, the 2006 Reds hall of famer and former pitcher, led the 84th Findlay Market Parade. This was the first year the Opening Day parade ended at Great American Ball Park. Browning played for the Reds from 1984 to 1994. He won the World Series in 1990 with the team and pitched a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT
April 1, 2002: Ken Griffey Sr., the Big Red Machine outfielder and father of Ken Griffey Jr., led the 83rd Findlay Market Parade. Griffey Sr. played for the Reds from 1973 to 1981. He played in three All-Star games and won two World Series with the Reds. His son was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
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April 2, 2001: Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer, led the 82nd Findlay Market Parade. Munoz played 13 seasons with the Bengals. In 1998 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first Bengal to receive the honor.
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March 31, 1998: Linda Vester, former anchor for “NBC News at Sunrise” and FOX news host, led the 79th Findlay Market Parade. Vester grew up in Cincinnati. She left FOX news in 2005 to raise her children.Michael Buckner/Getty Images
April 1, 1997: George Voinovich, former Republican governor of Ohio and United States senator, led the 78th Findlay Market Parade and 72nd parade in 1991. Voinovich was governor from 1991 to 1998. He served in the senate from 1999 until 2011 and was succeeded by Rob Portman. Voinovich died on June 12, 2016, at the age of 79.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
April 2, 1996: Sparky Anderson, former manager of the Big Red Machine and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, led the 77th Findlay Market Parade. Anderson managed the Reds from 1970 to 1978. The Reds won the World Series in 1975 and 1976 under Anderson. He also led the Detroit Tigers to a World Series win in 1984, making him the first MLB manager to win the championship in both the National and American leagues. Anderson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 and died on Nov. 4, 2010 at the age of 76.Tomasso DeRosa/Getty Images
April 5, 1993:
Jerry Springer, TV personality and former Cincinnati mayor and councilman, led the 74th Findlay Market Parade. Springer survived a scandal early on in his political career when he was caught soliciting a prostitute. He served as mayor from 1977-1978 and went on to host the nationally syndicated "Jerry Springer Show." Springer also currently records a weekly podcast at the Folk School Coffee Parlor
in Ludlow, Kentucky.
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April 6, 1992: Chuck Harmon, the first black player to wear a Reds uniform, led the 73rd Findlay Market Parade. Harmon played third base and outfield for Reds during three seasons in the late 1950s.
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