In 1949, some very baseball minded people sat a meeting and discussed a way to raise money to buy baseball equipment for boys playing amateur baseball in Cincinnati. They approached the Cincinnati Reds with an idea, and the Kid Glove Game was born. They raised $7,749.00 that year.
Now in its 71st year, the idea in 1949 has brought in more than $10 million dollars, and this money has been spent buying baseball and softball equipment for boys and girls playing baseball and softball in the Tri-State area. More than 40,000 youngsters benefit annually from the program. The Cincinnati Reds have been the proud sponsor for the entire 70 years, and no other Major League Baseball team has a similar program where the kids get to watch the Reds play and earn money for their teams to buy equipment.
The Reds allow our program to print 40,000 ticket vouchers every year for the kids. In 2014, the Reds began charging $1.00 for every ticket voucher issued to teams. This allows the Reds to claim the Kid Glove Game attrendance for their official records. In reality, the Reds are vritually donating 40,000 tickets to their games to help kids.