The show will be five doors down from the Sports Gallery store in the Cobblewood Plaza on Smiley Road in Forest Park (near Walmart).
Fugate, who owned Diamond Sports in Monroe before he changed the name and moved to West Chester Twp. and then Forest Park, said when Larkin attends Sunday, said it will be his first show of 2021. He said it will be the Nasty Boys’ second visit to Sports Gallery this year.
Pete Rose, who is ineligible for the MLB Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2016, and a vital piece of the Big Red Machine when the team won back-to-back championships in 1974 and 1975. He has signed at previous Sports Gallery events.
Though this is the second Sports Gallery Fest, Fugate has brought mostly former and current Reds players to his store for going on 11 years. Until last year, he’s averaged about 20 or so players a year. He does this because “people want to see them, people want to get their autographs, and they just want to meet them.”
“I think people like to get a memento from their heroes from back in the day,” said Fugate on why people seek autographs and sports memorabilia. “Some people like to get a nice photograph and frame it and put it on the wall.”
And with every piece of sports memorabilia, Fugate said “there’s a story behind it,” like a celebration photo of the team celebrating the 1990 championship “just brings back memories of better days in Cincinnati history. We haven’t had that in quite a while.”
IF YOU GO
- 5:30 p.m. Friday: Pete Rose
- Noon Saturday: The Nasty Boys, Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers
- Noon Sunday: Barry Larkin
Mail orders and drop-offs are available for anyone who cannot make the show. Contact Mark Fugate at 513-759-4256 or email email@example.com.
For tickets, visit www.cincysportsgallery.com/tickets, Sports Gallery at Cobblestone Plaza on Smiley Road, or call 513-759-4256.
Anyone who purchased autographs for the Nasty Boys signing in August that was canceled, those tickets are good for the Dec. 4 signing.