Mount St. Joseph University

History Research at The Mount Turns into Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Career

Humanities, History, Alumni

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Chris Eckes '00

Imagine your childhood baseball card collection coming to life and getting to meet and interact with your favorite sports heroes on a regular basis. For Chris Eckes this is just another day on the job.

Eckes graduated from Mount St. Joseph University in 2000 and currently works as the Operations Manager/Chief Curator at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

He started working at the Red’s Museum in 2004, after he graduated from the Mount with a Bachelor of Art degree in history. The Mount’s highly interdisciplinary, liberal arts curriculum challenges students to think outside their major and connect diverse subject matter. During his undergraduate studies, Eckes spent time researching the history of ballparks and how they reflect social, economic and cultural change.

“It’s a bit of a cliché, but I do believe that much of the story of America can be told through the prism of baseball and the ballpark project I worked on in college helped to solidify this belief,” Eckes said. "Without my time at the Mount, I certainly wouldn't be here (as Reds Hall of Fame curator). I am just a much better person for having gone to (the Mount) and will always be grateful for what it gave to me." 

For the first time in more than 25 years, Cincinnati will be host to the MLB All Star Game this July. Because of this major event, Eckes wants to make 2015 the best year yet at the museum, with season-long celebrations.