MLB commissioner will be grand marshal for Cincinnati paradeIn this compilation image, the entire Cincinnati Reds baseball team uniform lineup for the 2019 season is displayed, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Cincinnati. The Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms, including navy blue and a "Palm Beach" style, during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati's annual opening day parade as he helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings.
The Reds announced Tuesday Manfred will lead the 100th Findlay Market parade, which will wind through the city ahead of the March 28 game when the Reds host the Pirates. Reds team historian Greg Rhodes says the Findlay Market merchants' parade grew out of disorganized opening day parades around town by different civic and neighborhood groups.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Manfred would be in Cincinnati for opening day festivities as MLB and the Reds commemorate baseball's first openly all-salaried team. MLB teams will wear patches and the Reds will have special patches, uniforms and events throughout the season.