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Cincinnati Reflections

Nick ClooneyDo you remember the sights of the Island Queen docking for a day at Old Coney Island? Or how about the smells of the concession stands at Crosley Field? Native Cincinnatian Nick Clooney will take you back to those nostalgic days for all of those classic memories in CINCINNATI REFLECTIONS.

Originally named Ohio Grove, Old Coney Island was built in the 1870s. But as more amusements were added, Ohio Grove became known as "the Coney Island of the West." Whether you were riding the Wildcat roller coaster, taking the Island Queen from downtown or beginning a romance on the dance floor of MoonLite Gardens, Old Coney Island has many reminders of summers long ago

The Island Queen was an attraction all its own -- it could hold 4,000 passengers and boasted of the world's largest floating dance floor. But the most famous dance floor at Old Coney Island was MoonLite Gardens. Artists from Sinatra to Dorsey performed at the show place on the river.

Renamed Crosley Field in 1934, the Cincinnati Reds played at the corner of Findlay and Western Avenues from 1884 to 1970. A National League Pennant in 1939, a World Series Championship in 1940 and the first night game in major league baseball history all took place at the historic park.

The ultimate working man's ball park featured close seating, an incline near the outfield fence, a five-story scoreboard and the Sun Deck (which was also known as the Moon Deck during night games). With the construction of Riverfront Stadium (which is now subsequently preparing to be replaced by the Reds' future home, Great American Ball Park), the Reds moved downtown. Demolished in 1972, much of Crosley Field has been rebuilt in Blue Ash.

Cincinnati Reflections received Regional Emmy Awards in 1998 for Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Writing (Joyce Wise) and a 1999 Telly Award.