Ohioan - Benny Clary
Chief Ticket Taker, Cincinnati Reds
LETâ€™S GO REDS:
Clary has been a Cincinnati Reds fan his entire life. He started working as a ticket taker when Riverfront Stadium opened in 1970. â€œIâ€™m lucky,â€ he says. â€œItâ€™s a good way to get in free, work, get paid and also watch the game.â€ Clary, who became the supervisor of the teamâ€™s 125 ticket takers five years ago, has missed only one game over the last 10 years, and that was to attend a funeral.
FAVORITE PLAYERS: All-time hit king Pete Rose, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench and Cincinnati native Ken Griffey Jr.BEST PART OF THE JOB: â€œI enjoy meeting people. Iâ€™m the type of person whoâ€™s happy-go-lucky. I think itâ€™s nice for fans when they come to the ballpark to see a smiling, friendly face.â€
WHYÂ HE DECIDED TO DO IT: â€œIt was a good part-time job and a way to get to see every game I wanted to,â€ says Clary, who worked in operations at an investment firm until retiring in 1999.
MOST MEMORABLE TEAMS: The Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s and the 1990 team that swept Oakland in the World Series.
HOW HE KEEPS HIS COOL ON HOT DAYS: â€œI drink Gatorade and lots of water,â€ he says.
ITâ€™S IN THE FAMILY: Claryâ€™s sons Mike, 44, and Mark, 40, and grandson Blake, 21, also work as ticket takers. â€œThey have to support dad,â€ he jokes.