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Eugene Ruehlmann, 88, former Cincinnati mayor spearheaded Riverfront Stadium

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In a Dec. 23, 2002, photo former Cincinnati mayor Eugene Ruehlmann is seen in his office in Cincinnati. Ruehlmann, who helped gain a stadium home along the Ohio River for the Reds baseball team and Bengals football team, died Saturday, June 9, 2013. He was 88. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Glenn Hartong) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

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CINCINNATI — Former Cincinnati Mayor Eugene Ruehlmann, who helped gain a stadium home along the Ohio River for the Reds baseball team and Bengals football team, has died. He was 88.

Hamilton County GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou said the former county Republican Party chairman known as “Clean Gene” died Saturday. Triantafilou received word from Mr. Muehlmann’s family but didn’t immediately have other information to release.

Mr. Ruehlmann was a longtime city councilman first elected in 1959 and serving as mayor from 1967 to 1971. He was known for the development of a new Fountain Square plaza and of Riverfront Stadium, which opened in 1970 as home for both of the city’s major pro sports teams. It was demolished in 2002 as the Reds moved into the new Great American Ball Park. The Bengals had moved earlier into Paul Brown Stadium.

“Mr. Ruehlmann was a giant in our party and, more importantly, in our city,” Triantafilou said in a statement. “His principled leadership was instrumental in advancing Cincinnati as a major league city and his legendary integrity set the standard for community leaders across the region.”

Mr. Ruehlmann was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Harvard Law School and served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

He and his wife, Virginia, who died in 2008, had eight children.

AP



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