Greg Hoard:  How I Met…Stan “The Man”

There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That's how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face...the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press Pros, an encore of this nostalgic story from columnist Greg Hoard.

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When I Go Back To Hardman….
May
5

When I Go Back To Hardman….

Anyone who ever played at Fountain Park for Jim Hardman CAN NEVER go back without reliving the best days of Piqua baseball – the best days of baseball in the lives of those fortunate to be in the right place, with the right man, at the right time.

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Buckeyes Fall To NKU, But Canzone Continues To Hit…
Apr
20

Buckeyes Fall To NKU, But Canzone Continues To Hit…

After Sunday’s offensive outbreak in the series finale at Michigan State, the Buckeyes reverted to some familiar offensive habits in an 8-1 loss to NKU. On a brighter note, freshman Dominic Canzone continued his blistering hit streak that’s seen him rise statistically and in confidence. Read more in the latest Press Pros update.

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Greg Hoard:  How I Met…Stan “The Man”
Mar
31

Greg Hoard: How I Met…Stan “The Man”

There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That’s how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face…the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press Pros, an encore of this nostalgic story from columnist Greg Hoard.

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A Baseball Story:  How Steve Carlton Helped Me Get A Job In Baseball…
Jan
22

A Baseball Story: How Steve Carlton Helped Me Get A Job In Baseball…

The first professional ball and strike I ever called came via a hall of famer and makes for a remarkable memory; one I’ll share for the sake of anyone who thinks he (or she) wants to be a professional umpire. A break from high school basketball in today’s Press Pros inside feature story.

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Mike Piatt:  Back On The Firing Line
Jan
3

Mike Piatt: Back On The Firing Line

A decade after he coached Lehman to its best record in the new millenium, Mike Piatt is back on the sidelines at West Milton, enjoying the challenge of building, and eager to make up for lost time. Read more in the latest Press Pros profile feature.

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Hoard: In Homage to Maris, Baseball’s Tragic Hero
Dec
16

Hoard: In Homage to Maris, Baseball’s Tragic Hero

Roger Maris once said about his historic home run achievement: “Do you know what I have for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing.” It describes the irony of recognition that he never enjoyed as one of baseball’s best players.

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Trevor Miller…And The Forward Next Door
Oct
17

Trevor Miller…And The Forward Next Door

His story is heart rending, uplifting, and one that gives rise to optimism in succeeding generations. All that, and Covington’s Trevor Miller is a pretty good basketball player, too. As a prelude to the coming basketball season, think ‘hoops’ and enjoy today’s inside feature on Press Pros.

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Hoard: Watching ‘The Tribe’ — Wahoo!
Oct
14

Hoard: Watching ‘The Tribe’ — Wahoo!

I grew up in southern Indiana, but thanks to my dad and his work driving a moving truck I became a Cleveland Indians fan…through a set of discarded baseball cards. Years later, I’ve graduated to a set of vintage hats. I’ll be rooting for them against Toronto.

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The Nuts And Bolts Of Troy Being 5-1
Oct
6

The Nuts And Bolts Of Troy Being 5-1

If you’re amazed at the start – the record – of Matt Burgbacher and the Troy Trojans, understand that there’s no limit to what one can accomplish with attitude and a little hard work.

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Bowser Sidney’s Blue-Collar Leader….
Sep
30

Bowser Sidney’s Blue-Collar Leader….

The GWOC’s leading rusher is three hundred yards ahead of his nearest competitor at the halfway point, and is doing it in virtual anonymity. He doesn’t seem to mind.

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Life As Number #1(s)….
Jul
29

Life As Number #1(s)….

Tyler Stephenson (above) and Nick Senzel have more in common than just being teammates on the Dayton Dragons. In successive years they’re the Reds’ #1 draft picks, playing under the expectation that they’re going to be stars…and soon! Read more about their journey so far in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Catching Up With Wade Martin…..
Jun
26

Catching Up With Wade Martin…..

The skinny freshman who once came within an out of pitching a no-hit perfect game in the state tournament is learning to refine and define his game, now making a pitch at Marshall University to learn the business of baseball…and life. Read a good a baseball story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hoard: Marty In It For The Long Haul…For Now
Apr
12

Hoard: Marty In It For The Long Haul…For Now

Since 1974 he’s taken the Reds listening market by storm, for good and bad. And for his insistence on telling the truth about the team he covers, he’s every bit the icon to be compared to the great Reds of all time. Read Greg Hoard’s inside feature on broadcaster Marty Brennaman in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Paul Keels:  Sounds Like The Buckeyes….
Apr
4

Paul Keels: Sounds Like The Buckeyes….

In an industry of imitators, Buckeyes play-by-play voice Paul Keels understands that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, while appreciating that his voice alone…is the unique sound of Ohio State sports.

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Stories From the Minors:  A Most Unforgettable Boss…
Apr
1

Stories From the Minors: A Most Unforgettable Boss…

I worked for him for two years, and for his reputation and influence I marveled that he even bothered with baseball. An unforgettable tale of days in the minor leagues and reason to remember former Southern League president Billy Hitchcock (above). Today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Face To Face With Lou Holtz…
Mar
24

Face To Face With Lou Holtz…

Long retired from coaching, Lou Holtz still one of college football’s most popular personalities…because of what he says, but more, for the way he says it. Read more from my face to face meeting with a true football icon in today’s Press Pros encore feature from one year ago today.

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Josh Sagester, Patriots Turn The Page….
Jan
24

Josh Sagester, Patriots Turn The Page….

From Over New Madison Way…Josh Sagester and the reigning champs in Division IV boys basketball lost a lot from last year’s Tri-Village title team, but are still winning…thanks to a combination of coach, community, and culture. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Dust Clears For Brent Niekamp, Ft. Recovery…..
Jan
12

The Dust Clears For Brent Niekamp, Ft. Recovery…..

Then, And Now…Ft. Recovery’s Brent Niekamp (above, right) applauds his players as they take possession of the 2015 Division VII championship football trophy. Five weeks removed, he talks about the irony of accomplishment with Indians football, and his expectations for the future. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Hoard: Vada Pinson, Another Memory, Another Lesson
Dec
25

Hoard: Vada Pinson, Another Memory, Another Lesson

His ability to hit a baseball, run like a deer, and catch anything that flew were just the baseball attributes of former Red, Vada Pinson. Later in life I was to find out that there was much, much more. He was one of the good guys, too.

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The Beauty Of Guys Like Paul Bremigan….
Dec
21

The Beauty Of Guys Like Paul Bremigan….

After three decades at Russia, Paul Bremigan is starting over in Troy, settled in, and re-energized by a different challenge. Read more on his story in today’s Press Pros inside feature. (Press Pros Photo Courtesy of Lee Woolery)

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