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Jun
19

Hoard: The Baby Bull, “That Would Be Me”….

We’re often requested to post more of Greg Hoard’s nostalgic stories of the major league baseball past, and the hall of famers who made an indelible impression of fans for generations. Here’s one of his best, on former Rookie of The Year, MVP, and hall of famer Orlando Cepeda. Enjoy today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
16

Hoard: Could This (2019) Be The Start Of Something Big?

They were so young starting out that no one could have possibly guessed in February they would win the Big Ten Tournament and return to an NCAA regional.  But they were talented enough to do it, and the experience portends even better things for 2020 and beyond. Greg Hoard add his perspective in part 2 of our post-season recap.

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Jun
12

Willie Stargell, An Old Soul and A Good One

The late Willie Stargell was a man who gained respect in countless ways, one of baseball’s most popular players, and a hall of famer on and off the field.  And yet, he was more than that. He was an old soul and a good one. For the true baseball fan, and those who love Greg Hoard nostalgia, today’s front page feature is one of his best.

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Jun
5

Hoard: Let The Kids Play, Okay?

On the eve of Ohio’s state tournament baseball weekend, columnist and baseball nostalgic Greg Hoard lends some perspective to a cultural shift – and what it CAN be like for young boys who just want to play and enjoy playing baseball.

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May
11

OSU Splits A Double-Dip, Destiny Still Undetermined

Closer Andrew Magno celebrated finishing a 2-0 win in Game 1, but Penn State would come back in Game 2 to dash the Buckeyes hopes for a needed series sweep. Read Greg Hoard’s account of Saturday at Bill Davis…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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May
11

Dingler’s Snag & Tag Helps Bucks Top Penn State

Not on my watch…Catcher Dillon Dingler made the play of the game, catching Penn State’s Mason Nadeau trying to sneak home on a play that could yet have disastrous consequences for the Buckeyes. It propelled them to an eventual 4-2 win. Read more in today’s Greg Hoard feature.

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May
1

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. Remembering one of the Reds’ greats as only Greg Hoard can do, in today’s inside feature.

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Apr
28

Hoard: Beals Prods Bucks For The Stretch Run

Griffan Smith gave them another quality start, and Ridge Winand scored what proved to be the winning run (above) in the third inning. The Buckeyes salvaged the final game of their weekend series with Iowa. Read about it from Greg Hoard in today’s Press pros inside feature.

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Apr
27

Hoard: OSU Goes Flat, Faces An Iowa Sweep

Dark day, misssed opportunities…The Buckeyes combined men left on base, with four errors, and another bullpen collapse to lose the weekend series to iowa on Saturday. They’ll seek to avoid a sweep in Sunday’s finale. Read Greg Hoard in today’s inside feature.

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Apr
27

Hoard: Two-Out Failures Cost Bucks Iowa Opener

The Buckeyes ran into a hot Iowa pitcher while wasting a strong starting effort from their own. And their inability to cash in on the opportunities they had late in the game cost them the series opener against the Hawkeyes. Greg Hoard shares the story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Apr
7

Hoard: Purple Haze…’Bucks Swept By Northwestern

Claw Marks…OSU catcher Dillon Dingler dives in an attempt to tag a Northwestern runner at the plate, but the Wildcats left their mark with a four-run seventh that helped them to their first series sweep over the Buckeyes in 39 years. Read more from Greg Hoard in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Apr
6

Hoard: OSU Drops Second To N’western: “They Beat Us”

For lack of timely hitting, perhaps, the Buckeyes drop a second consecutive game to Northwestern.  Will seek to salvage some momentum going forward with the series finale on Sunday. COLUMBUS—There were two ways to look at Ohio State’s 7-2 loss to Northwestern Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. Not surprisingly, Buckeye coach Greg Beals chose the […]

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Apr
6

OSU Dropped By N’Western; Poor Play Leads To Loss

Pitching (or the lack thereof) and uncharacteristic play contributed to a dreadful series-opening loss to Northwestern on Friday by the Buckeyes. Greg Hoard details how it happened in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
26

Greg Hoard: Harold Henry Reese…(Pee Wee)

He’s best known for his relationship with the Brooklyn Dodgers and for helping teammate Jackie Robinson ease the tension of crossing baseball’s color line in 1947.  But hall of famer Pee Wee Reese was more than a great ballplayer, he was a great human being, as well. Greg Hoard remembers him in today’s feature.

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Mar
11

Hoard: OSU Falls To .500 With Loss To Western Carolina

Opposite emotions…Western Carolina celebrates in the background as OSU’s Nate Romans walks away after his line drive out that ended Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Catamounts. Read Greg Hoard’s account of the game on Press Pros.

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Mar
10

Hoard: Sparty’s Mokma Makes Short Work Of Buckeyes

Spartans scored early, and often…OSU catcher Brent Todys is late on his swipe to cut down Michigan State’s Reese Trahey in Saturday’s 7-1 loss at Greenville, North Carolina. Read more on the game from Greg Hoard, as the Buckeyes drop to 7-6.

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Feb
21

Hoard: New Look, New ‘Feel’ Buckeyes Head To Texas

The Buckeyes are in Texas with a four-game win streak and a new air of difference in how they’ve played so far. So far, so good, but is there any reason that they can’t continue? Read more from Greg Hoard.

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Jan
13

Hoard: Does the NFL Need a Clean-Up Crew?

I’m so tired of professionals who embarrass themselves, their team, and their family…I’m convinced that the Colts spent more time preparing to act badly Saturday than they did to play good football.

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Jan
1

A Look Back And Ahead On The Day Lewis And The Bengals Part Ways

There were questions as to who was in charge when he started, as there were in the end…more questions that answers. Such will be the coaching legacy of Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. Read more from Greg Hoard in today’s Press Pros New Years day feature.

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Nov
29

Hoard: Beating A Dead ‘Cat’ and The Greatest Loss of All

Like a recurring dream – the image of losing and frustration and hopelessness that is Bengals football. And the dream (nightmare) goes on as other franchises figure it out and take their vengeance out on a helpless scenario. There is no ‘Who Dey’? Not any longer. Read Greg Hoard in today’s Press Pros feature.

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