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Oct
23

Hoard: The Yankees and The Boys

As the World Series plays out, Press Pros nostalgic Greg Hoard shares a story of his baseball journey from the backwoods of Indiana to the backstop at Yankee Stadium. Read one of his best…in today’s Press Pros features.

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Sep
26

Hoard: Marty’s Day, Through And Through

His last game as the Reds’ voice was no different than the thousands that preceded it – Marty Brennaman went out put emotion aside long enough to tell us all exactly what 28,000 and change could see for themselves.  He went out the way he came in.

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Sep
16

Hoard: Reds, Bengals Stand on A Dangerous Brink, But Do You Even Care?

Can’t bear to watch? Given the history of both in the past twenty seasons, can you actually remember the last time that either the Reds or the Bengals were something you anticipated, or even talked about? Greg Hoard writes about it in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
30

Greg Hoard: A Thought, A Memory, A Reason To Win

There has been so much written and debated on the topic of winning in this space–some of it thoughtful and well-intended, some of it shallow and mean-spirited.  But in the end words that my dad once said to me are everything I ever needed to know on the subject, and might come in handy even in this day of trophies before triumph.

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Jul
26

Hoard: A Few Words On Scherger, Franco, Sutter, And The Mystery Of Relief

There is no explaining baseball, as one baseball savant once shared with me.  It’s a matter of talent, yes.  But it’s a matter of luck, too.  And you never know when you talent, or your luck, is going to run out. For those who love the game from Greg Hoard…in his latest Press Pros feature.

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Jul
5

Hoard: Robbie, Earl, The Trade, & Wounds Of The Past

A controversial star and misunderstood for his time in Cincinnati, Frank Robinson (Robbie) had the last laugh on one of baseball’s worst trades…and on those whom he felt had treated him badly. Columnist Greg Hoard writes a haunting account of his story in today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
30

Hoard: A Tiger Tale…And “Call Me Al”

The card that started it…Columnist Greg Hoard writes about his recollection of this 1957 Topps card;  and of how years later, from one glorious spring training day, he is still blessed with the memory of that card and a chance meeting. Enjoy one of his best stories…on Tiger hall of famer Al Kaline.

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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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