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Jul
19

Little Boys, And Why Baseball Works In Minster….

They’re understandably proud of their winning tradition in all sports, but in Minster, Ohio it’s youth baseball that takes center stage in late July. Read more on this weekend’s ‘Classic, in Minster, in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
17

Piqua Loses A Friend, An Icon….

He popularized the practice of chiropractic locally.  He was cool before chiropractic was cool.  And Dr. Conrad Booher created a legacy of professionalism and service that made a legion of friends and followers feel good, inside and out.

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Jul
16

What’s Your Best Baseball City…?

Someone asked me recently, “What’s the best baseball city you remember?”  It didn’t take me long to answer, and if you want to go, you can…and see for yourself why Chattanooga, Tennessee (pictured), where the Reds’ Double A team plays, has a little something for everyone.

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Jul
15

Why The PBA Comes To Coldwater….

Mark your calendar and buy your tickets…the Pro Bowlers Tour comes to Coldwater the week of August 20 to compete, entertain, and simply enjoy the pace of a community that gives as good as it gets. Read about it in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
14

They Raised The Dead In Gettysburg….

I went to Gettysburg for a little peace and quiet…a little history.  No one told me it was ‘bikers’ week’, and no one will have to tell me again.

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Jul
13

Burgbachers Back In Tipp…Old Broom, New Handle

With August camp just three weeks away, Tippecanoe’s Matt Burgbacher is enjoying the familiarity of home and friends like Dale Pittenger (above)…and the challenge of making the Red Devils again what they once were…before he left for Troy. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
12

Ghosts And Other Oddities On The Battlefield

Road trip…On a weekend retreat to Gettysburg, you never know what you’re apt to see, in person, in spirit, or remnants of the past. A true story (as opposed to those you pay to hear) from one evening on the slopes of Little Round Top. Enjoy!

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Jul
11

Catching Up…With Connor Curlis

The former Buckeye from Findlay is learning the ropes of professional baseball…and how to live out of a suitcase. It’s life in the minor leagues, one bus trip at a time. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
10

Some Words About Coaching, From A Coach….

With the change in cultural expectations, communities are looking harder at the personality of coaches…and the expectations that coaches have for those they coach.  It’s obvious, they’re often aren’t the same. The stress that comes with coaching, in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
8

Football 2019: Dan Gress, And A Good First Impression

Are you ready for some football? The first year coach of the Troy Trojans is young, enthusiastic, and positive…a product of great football upbringing. Now, all he has to do is live up to a winning tradition. The Dan Gress story in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
6

A Night With Jim Bouton, 42 Years Ago….

From time to time we relive stories previously published, simply because they’re good stories.  This one originally shared in July of 2014, one of those minor league baseball experiences you never forget.  In this case a most unforgettable person.  Former Yankee and author of ‘Ball Four’, Jim Bouton (above) turns 80 this year.

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Jul
5

More Comments On Winning, Woody…Comparing Home Run Derbys

Some additional reader thoughts for this 4th of July long weekend – people who still write in about ‘winning’, about Woody Hayes…and comparing the modern All-Star Game home run derby to the days when the game’s hall of fame Goliath’s slugged it out.

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Jul
4

What History Has Forgotten About The 4th Of July….

Some notable events about July 4th – and notable sounds – that we’ve forgotten over the course of 245 years…but not forgotten by Press Pros.  Enjoy today’s read, and Happy Fourth of July!

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Jul
3

July 4th Turns The Page…

In some respects it’s the shot that signals summer, hot weather, and pool time.  But the real fireworks loom just six weeks away, with the start of another school year and a new season of high school sports. So summer to us is just the overture to the opera. Read more.

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Jun
30

The Thinking Man’s Impression Of The Dem Debates….

I listened for a while, I really did.  Hoping to hear something from this week’s Dem debates that would tell me something about what the average American would want to know about the alternative candidate for the 2020 election. I wonder if I missed something?

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Jun
26

Summer Ball: A ‘Switch In Positions’ For Ernst, Buckeyes

While rival Michigan fights it out with Vanderbilt for a national title this week, Buckeye sophomore-to-be Marcus Ernst is honing his batting stroke and learning to play other positions in Springfield, hoping to switch positions with TTUN in 2020. A summer profile in today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
25

An ‘Old’ Twist On A League Of Their Own…

In a twist of history, Piqua, Troy, Sidney, and Greenville will turn back the clock this fall to a fondly-remembered league affiliation called the Miami Valley League…while in two years the Cross County Conference follows suit for reasons with familiar overtones. Read about it in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jun
24

Michigan’s CWS Win Over Vandy…Textbook!

Undaunted by mighty Vanderbilt, Michigan’s impressive tournament run continued Monday with pitching gem and an impressive 7-4 win in Game 1 of the CWS Finals.

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Jun
23

Who Loses…If We Disregard Winning?

A letter to PPM this week brings perspective to the change in culture that prefers participation over performance…and that pride in finishing first may be holding everyone else back. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
21

Mike Martin’s Final Walk…

After 40 years and 2,000 wins Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin came within a couple of games of a perfect career, a perfect destiny.  His parting words give us all a vision of our own destiny.

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