Archive for Features
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
19

Hal Answers: Volume 7…July19, 2019

New questions for Hal McCoy on the Reds, and why no one bunts…comparing bad Reds now to bad Reds past…shouldn’t the baseballs be switched…and why to they even play baseball in Florida?

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Jul
17

To Luke, And Those Whose Dreams Come True….

After weeks of delay, Troy’s Luke Severt received his award Wednesday for being 2019’s Hal McCoy Scholarship Award for continued studies in journalism and communications…and he got it from the man himself. Read more in today’s feature.

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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
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
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
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
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
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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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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Jul
3

Milheim Getting Back To Strength In Chillicothe

Buckeyes left-hander is trying to making up for lost time after emergency appendectomy in April.  Summer league baseball in nearby Chillicothe is presently his ‘operating’ room.

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Jul
2

Hal Answers: Volume Six

Stuff you won’t read anywhere else – your questions and some frank answers from hall of fame writer Hal McCoy…on the sad demise of former all-star Reds second baseman Johnny Temple…would anyone hire an 83 year old pitching coach…and why Hal no longer appears on Reds TV broadcasts. Today’s feature on Press Pros.

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Jul
2

Dan Hickey: ‘The Pond’

There’s a lot more that’s important about catching fish…than just catching fish.  Guest writer Dan Hickey shares more than just bait and tackle…in today’s outdoor feature.

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Jul
2

The Reader Speaks…July 2, 2019 – On ‘Winning’

Since our last readers column responses on our recent post on the value of winning has dominated new correspondence.  And not surprising, we heard from MANY who still believe like Woody Hayes…there is no substitute. Some strong words in this edition of ‘The Reader Speaks’.

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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
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
28

Uncle Mel, Fence Posts, And The Birthday Marlin….

I wanted my own .22 so bad I could taste it.  But it took of summer of hard work and hard persuasion to make it happen…and my Uncle Mel coming to the rescue. A Tom Cappell classic tale in today’s Press Pros.

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