Archive for Features
Jul
19

Hoard: A Duke Snider Ballcard And A Big Assist

If you grew up with baseball cards, the story will bring a smile to your face. Once upon a time, in the heyday of Topps, Bowman and Fleer, the competition for cardboard talent at the local store and ball diamond was as intense as the pennant race. Classic baseball card nostalgia from columnist Greg Hoard.

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Jul
18

McCoy: An All-Star Break Report On The Reds

From the depths of their start, to the pinnacle of the last month, Hal McCoy on why the Reds are what they are and what they’re likely to be between now and October.

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Jul
18

The GWOC’s Worst-Kept, Little-Known Secret…

Small, but mighty, Troy’s Jaydon Culp-Bishop returns as the GWOC North’s premier running back this fall – a fact that coach Matt Burgbacher would rather no one knew. But after his break-out season a year ago, the word is out. A summer football profile in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
16

Home Run Derby…As It Was, With “The St. Wendelin Walloper”

Before you get blown away by today’s home run derby, once upon a time it seemed much more real…and St. Henry’s Wally Post will immediately make area readers of Press Pros sit up and take notice of how it was then, and should be again. The story and “The St. Wendelin Walloper” in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
16

Too Hot For Man, Or Fish

Why is this a bad time to go fishing? Basically, it’s too damn hot! But unless you can get out at 5 a.m., forget it. You might get a bite in the wee hours, but not later.

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Jul
15

Most Influential: Bob Huelsman…And Home Is Where Your Heart Is

He devoted nearly four decades of his life to Covington, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. But statistics aside, the greatest impression Bob Huelsman made was in creating standards to which opponents aspired. In retirement, what he helped build stands as a lasting legacy. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
14

To The Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, And Home…Then And Now

The new bridge in Ironton, Ohio rises like a nighttime peacock across the Ohio River. Signs of progress and change in the community and amongst the people I still call home. They say the older you get the harder it is to go home to past places, old haunts, and family. Here’s how I do it…in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
11

McCoy: Rose’s All-Star Collision Heard ‘Round The World

50 years of Pete Rose, then and now…And what happened in Cincinnati nearly a half century ago, 48 years, to be exact, is etched in my mind as if it happened last year. Let me share some details of the ’70 All-Star game – as Paul Harvey would say – the rest of the story. Hal McCoy remembers…in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
9

Hal Answers…July 9, 2018

As the fortunes of the Cincinnati Reds have improved, so too, it seems, is the interest in readers who write to hall of famer Hal McCoy – about Jim Riggleman, Tyler Mahle, and where to the Reds go from here. Enjoy the latest installment of ‘Hal Answers’ in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
8

On This Date In 1965….Hang On Sloopy!

For fifty three years it has been the iconic rally song of the Ohio State Marching band, but few no much if anything about, Hang On Sloopy, or even ‘The McCoys’, the group that gave it life. Read about Ohio’s official ‘rock’ song in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
7

Leroy Anderson…And The Music That Made People Happy

You won’t know the name, and you’d never pick him out of a police lineup. But composer Leroy Anderson left a musical legacy unlike few before or after him. He wrote the songs that sounded like everyday life, songs that have made people smile…for years!

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Jul
7

A Conversation About Competitive Balance…And What It Cannot Solve!

With the advent of another year, another OHSAA commissioner, there are still the questions as to how to make the playing field more level between those that do…and those that dream of doing. Here’s some thoughts on why things may never change. From the staff at Press Pros…enjoy your weekend!

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Jul
4

The Grandest, And Best, 4th Of My Life….!

If you remember, and dream, of simpler and fun 4th of Julys, share in a wonderful story submitted by contributing writer Tom Cappell. Before politics and political correctness…the enthusiasm and fun of just being a boy. To extend your holiday, read today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
3

Happy 4th Of July: And…What ‘Is’ America’s Song?

The story behind two of America’s most recognizable songs, traditional favorites from the 19th century…and how Ray Charles would make one of them a contemporary patriotic masterpiece that sealed his place as an American musical icon. The story behind the story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
1

The Year In Photos….2018

Tribute to Dan (Ross), and the year we saw…This photo of OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross was his last as a presenter of a state tournament football trophy, and our tribute to him and another outstanding year of memorable moments made possible by those who played. Some of the best photos from ’17-’18, in today’s feature.

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Jun
28

Summer Fishing: Uncle Mel Nabs The Game Warden….

Guest columnist Tom Cappell shares one of his best outdoor columns from a lifetime of hunting and fishing stories. The age-old moral of the story is…what goes around comes around, in his latest Press Pros feature. Enjoy today’s Press Pros outdoors feature, sponsored, as always, by Olde English Outfitters, in Tipp City, Ohio.

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Jun
26

Summer Hoops, And Tourney Talk In June….

Amidst this week’s summer league basketball tourney play for area high schools (Russia’s Mason Dapore, above), the subject of the much bigger OHSAA state tournament was the topic for question to some area coaches. What to change to make it better? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
25

The Reader Speaks….June 25, 2018

Delayed for a couple of weeks by matters beyond your control, we belatedly share some thoughts of readers over the past six weeks – on state tournament baseball, Buckeye baseball, Stan Wilker, and no good deed goes without at least some argument, apparently! Enjoy the latest comments from Press Pros readers.

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Jun
23

Fly Boys…..

You think you’ve seen it all, until you see that which seems unthinkable. For years one of America’s top aerial attractions, the Navy Blue Angels had everyone in Tipp City looking up on Saturday afternoon. Photos and an invitation to see it for yourself…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
22

Tales From The Bush Leagues…..

It was the longest game I ever worked as a minor league umpire, and I remember it not for who ultimately won it, and how, but for the characters who took part in the game…and suffered more than I. An umpiring ‘war story’ from Wichita, Kansas (above) in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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