The ‘Word’ Man:  Hal McCoy, Beyond Hal McCoy

Wondering what you're going to read now that the Reds are done and Hal McCoy has moved on to a richer baseball palette? Take a moment to consider the man beyond balls and strikes. Learn why it's the way he writes about balls and strikes that makes him special. Something I'll never hear the end of...in today's inside feature.

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Remembering Floyd Cramer…And One Last Date!
Nov
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Remembering Floyd Cramer…And One Last Date!

A lot of people won’t know the name, but they smile every time they hear the signature hit of one of country and popular music’s favorite instrumentalists. For at least these few words, pianist Floyd Cramer deserves to be remembered.

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16

The ‘Word’ Man: Hal McCoy, Beyond Hal McCoy

Wondering what you’re going to read now that the Reds are done and Hal McCoy has moved on to a richer baseball palette? Take a moment to consider the man beyond balls and strikes. Learn why it’s the way he writes about balls and strikes that makes him special. Something I’ll never hear the end of…in today’s inside feature.

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Aaron Hughes, And The Happiest Guy At Lane And High….
Oct
15

Aaron Hughes, And The Happiest Guy At Lane And High….

Former Tipp Red Devil Aaron Hughes is making quite an impression as a Buckeye baseball walk-on, and his example of high character and hard work has helped him prove that dreams can, and do, come true. A feel-good read to start your week…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hoard: When A Chicken Dance Is The High Point In A Season
Sep
21

Hoard: When A Chicken Dance Is The High Point In A Season

They’ve done the typical; they’ve done the atypical. And still, the Bengals are bad. With nothing to compare with the league best franchises, it leaves little with which to elicit fan favor. They’re now the featured guests for Oktoberfest, and beer drinking!

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Once Again, We Thank You, Marty
Sep
11

Once Again, We Thank You, Marty

He’s signed through 2018. After that, he is not sure what he will do. He’s 75. The West Coast road trips are becoming more difficult for Marty Brenneman. And one day now we’ll turn on the game and he’ll be gone. It’ll be a hard day…for a lot of people. Read Greg Hoard’s latest inside feature.

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Hal at Large: Why Gene Bennett Meant So Much To Me….
Aug
17

Hal at Large: Why Gene Bennett Meant So Much To Me….

He was a guy who you hoped would call, one you hated to see leave if he came to visit. And for Reds fans everywhere, Gene Bennett was largely responsible for the success during the era of the Big Red Machine. He found talent, and one of the nicest people I ever met.

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The Most Interesting Player In Area Division IV Basketball…?
Jun
11

The Most Interesting Player In Area Division IV Basketball…?

At 6’8” and 275 pounds, Troy Christian’s James Anderson casts a long shadow wherever he goes. But will that shadow make him the area’s most interesting figure in Division IV basketball come December? Read more in today’s Pres Pros off-season feature on area athletes.

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Thad, We Barely Knew You….
Jun
10

Thad, We Barely Knew You….

The manner in which Ohio State changed basketball coaches this week wasn’t smooth, and it left many with the impression that change for the sake of change is no change at all. That being the case, here’s some reasons why I’m going to miss Thad Matta.

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When I Go Back To Hardman….
May
5

When I Go Back To Hardman….

Anyone who ever played at Fountain Park for Jim Hardman CAN NEVER go back without reliving the best days of Piqua baseball – the best days of baseball in the lives of those fortunate to be in the right place, with the right man, at the right time.

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Buckeyes Fall To NKU, But Canzone Continues To Hit…
Apr
20

Buckeyes Fall To NKU, But Canzone Continues To Hit…

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Mar
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Greg Hoard: How I Met…Stan “The Man”

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A Baseball Story:  How Steve Carlton Helped Me Get A Job In Baseball…
Jan
22

A Baseball Story: How Steve Carlton Helped Me Get A Job In Baseball…

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Mike Piatt:  Back On The Firing Line
Jan
3

Mike Piatt: Back On The Firing Line

A decade after he coached Lehman to its best record in the new millenium, Mike Piatt is back on the sidelines at West Milton, enjoying the challenge of building, and eager to make up for lost time. Read more in the latest Press Pros profile feature.

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Hoard: In Homage to Maris, Baseball’s Tragic Hero
Dec
16

Hoard: In Homage to Maris, Baseball’s Tragic Hero

Roger Maris once said about his historic home run achievement: “Do you know what I have for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing.” It describes the irony of recognition that he never enjoyed as one of baseball’s best players.

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Trevor Miller…And The Forward Next Door
Oct
17

Trevor Miller…And The Forward Next Door

His story is heart rending, uplifting, and one that gives rise to optimism in succeeding generations. All that, and Covington’s Trevor Miller is a pretty good basketball player, too. As a prelude to the coming basketball season, think ‘hoops’ and enjoy today’s inside feature on Press Pros.

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Hoard: Watching ‘The Tribe’ — Wahoo!
Oct
14

Hoard: Watching ‘The Tribe’ — Wahoo!

I grew up in southern Indiana, but thanks to my dad and his work driving a moving truck I became a Cleveland Indians fan…through a set of discarded baseball cards. Years later, I’ve graduated to a set of vintage hats. I’ll be rooting for them against Toronto.

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The Nuts And Bolts Of Troy Being 5-1
Oct
6

The Nuts And Bolts Of Troy Being 5-1

If you’re amazed at the start – the record – of Matt Burgbacher and the Troy Trojans, understand that there’s no limit to what one can accomplish with attitude and a little hard work.

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Bowser Sidney’s Blue-Collar Leader….
Sep
30

Bowser Sidney’s Blue-Collar Leader….

The GWOC’s leading rusher is three hundred yards ahead of his nearest competitor at the halfway point, and is doing it in virtual anonymity. He doesn’t seem to mind.

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Life As Number #1(s)….
Jul
29

Life As Number #1(s)….

Tyler Stephenson (above) and Nick Senzel have more in common than just being teammates on the Dayton Dragons. In successive years they’re the Reds’ #1 draft picks, playing under the expectation that they’re going to be stars…and soon! Read more about their journey so far in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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