Greg Hoard:  How I Met…Stan “The Man”

There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That's how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face...the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press Pros, an encore of this nostalgic story from columnist Greg Hoard.

Michael Davidson, And The Pro Next Door…

Fresh upon the Professional Bowlers tour, Versailles' Michael Davidson hopes to make his mark before he makes his 25th birthday. They're doing that these days, you know, and he could be next. A good read on bowling...in today's Press Pros inside feature.

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Greg Hoard:  How I Met…Stan “The Man”
Oct
15

Greg Hoard: How I Met…Stan “The Man”

There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That’s how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face…the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press Pros, an encore of this nostalgic story from columnist Greg Hoard.

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Michael Davidson, And The Pro Next Door…
Sep
26

Michael Davidson, And The Pro Next Door…

Fresh upon the Professional Bowlers tour, Versailles’ Michael Davidson hopes to make his mark before he makes his 25th birthday. They’re doing that these days, you know, and he could be next. A good read on bowling…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hal McCoy…And The ‘Man Cave’ Revealed
Sep
2

Hal McCoy…And The ‘Man Cave’ Revealed

The oft-spoken-about source for years of Hal McCoy’s observations on Reds baseball, finally the facts are revealed about what constitutes the ‘man cave’. You might be – no, you will be – surprised. One of mankind’s great mysteries unraveled…in today’s Press Pros inside feature. Enjoy!

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California Dreamin’…..And A Kid You Might Remember!
Jul
28

California Dreamin’…..And A Kid You Might Remember!

Matt Fulks left for the left coast to pursue life and the dream of becoming what you want to be without having to explain. And his invitation for me to see the first fruits has been enlightening. A good read about the of worries of being a pairent…in today’s inside feature.

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Most Influential:  Don Flinn…And Why There Is No Good Writing!
Jul
8

Most Influential: Don Flinn…And Why There Is No Good Writing!

Of all the influential people in my life, one educator heads the list for making the most lasting of impacts. Not music, not business, or even baseball, it was my high school English teacher, Don Flinn (above), who heads the list of people who helped me find my eventual calling. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Josh Newman…And How ‘Home’ Is Working At Penn State
Jun
3

Josh Newman…And How ‘Home’ Is Working At Penn State

From his rural Ohio River roots, former Wheelersburg Pirate and Ohio State Buckeye, Josh Newman, is using what he’s learned along the way to make a difference in Penn State baseball.

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One Man’s Plan To Rebuild Covington Baseball…..
Apr
27

One Man’s Plan To Rebuild Covington Baseball…..

Mired in the midst of a 1-13 varsity baseball season, a once great legacy of Covington baseball now seems light years away. But first year coach Andy Johnson (above, background) is committed, and content, to do whatever it takes…for however long it takes…to rebuild. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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At Peace With Whatever…Sarah Schulze Joins A New Team
Mar
20

At Peace With Whatever…Sarah Schulze Joins A New Team

After an athletic career that saw her achieve records and fame, Anna’s Sarah Schulze now focuses on a life of faith and servitude to a far greater coach and master. One of our most unique personal profiles in some time by columnist Greg Billing…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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How You Remember People:  And ‘Dad’ On His Birthday…
Feb
2

How You Remember People: And ‘Dad’ On His Birthday…

He’s been gone six years now, but every February 1st I remember my dad because of one of his most enjoyable winter habits. Read on as I share.

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How The Other Half Plays:  ‘Roots’, And Hoops With The Fairland Dragons
Jan
24

How The Other Half Plays: ‘Roots’, And Hoops With The Fairland Dragons

The most tradition-rich program to never have won a title? I say it’s the Fairland Dragons, in tiny Proctorville, Ohio, where coach Nathan Speed (above) has generated a new tradition of winning…and took his team to the Final Four last spring for the first time in 56 years. Read the story in the latest Press Pros inside feature.

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Baseball Men I’ve Known…Memories And Old Leather!
Jan
14

Baseball Men I’ve Known…Memories And Old Leather!

A quick rummage through the closet reminded me of a life-long journey around baseball and men who have shaped my love for the game. Thankfully, after all these years I still have the evidence to prove where I’ve been.

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Macy Puthoff, And As Big As The Moment…!
Nov
6

Macy Puthoff, And As Big As The Moment…!

Senior commendations…New Bremen’s Paige Jones (#10, right) congratulates sophomore teammate Macy Puthoff after a “kill” in Saturday’s regional final win over Fort Loramie. Read more about Puthoff’s timely impact on the match in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Remembering Floyd Cramer…And One Last Date!
Nov
2

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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Oct
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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