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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The Reader Speaks…July 2, 2019 – On ‘Winning’
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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Hoard:  A Tiger Tale…And “Call Me Al”
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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The Thinking Man’s Impression Of The Dem Debates….
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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Uncle Mel, Fence Posts, And The Birthday Marlin….
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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Troy’s Kendall No Longer Concerned With Elbow….
Jun
27

Troy’s Kendall No Longer Concerned With Elbow….

Former Troy Trojan, Zach Kendall, has resurrected his career at the University of Rio Grande, and Chillicothe, in the summer Prospect League. Columnist Mark Znidar shares his story in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Summer Ball:  A ‘Switch In Positions’ For Ernst, Buckeyes
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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An ‘Old’ Twist On A League Of Their Own…
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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Michigan’s CWS Win Over Vandy…Textbook!
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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Who Loses…If We Disregard Winning?
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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Mike Martin’s Final Walk…
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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Doseck And Cordonnier Honored As SCL Standouts…
Jun
20

Doseck And Cordonnier Honored As SCL Standouts…

Two of the best examples of scholar-athletes you can find, Russia’s Jenna Cordonnier and Anna’s Griffin Doseck garnered end-of-the-year Press Pros honors and a sponsor’s scholarship for the Shelby County League. Read about them in today’s Press Pros.

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Press Pros Honors SCL Athletes Tonight In Sidney….
Jun
20

Press Pros Honors SCL Athletes Tonight In Sidney….

Our final tribute to area athletes is tonight…honoring Shelby County League athletes…at the Bridge Restaurant, in Sidney…the public is invited. Read more!

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SWDAB Honors, Pays Tribute To Its Best….
Jun
19

SWDAB Honors, Pays Tribute To Its Best….

The Southwest District Board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association held its annual Scholar-Athlete Reception Wednesday at the Dayton Marriott to honor nearly fifty of its best and brightest and support their future growth at the next step. Read more about it in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Missing…Joe ‘B’
Jun
19

Missing…Joe ‘B’

Sadly, we share the bad news of the passing of one of our most colorful readers.  With our thanks and condolences, we won’t forget him.

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Hoard: The Baby Bull, “That Would Be Me”….
Jun
19

Hoard: The Baby Bull, “That Would Be Me”….

We’re often requested to post more of Greg Hoard’s nostalgic stories of the major league baseball past, and the hall of famers who made an indelible impression of fans for generations. Here’s one of his best, on former Rookie of The Year, MVP, and hall of famer Orlando Cepeda. Enjoy today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Bucks.  Now, What Next?
Jun
18

Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Bucks. Now, What Next?

Power pitching…If you want my capsule on the Buckeyes’ year, it comes down to the oldest cliche in the baseball book. Good pitching, like freshman All-American Seth Lonsway (below) beats good hitting every time. And baseball quotes are ageless. I know. I’m almost old enough to be ageless. Closing the book on 2019 Buckeyes baseball in today’s Press Pros post.

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Hal Answers:  June 17, 2019
Jun
17

Hal Answers: June 17, 2019

The latest questions from fans of baseball, and the latest answers from baseball hall of famer Hal McCoy, who doesn’t promise you’ll be happy with the answers – just willing to face the music if you’re not. Always an enjoyable read…Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hoard: Could This (2019) Be The Start Of Something Big?
Jun
16

Hoard: Could This (2019) Be The Start Of Something Big?

They were so young starting out that no one could have possibly guessed in February they would win the Big Ten Tournament and return to an NCAA regional.  But they were talented enough to do it, and the experience portends even better things for 2020 and beyond. Greg Hoard add his perspective in part 2 of our post-season recap.

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Happy Father’s Day:  Tomatoes, And Dad….
Jun
16

Happy Father’s Day: Tomatoes, And Dad….

If he were here he’d cock one eye and give me his lecture on why it’s too late in the season to plant tomatoes.  As it is, I smiled yesterday and planted them anyway…in honor of Dad.

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Some Final Words On Climate, And Baseball, 2019
Jun
16

Some Final Words On Climate, And Baseball, 2019

Another season, and new champions in the book.  But still, baseball (and spring sports) lag behind the others in terms of priority and fair competitive conditions.  Some thoughts on what to do with some final words in today’s inside feature.

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