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WVXU - Mark Heyne

It may be hard for some to imagine, but winter must be officially over, because Cincinnati’'s unofficial holiday, Opening Day, is finally here, as the Reds welcome the Pirates to Great American Ballpark Monday for their first game of the season. Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds team historian; sports writer John Erardi; and, WVXU'’s Howard Wilkinson join us to size up this year’'s Reds, and take a look at the Findlay Market Parade and other opening day celebrations.

Wikipedia

Pete Rose has renewed his request to be allowed into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 

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Pete Rose has officially petitioned Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement. Manfred said he will consider the request "on its merits."

ESPN reports:

Michael Keating

The Cincinnati Reds and All Star closer Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, the Reds announced Friday morning.

MLB.com is reporting that Chapman will make $8.05 million this year. In the arbitration hearing, which was to have taken place Friday, Chapman was asking for $8.7 million for the 2015 season, while the Reds countered with $6.65 million, according to MLB.com.

  Kim Nuxhall, son of Cincinnati legend Joe Nuxhall, is carrying on his father's dreams to provide a safe, happy place for children of all abilities to play baseball. The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields will be adding additional safe playground areas near their ballfields, and Kim Nuxhall and fellow board member Larry Tischler join us with an update of  the Miracle League Fields.

Baseball Road Trips

Sep 5, 2014

As the baseball season winds down, David Delegator speaks by phone with Timothy Mullin, the author of Baseball Road Trips: The Midwest & Great Lakes.  This book might make a great present for a baseball lover you know who’s looking for vacation ideas for next year.

Sports historian Scott Rowan has written a fascinating book looking at the ways the Chicago Cubs have altered politics, society, race relations, innovation, entertainment, vices and baseball. He’s on the phone with Mark Heyne to talk about The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.

2014 Opening Day Playlist

Mar 25, 2014

Opening Day in Cincinnati is like no other.  With the help of the Cincinnati Reds, we have curated a special Opening Day Spotfiy playlist to help get you fired up for the 2014 season.  These are the songs you'll hear at Great American Ballpark when your favorite players come up to bat.

Go Reds!

Michael E. Keating

In thinking about Great American Ball Park through the winter, photographer Michael E. Keating chose to make photographs in black-and-white, a classic look that conveys a mood.

Provided, Orange Frazer Press


First, I have a confession to make.

I have a passion for politics – otherwise, without a complete and utter fascination with politics at all levels, how I could stand to be a journalist covering it for 40 years?

But my first love is baseball, the greatest game ever conceived by the human mind. A thing of beauty. Always has been, always will be. And, in 22 days, it all begins again, with Cincinnati’s unique holiday, Opening Day.

Provided, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

  In the first half of the 1900s racism and Jim Crow laws kept African-American baseball players from being on the same teams as white players. So in 1920 the Negro National League was formed, soon followed  by other rival Negro Leagues. An exhibit now on display at the Galleries at Sinclair in Dayton, Ohio, Shades of Greatness, is the first collaborative art exhibition inspired by the history of Negro Leagues Baseball.

Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Reds started the first professional baseball team in 1869, so without a doubt there's a lot of history surrounding them. The Reds Hall of Fame opens an exhibit today, Kings of the Queen City, which showcases the team's greatest moments and biggest names.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a graphic timeline covering 145 years of Reds history.  The timeline also has an interactive touch-screen screen monitor with audio and video clips.

Howard Wilkinson

Today is the first day of spring.

Yes, it is. Don’t let the piles of rock-hard snow lining the streets and clogging up your yard fool you. Don’t be deceived by the slushy white stuff that is supposed to fall from the sky today.

Today, at the Cincinnati Reds’ training camp in the suburban desert that is Goodyear, Arizona, the Reds pitchers and catchers report for duty. Some have been there for days, anxious for another season of baseball to begin.

Some will tell you that you are crazy; that spring officially begins on Thursday, March 20 – the vernal equinox.

The Negro League Baseball Museum has organized a traveling exhibition entitled, “Shades of Greatness: Art Inspired by Negro Leagues Baseball.”  The exhibition is on display through March 12th at the art galleries at Sinclair Community College

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