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Chad Dotson of the popular website and podcast Redleg Nation is one of the co-authors of a new book about some highlights of Cincinnati Reds history. 

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Nearly three weeks into the softball season at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, special needs adults are already feeling like all-stars. They were all smiles on opening night May 11 and couldn't wait to get on the field.

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Editor's note: This story was originally published March 25, 2014. We are re-posting it here in honor of the Reds' Opening Day on March 30, 2018, as the story is as much a fan favorite as the pastime of baseball itself. 

Book Review: In time for Opening Day, Roberta Schultz reviews The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans, edited by Chris Arvidson and Diana Nelson Jones.

Everything You Need To Know About Reds Opening Day

Mar 26, 2018
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Updated March 28, 1:20 p.m.: The Reds have postponed Thursday's game due to weather. All Opening Day activities will now take place Friday, March 30, at the same times listed below. 

This story as originally published follows. 

First—in case you didn't already know—the annual Opening Day parade isn't actually on Opening Day. 

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Here's a little tip for you.

No, it's not about politics. First of all, I have no tips about politics; and, secondly, you probably wouldn't pay any attention to them if I did.

This is a tip you can take to the bank.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American is a new multi-media exhibition that melds the story of America's pastime, baseball, with the story of American Jewish immigration and integration. 

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Monday, on the streets of Over-the-Rhine, at the party on the Banks, and, most importantly, in the packed stands of Great American Ball Park, thousands of memories will be made.

Memories for the young and the old – but mostly for the young. The kids who will be going to their first Opening Day and will carry with them memories that they will be able to recall to their children and grandchildren in vivid detail.

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Our unofficial holiday, Opening Day in Cincinnati, is just one week away. Joining us to discuss how the Reds will perform this season are Hal McCoy  with the Dayton Daily News; sports writer John Erardi; Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes; and WVXU reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson

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Much to the delight of baseball fans, pitchers and catchers started reporting for spring training this weekend, which means Opening Day is just around the corner.

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Despite some nudging by individual teams, Major League Baseball is taking technology baby steps. Earlier this year it lifted its ban of smartphones, tablets and laptops in the dugout and inked a deal with Apple for iPad Pros.

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For baseball fans, it's the ultimate fantasy: picking the roster, setting the lineup, deciding on strategies--all with real players in a real ballpark. 

The Jewish Baseball Museum Is Starting Out Online

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Before a bricks-and-mortar facility can be built, the Jewish Baseball Museum is establishing itself on the internet. 

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Reds player William Hoy lost his hearing at age three due to meningitis. He not only grew up to be one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of his time, he changed the way the game was played forever.

Dallas Morning News Theater Critic Nancy Churnin recently published a children's book about the Reds hall of famer: The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game. WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talked with her about the life and career of William "Dummy" Hoy. 

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Baseball umpires are still in business, despite a small effort to computerize them. 

The  so-called "Robo Ump"  made an appearance at a California independent baseball league July 28 and 29, 2015.  The system of three cameras placed strategically on the field and microcomputers in a nearby van is made by Sportvision.

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Ed. note: WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, is a life-long Reds fan. The following is his personal take on what Reds fans can expect from their ball club in 2016. 

Whether the team has won World Series rings the year before or finished dead last in the National League Central Division, Opening Day in Cincinnati is a very special day.

It is a day of celebration; the first day of summer in the true baseball fan's calendar.

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Reds General Manager Dick Williams didn't take the traditional career path to running a professional baseball team. For years he was an investment banker and venture capitalist. In the ten years Williams has worked for the Reds he's taken a closer look at what baseball calls sabermetrics. (SABR-Society for American Baseball Research)

Longtime Cincinnati sports writer Lonnie Wheeler has a new book out with a unique look at our national pastime. Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, as he tells our Howard Wilkinson, comes from years of studying things like the chemistry and culture of teams like the Cincinnati Reds.

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Once every generation or so, Major League Baseball chooses Cincinnati to host its All-Star Game, the “mid-summer classic” that brings together the best players in one ball park.

When the first pitch is thrown Tuesday night from the Great American Ball Park mound by the National League starter, it will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since it began at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933 and the first in the ball park that has been the Cincinnati Reds’ home since 2003.

Cincinnati Art Galleries celebrates America’s pastime with their All Star Invitational Art Show featuring baseball related work from some of the region’s finest artists.

Rookwood Pottery is celebrating Cincinnati’s hosting of the upcoming All Star Game by introducing baseball themed coasters and tiles.

The final lecture in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s baseball lecture series happens June 18: The Civic and Environmental Aspects of Baseball Landscapes from Professor John Fairfield of Xavier University.

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After the baseball stars of tomorrow leave the field, celebrities and baseball heroes will play softball at Great American Ball Park.  The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball are announcing who will play in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, July 12, during All-Star Week.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning on Cincinnati's love affair with the Reds and the tradition of politics and baseball intersecting  on Opening Day. 

Yes, this is a politics column.

That’s why it says “Politically Speaking,” right there in red, white and blue.

But let’s face it – tomorrow is Opening Day in Cincinnati, the beginning of another season of baseball for the game’s oldest professional team; and a holiday for those of us who love the game.

Not a day in this part of the world where your thoughts turn immediately to the ins-and-outs of politics.

Unless, that is, you happen to be running for office.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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