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As the Cincinnati Reds mark 150 years this season, the Findlay Market Parade celebrates its 100th anniversary. The parade starts this Thursday at noon, followed by the Reds opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark. Game time is 4:10.

Marty Brennaman
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Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman is starting his 46th, and last, year with the club. His voice has been the sound of summer for Cincinnati baseball fans since 1974.

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Sometimes, as I sit in my mezzanine seats at Great American Ball Park, I hear fans sitting nearby – casual fans, folks who do not, like some of us, live and breathe Reds baseball all year long – talking about the circular plaques on the façade behind home plate, just below the press box and broadcast booths.

chuck harmon
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Seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, a 29-year-old utility player from Indiana named Chuck Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds.

An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for ten schools, excluding Ohio State.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Rich Exner, data analysis editor at Cleveland.com, about the trends he’s seeing in the numbers on athletic spending.

march madness
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The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s field is set as of Sunday night, and the local area is well-represented by the Cincinnati Bearcats and Northern Kentucky Norse.

A sold-out crowd of more than 32,000 people cheered, chanted and sang as FC Cincinnati took the field at home for the first time in Major League Soccer Sunday night. The final score was 3-nil to the home team.

will white
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Will White looked like a mild-mannered bank teller, but he was, in fact, the fiercest, nastiest and most durable pitcher the fledgling Cincinnati Reds had in the 1870s and 1880s.

Courtesy FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati lost to the Seattle Sounders FC in its first Major League Soccer match last Saturday.

1869 red stockings
Courtesy of The Baseball Hall of Fame

Chances are, if you are a Cincinnatian, you have stood on the very ground where the 1869 Red Stockings – the first openly professional baseball club – played its home games.

And you probably didn't even know it.

tommy thrall
Bill Violona / Courtesy Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Sports broadcaster Tommy Thrall has been the voice of the Reds' Pensacola Blue Wahoos AA team for the last seven years. This month, he begins announcing games for the Reds with Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley.

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A fight breaks out between parents after a fourth-grade youth basketball game outside Mariemont Junior High School. Parents and young players have been expelled from their league. Outbursts from parents are all too common and many leagues are cracking down. Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League officials said in January of 2018 there were approximately 45 parent ejections. Now they have new rules in place to curb outbursts from fans.

rob manfred
Nati Harnik / AP

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal of the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade this March 28. 

Robinson was the first player to win an MVP Award in both the National and American Leagues. He also became manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, becoming the first black manager in MLB history.

Sarah Ramsey WVXU

Marvin Lewis is no longer head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The 60-year-old has been with the Bengals for 16 seasons and had a 131-122-3 record with the team. 

When you’ve spent your career covering sports in Northeast Ohio, you’re going to witness a lot of football heartbreak when it comes to the Browns.

WKSU's Mark Arehart talks with sports commentator Terry Pluto about his new book "The Brown’s Blues: Two decades of utter frustration: Why everything kept going wrong for the Cleveland Browns." 


When Kalin Bennett was young, medical experts told his family he might never walk or speak because of autism. During his senior year of high school, he was ranked as the No. 16 basketball prospect in Arkansas.

Bennett will bring his talents on the court to Kent State as the NCAA’s first autistic basketball player to sign at the Division 1 level.

There may be a free lunch but there is no such thing as a free bobblehead. That’s the gist of a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday that the Cincinnati Reds aren’t really giving away bobbleheads to fans, but selling them.  

At issue is whether the Reds have to pay Ohio’s use tax when it purchased bobblehead dolls to give away at games. 

reds hall of fame
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The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is about to get its first major makeover since opening in 2004.

Dayton’s foreign-born population has grown dramatically in recent years. While the number of immigrants is smaller than that in some other cities around the United States, people from more than 100 different countries call Dayton home.

That international diversity was on display at a special recent soccer game. The Dayton World Soccer Games is designed to help the city’s immigrant and refugee newcomers feel at home. 

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