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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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All children benefit from physical activity and the enjoyment that can come with sports and teamwork. But for those who are disabled, participating in these activities is a bit more challenging. Special needs or adapted sports programming give all kids, regardless of ability, the chance to engage in various forms of physical recreation.

Coming to the Kentucky Speedway on Friday, September 25 is the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 and track spokesman Tim Bray is with Lee Hay with a preview of the race and a look back at the busy summer racing season.

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.

The Western & Southern Open is the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin. And this month fans will once again be able to see some of the greatest players in tennis compete.

If you are a tennis fan, how would you like to pick the brains of the world's greatest players and coaches? Want to improve your serve? Get advice from Pete Sampras. Want to know how to hit the perfect ground stroke? Ask Tracy Austin.

A Look At The Longest Season In Pro Sports

Jul 14, 2015

For baseball players who didn't make tonight's All-Star Game, this is a short break from a very long season.  In fact, at 162 games, this is the sports world's longest season.  Add in the work a player does in the offseason and the preseason and things get even more intense.  

  Greater Cincinnati has been focusing its attention on the preparation and events leading up to tomorrow’s All-Star Game, but our area is hosting another national sports competition this week. The 2015 USRowing Club National Championships begin July 15 at Harsha Lake in Clermont County. An estimated two-thousand rowers are expected to compete in the five-day regatta. 

Starters for the All-Star Game were announced Sunday and the full player rosters came out Monday. Now it’s time to play ball, as Cincinnati hosts the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. 

The Kentucky Speedway is gearing up for the fifth running of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR race and they have added more family activities and 2 free practice sessions during the July 9-11 weekend.

Thousands of people will descend on the Kentucky Speedway this weekend to take part in Tough Mudder. It's an obstacle course challenge that its organizer says is the ultimate test of strength, grit, stamina and teamwork.

Tough Mudder, an obstacle course challenge that is the ultimate test of strength, grit, stamina and teamwork happens June 27 and 28 at the Kentucky Speedway.

We Preview The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Jun 3, 2015

The recent scandal involving FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association might be leading newscasts, but it should not overshadow the 2015 FIFA Women'’s World Cup Games about to begin in Canada. While America was late to the game of soccer, it continues to grow in popularity.

In a sports writing career covering half a century, Hal McCoy crowns his own Hall of Fame career with his latest book, “The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.” The memoir of the team gives fans an inside-the-dugout look that never made the daily press. Veteran sports writer Hal McCoy and WVXU political reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the book, Hal McCoy'’s years covering the Reds, and what really happened to Sparky.

For college basketball fans, we are going into the most wonderful time of the year. Conference tournaments are underway.  Selection Sunday for the college men's NCAA basketball tournament is this weekend and we'll have our eyes glued to the TV to see if our favorite teams make it in and where they get seeded. Soon many of us will fill out our brackets and March Madness will be in full swing. 

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Cincinnati Edition - June 6, 2014

School is back and college sports are starting up. Lee Hay spends a few minutes with John Spinney, coach of the women’s volleyball team at Thomas More College, talking about the growth of volleyball both in college and the pros.

The Reds Hall of Fame heads into a busy weekend celebrating its 2014 class.  Ken Griffey Junior, Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late John Beckley will be inducted into the hall Saturday evening during on-field ceremonies before the Reds play the Marlins.

Reds Hall of Fame  Executive Director Rick Walls compares the annual induction celebration to the Super Bowl or the World Series for the museum:

  

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Locals complete world's toughest foot race

Jul 27, 2014

 

  About 25 percent of major-league pitchers today have had Tommy John surgery. The procedure, in which doctors transplant a tendon from one arm into a damaged elbow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is named for the pitcher who first underwent the surgery in 1974. Dr.

SCPA teacher wins Badwater race

Jul 22, 2014
Badwater race director Chris Kostman

With extreme changes in elevation and high temperatures, the Badwater Ultramarathon is billed as the world's toughest foot race.  A Cincinnati runner has won this year's event in California.  38-year-old Harvey Lewis teaches social studies at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and said his accomplishment truly had not sunk in yet.

"It feels like almost a dream, especially because it's something that's been literally a dream for me to accomplish, and it's just a phenomenal feeling," said Lewis.

Four former Reds’ greats, three with Cincinnati roots, will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame next month: Dave Parker, Ron Oester, Ken Griffey, Jr. and veteran selection Jake Beckley.  Howard Wilkinson previews all the events surrounding the August 8-10 induction weekend with Executive Director Rick Walls of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

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It’s time again for the Kentucky Speedway to host the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Race at the track in Sparta. With a preview of what race fans can expect during the entire race weekend, both on and off the track, Lee Hay welcomes in Tim Bray, director of communications for the Speedway.

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While the U.S. is still primarily a baseball and football country, over the last three decades what we call soccer (and the world calls football) has become extremely popular here on the youth, college and professional levels. And it will be easy to spot U.S. soccer fans once the World Cup gets underway June 12.

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Flying Pig Takes Off This Weekend

Apr 29, 2014
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  This Sunday is the 16th running of the Flying Pig Marathon. But since its inaugural run in 1999, the Pig has grown and evolved into a full weekend of races, events and just plain fun, as runners, walkers, spectators, even pets, “get their oink on. We talk about this year’s Flying Pig, some history, and what the race means to the local economy, with Flying Pig Marathon Executive Director Iris Simpson-Bush.

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