Cincinnati Reds

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I can't even begin to tell you how many Independence Days I have spent at ball parks over the years – Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium, Great American Ball Park.

Some were just dusty sandlots where I was playing as a kid or, as a grownup, coaching other kids in Knothole baseball, teaching them to play the greatest game ever invented and how to behave like good sports doing it.

But last Saturday was the saddest of them all.

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The city of Cincinnati adopted its budget following days of contentious public hearings and shouts to defund the police department. The already cash-strapped city, brought to the financial brink by the COVID-19 pandemic, ultimately approved little in the way of changing the funding of the police department.

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Fox Sports Ohio digs deep in its vault for some memorable Reds games during the coronavirus pandemic baseball stoppage.

Tom Seaver's 1978 no-hitter against the Cardinals, Johnny Bench's dramatic home run on "Johnny Bench Night" in 1983, Pete Rose's record-breaking hit No. 4,192 from 1985 and the 1990 Reds clinching the National League Championship Series over the Pirates will air in primetime on Fox Sports Ohio.

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Sweep! Sweep! Good news for Reds fans in a coronavirus lockdown missing baseball. Fox Sports Ohio will repeat the Reds' World Series sweeps of the New York Yankees in 1976 and the Oakland A's in 1990.

The 1990 World Series airs this week at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, through Saturday, May 2.

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Remember when Fox Sports Ohio last week repeated only four games of the 1975 World Series, which the Reds won in seven games?

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And this one belongs to the Reds! Fox Sports Ohio replays four games from the 1975 World Series this week, the four Reds victories to win the World Championship over the Boston Red Sox.

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Anne Serling is confident that her famous father would be pleased that Cincinnati Public Radio is reviving O' Toole From Moscow, his 1955 Cincinnati Reds comedy premiering 8 p.m. tonight on WVXU-FM and at wvxu.org.

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I've been getting too much attention for reviving O'Toole From Moscow, Rod Serling's "lost" 1955 baseball comedy about the Cincinnati Reds for WVXU-FM.

The stars of the show are, well, the stars of the show: Eight very talented University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music students. The manager of our Team O'Toole is director Richard Hess, who teaches acting and directing at CCM. Our recording guru is WVXU engineer Josh Elstro.

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Play ball! Fox Sports Ohio will repeat four 2019 Reds games to fill the void from Major League Baseball's shut-down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday March 26 – which was supposed to be Opening Day – FSO will air a tripleheader, including the 2019 Opening Day game against the Pirates.

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His name may not ring a bell, but if you’ve ever attended a Reds game at Great American Ball Park, you’ve heard his talent. Our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter sits down for a conversation with John Schutte, the GABP organist and keyboardist with popular local band The Rusty Griswolds.

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It’s an organization we’ve all heard about but what do you know about the Rosie Reds? Do you think it started back when the team started? (Nope) Do you think it’s an all-female organization (Nope again) Find out everything about this group when our resident Reds fanatic and Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talks with current Rosie Reds President Valerie Guthrie.

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The Reds haven't been to the playoffs lately, but the team consistently leads Major League Baseball with the hippest ballpark organist.

You might not know John Schutte's name, but millions of people have enjoyed his music at Great American Ball Park since 2010 – or playing keyboard for the Rusty Griswolds 1980's cover band.

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All 162 Reds games will be televised again this year – with 159 games on Fox Sports Ohio, and three national games on Fox Sports 1.

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A traveling exhibit on baseball's Negro Leagues is now open at the Reds Hall of Fame. Executive Director Rick Walls says because there aren't many artifacts from the league, which existed until Major League Baseball was fully integrated, "Shades of Greatness" is a collection of artworks. Walls says he wants people to come away from the exhibit with a sense of "what if?"

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Outspoken Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, who blasted Commissioner Rob Manfred's playoff expansion proposal earlier this month, tells HBO's Real Sports Tuesday (10 p.m. HBO) that "probably like 70%" of all pitchers apply sticky pine tar to the ball.

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It's not small ball, it's Thrall Ball!

Tommy Thrall takes over Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play this spring from Marty Brennaman, who retired last fall after 46 seasons. Thrall will call all of the spring training games from Arizona, many of them with analyst Jeff Brantley. The Reds' spring opener is 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Goodyear, Ariz.

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Fox Sports Ohio will televise eight Cincinnati Reds spring training games from Arizona, two less than last year.

Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear on Feb. 13, one week from today. The Reds' spring schedule opens Saturday, Feb. 22, against the Cleveland Indians on radio.

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Rod Serling's 1955 comedy involving the Cincinnati Reds – broadcast only once on NBC Television – will come to life in a Cincinnati Public Radio studio this weekend.

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After a year sitting in the back of the booth, Tommy Thrall is looking forward to taking over the Reds' main broadcasting role starting with the weekly Hot Stove League talk show Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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If the 2020 Major League Baseball season had gone on as planned, the Cincinnati Reds would be in Denver tonight, taking on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Game Two of the four-game series.

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