Cincinnati Reds

For 55 years, the Rosie Reds organization has been supporting the hometown baseball team, first existing as a way of getting women interested in the game, and today includes men and community fundraising efforts. A program celebrating the Rosie (Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest & Enthusiasm) Reds happens on June 22 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and joining John Kiesewetter with more are Dale Silver from the Rosie Reds and Brian Powers from the library.

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George Lee Anderson of Bridgewater, South Dakota, might well have turned out to be one of the most obscure people to have ever put on the uniform of a Major League Baseball team.

You know him as Sparky, a nickname given to him by a minor league radio broadcaster because young George was something of a firecracker.

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This is a year of anniversaries for the Cincinnati Reds.

It's the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team…  The 100th anniversary of the Reds winning the 1919 World Series… The 75th anniversary of Joe Nuxhall's historic debut as the youngest Major League Baseball player, at age 15.

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Joe Nuxhall made baseball history 75 years ago, pitching for the Reds at age 15 in an 18-0 loss to the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals on June 10, 1944. It was four days after D-Day when Nuxhall took the mound at Crosley Field, and it wasn't pretty.  

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Historian Greg Rhodes celebrates the career of Waite Hoyt, the Reds' radio play-by-play voice from 1942-1965, at the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

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Pete Rose, courtesy Pete Rose Baseball Card Set; George Foster courtesy Sarah Ramsey; Joey Votto, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and Bucky Walters, Wikimedia Commons; all others AP

Major League Baseball is a team sport, one where all 25 players on the roster have a role to play if the team is to have success.

What other game has the concept of "sacrifice flies" and "sacrifice bunts," where a hitter gives himself up willingly to move a teammate into scoring position to increase the odds of scoring runs?

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At first glance, the 1990 Cincinnati Reds looked like a brash, young team with tons of talent but no chance to make the post-season, much less win the World Series.

"Nobody picked that team to do anything,'' said Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who will retire at the end of the year after 46 years in the radio booth.

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This season you may notice Major League Baseball players wearing a patch on their uniforms that reads "MLB 150."

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You can ride the Streetcar for free when you go to a Reds game.  A release from the city says for the rest of this season, anyone with a valid game ticket will be eligible to ride for free all day. 

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If you had been in Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla., in the 1980s, watching a Cincinnati Reds spring training game, you probably wouldn't have noticed the tall, thin old man sitting in the seats behind home plate, a scorecard in his hand.

Just another old snowbird from up north, you might well have thought.

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Imagine yourself as a loyal Cincinnati Reds fan on the evening of May 24, 1935.

You were one of the 20,422 who had paid a top dollar of $1.75 for a seat in Crosley Field at the corner of Findlay and Western avenues in the West End.

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Update 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: WCET-TV and Dayton's ThinkTV managers have announced Action Auction pick-up schedules for Cincinnati and Dayton bidders.

John Kiesewetter

Top of the ninth inning. Bases loaded. Reds up 5-3. Game on the line.

So why did WKRC-TV cut away from the Opening Day game to air CBS coverage of the NCAA tournament? Talk about March madness.

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As Grand Marshal, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will get to see first-hand just how special Opening Day is in Cincinnati. On Thursday the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade turns 100, and major league baseball celebrates its 150th anniversary. It was May 4, 1869, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings - the ancestors of the Cincinnati Reds - played their first professional game and went on to finish 57-0 that season.

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Reds and the 100th anniversary of the Findlay Market Opening Day parade, making both events particularly special for Cincinnati's unofficial holiday this March 28.

Whether or not you plan to attend, knowing what roads will be closed due to the parade and where parking will be restricted for the game will ensure your day is a home run. 

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Like moths to a flame.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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.

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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.

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After a long Ohio winter, today is the first day of spring and, just a week from now, the first day of baseball season.

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