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Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 on Monday, the Baseball Hall of Fame and MLB announced.

He was 75.

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called Seaver "a consummate professional" and "an artist on the mound."

"He had a fantastic sense of humor that reverberated around the club house

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Update 4 p.m. Thursday Aug. 20: Fox Sports has dropped Thom Brennaman from NFL games this fall because of his use of a gay slur during the Reds' doubleheader Wednesday.

Brennamman, 56, has been a NFL play-by-play announcer since 1994, when the network acquired the TV contract for the NFL's NFC division.

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It’s Opening Day! Baseball is back!

So why I am not more excited?

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The Republican Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and multiple others found themselves in federal custody this week in what may be the largest bribery scandal in the state's history.

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Major League Baseball starts the COVID-shortened season this week. The Cincinnati Reds host the Detroit Tigers Friday evening. Because of the pandemic, there won't be fans in the ballpark. Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini says the team is getting ready for when they can welcome fans back.

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The Cincinnati Reds will play Opening Day much later than usual, with the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the season short by more than a hundred games and delaying it by three months.

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Baseball is a very ear-friendly sport. There's the crack of the bat, the sound of a fastball hitting leather and the roar of the crowd. There might not be fans in America's ballparks as this COVID-shortened season starts - which just might make sound all the more important. Bill Rinehart has more about the organist for the Cincinnati Reds in this chapter of OKI Wanna Know.

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Limited access to Reds players – and no interaction with the opponents' broadcasters and beat reporters – will make TV and radio games a different ball game during the pandemic.

No longer can the media interview players in the clubhouse before or after games, or hang out on the field during batting practice to chat with home and visiting players, coaches and broadcasters about the team's streaks and health.  

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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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