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Chris Welsh

July 4, 2014
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Chris Welsh, a TV announcer with the Cincinnati Reds, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, at a young age and graduated from St. Xavier High School and then South Florida University.  The left-handed Welsh pitched for Robin Roberts at South Florida.  Roberts, as most of you know, was a star pitcher in...

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Dusty Baker

July 3, 2014
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Where is Dusty Baker today?  The 64-year old former Reds manager is living in California, and for the first time in many years is out of baseball.  He came into the National League in 1967 and for 45 of the next 47 years he was connected in one way or another with baseball.  He...

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Baseball Pitches

July 2, 2014
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Do you know how many different pitches major league baseball players actually throw?  The answer is 9!  The most common one is the fast ball, but there are 2 of those.  The four-seam and the two-seam.  There is a regular change-up and a three-finger circle change-up.  To this list add the straight curve ball. ...

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The Family Entertainment Dollar

July 1, 2014
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What does your family like to do for recreation in the field of sports?  Can you afford to go to more than one Reds ball game a year?  Do you have Bengal or Colts tickets or do you like pro-basketball, such as the Pacers and the Fever? No matter which one of these is your favorite,...

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What is too much?

June 30, 2014
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You have heard me give my opinion several times on over-participation by young athletes.  Most of my objections have had to do with the type of damage this can do to the young athlete.  Since they are still growing, overuse of certain muscles and joints causes major problems later in life.  Example:  Tommy John...

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Gelen Robinson

June 27, 2014
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Gelen Robinson of Lake Central High School in northwest Indiana has announced that he will attend Purdue University to play football.  He is the son of Purdue’s All-American basketball star, Glenn Robinson.  Unlike his older brother who went to Michigan to play basketball, Gelen will follow his dad to Purdue. He was a two-time...

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Westerfeld Sisters

June 26, 2014
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Ginny and Michaela Westerfeld, daughters of Mark and Debbie Westerfeld of Batesville, recently signed to run track at Huntington College in Indiana.  The two sisters ran sprints for Batesville High School. Ginny Westerfeld was the most successful of the two runners appearing in two straight track meets to one appearance for Michaela.  Ginny placed...

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Soccer’s World Cup

June 25, 2014
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Although the United States is still not considered a world power in soccer, it certainly is starting to get the attention of the world soccer community.  They probably aren’t yet ready to challenge the power countries of Brazil and Mexico, but they can certainly hold their own in most of their matches these days....

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Chuck Noll

June 24, 2014
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Another big time athlete passed away recently.  Chuck Noll who was born in 1932 attended the University of Dayton to play college football.  He is best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  His tenure at Pittsburgh started in 1969 and lasted through 1991.  It included 4 Super Bowl Championships. His regular season head...

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Tony Gwynn

June 23, 2014
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Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres passed away from mouth cancer recently.  Most baseball experts agree he might have been the best hitter since Joe DiMaggio.  These baseball people also hope that the younger ball players look at the smokeless tobacco usage that led to Tony Gwynn’s cancer and avoid this habit from...

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