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Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench to auction memorabilia in Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Hunt Auctions has announced the offering of the personal collection from Hall of Fame catcher and Cincinnati Reds icon Johnny Bench. The collection will consist of materials dating from Bench’s Minor League career until after his final Major League Baseball season in 1983. The Bench Collection will be the showcase offering within the 17th annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Live Auction...

Billy Reed: Can’t wait for ‘Play Ball!’ even for half a season and dreaming of Reds fulfilling their potential

When last we heard from the Cincinnati Reds – you remember them, right? – they were playing spring-training games, working to put together what promised to be the most exciting Reds team in a decade or so. But then they had to pack up their bats and gloves and go home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced the opening of the baseball season to be canceled, the same fate as suffered by...

Ashland enjoys connection with Cincinnati Reds broadcasting great Marty Brennaman

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today For the last dozen years of Marty Brennaman’s broadcasting career with the Cincinnati Reds, those of us living in Ashland were blessed with a unique view. That’s because Marty’s girlfriend and later wife, Amanda Ingram Brennaman, shared him with us. Amanda is an Ashland girl and her parents and sister are still here. Her family was with the rest during the celebration...

Keith Taylor: With Marty Brennaman set to retire, it’s hard to imagine listening to the Reds without him

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today I can’t remember the first time I heard Marty Brennaman on the radio. He’s been calling Cincinnati Reds baseball games almost all of my life and is among the best in the business. He will finish his 46th season next month and bid farewell to the booth. That’s a lot of baseball, not to mention a ton of memories. I remember when I was young, I began listening to Reds...

Jamie Vaught: Latest Pete Rose book brings back pleasant memories of Roberto Clemente jersey

With another book about Pete Rose which came out earlier this month, it brought back a couple of old memories that I have with the former Cincinnati Reds star. One memory took place in 1968 when my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates and superstar Roberto Clemente visited the Reds for a weekend series at Crosley Field. Before going to the ballpark for Sunday’s game, my parents and I went for a breakfast at...

William Burton, 12, collapses on Grayson ball field; survives through family’s faith and Cinci Children’s

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Her oldest son was lifeless on a hospital gurney in the trauma room as doctors tried desperately to figure out how to save him. 
Amy Burton knew who was ultimately in charge. 
“It was chaos. So much was happening, and he was in bad shape. These medical professionals, who were fantastic and are great, had no idea what to do but Amy knew exactly,” said her pastor,...

Duvall Q&A highlights Diabetes Day at GABP; Reds outfielder diagnosed as Type 1 in 2012

During the 2016 baseball season, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was on deck at Busch Stadium in St. Louis when a fan from the stands started yelling at him. “Why do you have your cell phone in your back pocket?” the man shouted. Duvall calmly turned around and responded: “It’s an insulin pump. I’m diabetic.” Adam Duvall The following day, before Cincinnati’s next game against the Cardinals,...

Reds’ Duvall grew up with Type 1 Diabetes and learned to deal with it to play in the Majors

Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds left fielder, visited with patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Total Joint Center in Northern Kentucky this week. As a professional athlete, Duvall understands what it takes to be world class. Together with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Duvall is committed to the health and wellness of his fellow Kentuckians.

Billy Reed: Betting on baseball was one thing, but latest charges against Rose the final straw

Probably to my discredit, I always gave Pete Rose the benefit of the doubt. I believed him when he said he didn’t bet on baseball during his tenure as manager of the Cincinnati Reds (1984-89). I let it slide when he was accused of failing to inform the IRS about his income from autographs and memorabilia. Even after he finally came clean about his gambling, I continued to argue that he deserved to...

Jamie Vaught: With summer winding down, here are a few books to help keep the season going

This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books, beginning with several volumes on baseball, that you may enjoy this summer. • “The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record” by John Eisenberg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26) is basically a well-researched story about two baseball legends who held the incredible record for consecutive...

Billy Reed: For underachieving Reds, the (Bryan) Price just isn’t right — it’s time to make a move

When the Cincinnati Reds hired Bryan Price to replace the fired Dusty Baker as manager, I wrote that it was a mistake. It was a matter of hiring a good company man who came cheap and would take the hits as the franchise conducted a fire sale of high-priced talent. As the front office tore up the team and then began to rebuild, I felt the team still could be competitive with the right leadership. A...

Jamie Vaught: All-American infielder White fueling Wildcats’ surge to the top of NCAA baseball rankings

Evan White is one of the big reasons why Kentucky is a baseball powerhouse this spring, ranking among the Top 5 teams in the nation. The Wildcats are currently No. 4 in D1Baseball.com and No. 5 in USA Today Coaches Poll. NCAA’s RPI has UK higher at No. 3. With White – a preseason All-American who is one of the country’s top two-way players at first base — and his teammates sparking the...

Kentucky by Heart: Following the Reds through the years is more about family than baseball

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Note: This column originally appeared on March 29, 2016 It’s major league baseball time again, and as the Cincinnati Reds get their season underway, my thoughts drift to years past as a fan of the team while growing up about 25 miles from home field. I count over a half-century as being a Reds fan. Looking back at my staying power, the number of wins are only...

Billy Reed: It’s Opening Day, but do the people running the Reds have any idea what they’re doing?

It was way too cold for baseball and so the game was something to be endured more than enjoyed. But at least I can now point to exactly the moment when I first missed Brandon Phillips, the best fielding second baseman in Cincinnati Reds history. It was the top of the second inning, nobody out and a runner on first for the Louisville Bats, the Reds’ AAA franchise and opponent for this exhibition game....

Billy Reed: Special place in my heart for those who play baseball (my favorite) at a high level

This baseball season I’m going to closely follow the development of Amir Garrett of the Cincinnati Reds, a 6-foot-5 lefthander who has been slowly working his way up the minor-league chain. One reason is that the Reds have been my favorite team since the side-arming Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell was baffling National League hitters in the late 1940s and early ‘50s. But what really caught my attention...

Longtime Lexington Legends pitching coach, EKU star hurler Charley Taylor dies after cancer battle

Charley Taylor, who served as the Lexington Legends pitching coach for eight seasons, passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor, a resident of northern Kentucky, served as a coach in professional baseball for 31 years. He was the Legends pitching coach from 2001 through 2008. He also held the title in 2009, but did not work with the Legends that year due to his illness. ...

Reds trade Phillips to Atlanta for pitching prospects; team will pick up almost all of his 2017 salary

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams Sunday announced the acquisitions of LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 2B Brandon Phillips. “We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to our organization,” Williams said. “He excited our fan base and was an important part of several seasons of winning...

Billy Reed: A trip back to Cincinnati to see the Reds brings back fond memories of better times

CINCINNATI – I went to Great American Ballpark Wednesday for a matinee game between two of the worst teams in major-league baseball, the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. Before you ask, I have not lost my mind, even though it did get a bit warm in all that bright sunshine. I love baseball in the daytime. When I was kid and many games were still being played in the afternoon, I couldn’t imagine...

Billy Reed: Reds are a bad team going nowhere … and the players don’t seem to care all that much

When I started following the Cincinnati Reds in the early 1950s, Rogers Hornsby, known universally as the “Rajah” was the manager. One of the game’s greatest players, Hornsby didn’t smoke, drink, or play cards, but he did like to play the horses, which cost him a couple of managing jobs (sound familiar, Reds fans?) But his biggest flaw was that he had no patience with guys who didn’t play...

Keith Taylor: Dakari Johnson enjoying success in summer league; Duvall honored to be an All-Star

The NBA season has been over for more than two weeks but that doesn’t stop players from competing in the summer months. Two summer leagues began this week in Orlando and Utah, giving players an opportunity to earn roster spots and further develop their skills. Several former Kentucky standouts are playing in the two leagues, including Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles. Dakari Johnson is enjoying...