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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...

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...

Billy Reed: Imagining a Kentucky where Bevin decided to use governing style to ‘help’ our sports

Editor’s note: The following is a figment of the writer’s imagination. However, considering what’s happening these days in politics and government, who’s to say it couldn’t happen? FRANKFORT – In a surprise press conference, Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he has signed an executive order legalizing gambling on pro and college games in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties. “I fully expect...

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...

Rosy weekend: Cincinnati retires Pete Rose’s uniform to conclude induction into Reds Hall of Fame

By Alyson Footer Cincinnati Reds Communications A weekend-long celebration of Pete Rose concluded with the official retiring of his uniform No. 14, unveiled at the end of a 30-minute ceremony on the field Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Rose, honored along with the 1976 Reds on Friday and inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame Saturday, was showered with several ovations from a packed ballpark...

Billy Reed: As Reds induct Pete Rose into their Hall of Fame, may he fully appreciate the moment

Pete Rose signs autographs at Florence Freedom last season (Photo by Mark Hansel I am delighted that the Cincinnati Reds will retire Pete Rose’s No. 14 and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame Sunday at Great American Ball Park. It this is as good as it gets for Rose – if he never gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. – it’s still should be more than enough...

Jamie Vaught: Baseball fans will find lots to like at Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

If you are a baseball fan, you certainly will enjoy a popular attraction at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.             The colorful (and fun) place to visit is the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, which is filled with rare artifacts and memorabilia going all the way back to the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional team in baseball.  The HOF and Museum...

Keith Taylor: Cincy does right thing by inducting Pete Rose into Reds Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball struck out when commissioner Rob Manfred denied an appeal by Pete Rose to be reinstated into baseball last month. Rose, banned for life in 1989 for violating the league’s code against gambling, spent more than two decades away from the sport that made him famous. Over the course of time, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and confessing to the sins that have never been...

Pete Rose to be inducted into Reds Hall of Fame; No. 14 jersey to be retired during June ceremony

The day Reds fans on both sides of the river have long awaited is here. Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and his number 14 jersey retired during 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 24-26, 2016. Rose was selected as the sole inductee for the class of 2016 by the Reds Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Pete Rose was selected as the sole inductee for...

Billy Reed: Baseball looks like a hypocrite and a bully, kicking its Charley Hustle into martrydom

Pete Rose at Florence Freedom this summer. (Photo by Mark Hansel, NKyTribune) So now it looks as if Peter Edward Rose finally has tapped out. The commissioner of baseball recently announced that after reviewing Rose’s case yet again, he will not rescind the lifetime ban that Rose received in 1989 for gambling on games as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The case seems to be closed. Rose has run out...

Sports Notes: Barnhart says not every Cat fan thrilled about big Thursday night home game

UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said Mark Stoops is less focused on bowl games and more on competing for championships (UK Athletics Photo/Chet White)   Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart took a turn at the podium at the beginning of last week’s Football Media Day and although his remarks were overshadowed somewhat by those of head coach Mark Stoops and the players, he made...

Billy Reed: With old-fashioned pennant race looming, baseball season is just getting good

With a tip of the cap to teams based in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, it’s time everybody recognized that the spine of Baseball America is the string of old steamboat cities connected by a river and a remarkably similar cultural heritage. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis all are home to large Catholic populations, the descendants of beer-quaffing German immigrants, and...

Don McNay: Father’s Day is also time to honor women playing mother-father roles

“Dear old Daddy, rest his soul Left my mom a heavy load She tried so very hard to fill his shoes Working hours without rest Wanted me to have the best”   Merle Haggard   A couple of years ago, Louisville political activist Mary John Celletti posted on her Facebook page that she got a Father’s Day present from her son Patrick.   He said she had been the mother and father...

Don McNay: Father's Day is also time to honor women playing mother-father roles

“Dear old Daddy, rest his soul Left my mom a heavy load She tried so very hard to fill his shoes Working hours without rest Wanted me to have the best”   Merle Haggard   A couple of years ago, Louisville political activist Mary John Celletti posted on her Facebook page that she got a Father’s Day present from her son Patrick.   He said she had been the mother and father...

Don McNay: A tribute to my streetwise
dad on the 20th anniversary of his death

It’s the 20th anniversary of my father’s death. This is my tribute to him.   A well-connected friend in New Orleans took me to the critically acclaimed Galatoires restaurant. A fine dining experience at one of the top restaurants in the United States.   My friend has a business relationship with the restaurant and knew everyone there. He asked for John, an entertaining, 40-year-old,...