Zack Cozart made an apperance at Sports Gallery in West Chester last night, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. I stopped in at the event last night to get my Louisville slugger signed, chat with Zack and get a photo or two taken. As always, Zack was personable and super-accommodating. Thanks to the staff at Sports Gallery for running another great event.
Check out video and more from West Chester Buzz/Cincinnati.Com including an interview with Zack talking about Opening Day, Ryan Ludwick’s injury and expectations for this season.
Homer Bailey was also scheduled to appear last night, but was unable to attend due to flu-like symptoms. He has re-scheduled his appearance at Sports Gallery for Thursday, May 9th. More details to come.
Zack Cozart model Louisville Slugger bat signed by Zack.
I’m really enjoying this “Remember Crosley” series on Cincinnati.Com. The video posted above features Enquirer Reporter Howard Wilkinson and Reds Historian Greg Rhodes sharing their memories of Crosley on current-day location of the Crosley Field site.
2012 is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Redland Field. Redland was renamed Crosley Field in 1934.
As someone that was born years after Crosley Field yielded to the wrecking ball, I’m fascinated by its history and enjoy hearing stories of those who had been there. Speaking of, Cincinnati.Com also has a great list of reader-submitted Crosley Field memories. They’re personal, emotional, detailed and wonderful. I’m sure decades from now, many of us will be sharing our memories of GABP after it’s replaced by something better – whatever that may be. As much as I yearn to live in the past for just a few hours, I would love to see what we have coming in a few years. Can’t wait.
One more thing – They also produced a 3-D fly-through model of Crosely that is narrated by Rhodes and the Enquirer’s John Erardi.
Tom Seaver and Pete Rose on the Mike Douglas Show, 1977
Talk-show host Mike Douglas interviews All-Star baseball players Pete Rose and Tom Seaver of the world-champion Cincinnati Reds on July 20th, 1977 (the show was broadcast one week later on July 27th).
This is one of helluva episode. Not only do Rose and Seaver appear on the show, but Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are on the show promoting Star Wars. Epic.
There are four parts to the episode that originally aired on July 27, 1977, but we’ll embed just the parts that feature Rose and Seaver – 3 & 4. To check out all 4 parts, click here.
Tell you what, I always enjoy hearing Pete talk about baseball. Whatever about the rest of his thing, but when he talks about baseball, I’m down.
It’s almost bizarre to hear Rose and Seaver about a few particular things like, explaining free agency, Seaver’s trade from the Mets, Tony Perez being traded from the Reds to the Expos and Rose’s burgeoning career in endorsements and TV commercials. Of course, Mike Douglas tests Rose and Seaver at the end of the second segment to see if they are skilled product pitchmen.
We ran across Zach Anderson’s baseball blog, Big Red Smokey, and we’re diggin’ it. One of the posts we loved included a video of the 1960 TV series, “Home Run Derby,” pitting the Reds’ Frank Robinson against Bob Cerv who was with the Kansas City Athletics at the time. The episode originally aired on April 30, 1960. We had to make sure the OMG readers saw it too.
Home Run Derby is a 1960 television show that was held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles putting the top sluggers of Major League Baseball against each other in nine-inning home run contests. The show was produced and hosted by actor/broadcaster Mark Scott and distributed by Ziv Television Programs.
The series aired in syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960 and helped inspire the Home Run Derby event that is now held the day before the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ESPN staged a revival of the show in 2003.
Considering that anyone who leads the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is never actually good* at the Chicken Dance, we’ll give Little Joe a C+ grade on this one. He started off strong, but trailed off towards the end. Can you blame him? The Chicken Dance is two minutes too long anyways.
*The one exception would likely be “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Whoa, this is phenomenal. Check out the 8mm footage of Tom Seaver’s return to Shea Stadium in 1977 – as a Cincinnati Red.
From the YouTube description:
This is a Super 8mm movie shot and edited by me of Tom Seaver’s return to Shea Stadium after the trade which sent him to the Cincinnati Reds in June, 1977. It has been seen by very few people since then.
The film includes general scenes of Shea Stadium before and during the game, and shots of Mets players Jerry Koosman (36) , Ed Kranepool (7), John Stearns (12), Steve Henderson – who was acquired in the Seaver trade (5), and Manager Joe Torre (9). Reds in the film include Manager Sparky Anderson (10), Johnny Bench (5), Dan Driessen (22), and Pete Rose (14). Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson can be seen doing the pre-game show from the WOR-TV booth. Karl Ehrhardt, the popular “Sign Man” who was a fixture at Mets games in the ’60s and ’70s is in his regular spot on the third base line.
Seaver pitched a complete game, defeating Koosman and the Mets 5-1. The boxscore and game summary can be seen at: Baseball-Reference.
My mother and father also appear in film. She was so upset by the trade that she refused to wear a Mets cap, and insisted that my father buy her a souvenir Reds batting helmet before the game. It’s nice to see them both looking so young and healthy!
Sorry for the poor video quality. The film itself is clear, sharp and vibrant. I am going to look into having it professionally transferred to video sometime soon. As these pictures were shot on Super 8mm film, there is no sound.
The fact that the poster’s mother insisted that she wear a Cincinnati Reds souvenir helmet is epic. Go Mom!