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Cincinnati's Crosley Field: The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark
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Cincinnati's Crosley Field: The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark
John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt


    Crosley Field and another Rhodes-Erardi production, Big Red Dynasty, were honored among the top baseball books in the country by Spitball literary magazine and the Society for American Baseball Research. They also co-authored First Boys of Summer and Opening Day. Rhodes' other books are Redleg Journal, Reds in Black and White, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Highlights. Erardi's other book, Pete Rose: 4,192, sole 50,000 copies.

     Cincinnati's Crosley Field presents the field's history through text and more than 150 photographs. The Cincinnati Reds played at Crosley Field from 1912 through 1970, and the ballpark holds an iconic place in the city's history as well as throughout Reds Country. One of the most beloved ballparks in Major League history, Crosley Field played host to the first night game and the first of Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters, as well as four World Series and two All-Star games.

    From the outfield terrace to the "Moon Deck," from Lombardi's "snooze" to Big Klu's biceps, Blackwell's "whip" to Rose's belly-flop slides, the Redlegs to the Big Red Machine, Cincinnati's Crosley Field has them covered in words and pictures. Greg Rhodes and John Erardi also present the great Negro Leagues teams that played at Crosley, as well as the field's many colorful characters, such as longtime announcer Waite Hoyt and the top-hatted vendor known as Peanut Jim. In April 2009, the Reds' Hall of Fame and Museum opens this season's key exhibit, Crosley Field Remembered, and Cincinnati's Crosley Field will be sold at the team's gift shop as a souvenir.


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Lessons Learned
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Lessons Learned



Pete Strange, CEO of Messer, worked with Charlie Mechem to product this wise, witty chronicle of Mechem's life. Pete also wrote the Preface, which includes: "There are definite points of transformation in the life of a company; just as there are in our personal lives. Such occurred when Charlie Mechem joined the Messer board.

Charlie's attitude matters most. His willingness to be "completely there" when he engages with us; and his ability to cut through the background noise and amplify the issue that matters most has changed how we plan and act as leaders. Wisdom is too small a word to describe the contributions Charlie has made to Messer. We are proud to spotlight the sort of thinking that informs our board conversations with this straightforward, delightful volume."

The harsh reality of business leadership is that we get 30% of what we demand from others; 60% of what we teach to others; but we can get 100% of what we model for others. Charlie Mechem meets the test; he is the very model of leadership." The book also features an Introduction by the late Neil Armstrong with his last published piece. One of the highlights of "Lessons Learned" are the key business insights collected as how to succeed in business, the Charlie Mechem way. Across six decades of leading companies and motivating individuals, Charlie Mechem has always led with his heart. From very humble beginnings, his earnest efforts endeared him to thousands, from line workers to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and countless others in business, entertainment and sports. Charlie Mechem's interests and his background prepared him well for a broad career in law, business, pro sports, and as advisor to individuals and businesses. In this book, you will find many magical characters of Charlie Mechem's life...yours to enjoy and learn.

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Collective Fashion Wisdom: 90 Questions, 450 Answers, 5 Points of View
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Collective Fashion Wisdom: 90 Questions, 450 Answers, 5 Points of View



Collective Fashion Wisdom will help you simplify your life and amplify your style. Drawing together the insight and experience of five experts, what you hold in your hands their individual responses to the ninety most frequently-asked fashion questions.

The authors' answers are what makes this book so unique as their perspectives are gathered from across professional careers, genders, generations, and perhaps most importantly, personal styles. What makes each answer brilliant is how seamlessly they fit together to provide an invaluable, informed viewpoint on fashion and dressing.

Fashion is a powerful form of personal self-expression. When something is so personal, there cannot be a set of one-size-fits-all rules. Let these highly trained and highly regarded professionals, who take great joy and pride in style and fashion, guide you with their wisdom to a place where you feel confident about dressing in a way that's uniquely yourself.

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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
Gary Brackett


Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically on his jersey sleeve, Gary invites the reader inside the world of NFL football and the drama leading up to the biggest game day of the year. Along the way, Gary provides glimpses of real-life heroes, on and off the field, as he recounts the stories in this touching testament to the memory of his mom, dad, and brother.

Gary Brackett has overcome countless challenges in his football career and has triumphed over life's adversities. Focusing on the importance of a positive attitude, hard work, commitment to teammates, love of family, and faith, he shares his inspiring life story.

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Steerageway
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Steerageway



How Employee Owners Set Direction Amid the Currents of Change

Pete is Chairman of Messer, Inc., the parent company for Messer Financial Services and Messer Construction Co., a regional general contractor and construction manager. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Civil Engineering, he began his career with Messer as a co-op student. In 1989, he led negotiations resulting in the purchase of all outstanding Messer stock by management and employees.

Pete’s test for leadership is simple: If you think you are a leader, look behind you. If there is no one there, you’re just out for a stroll. Pete and his wife, Ginger, reside in Erlanger, Kentucky. Their greatest accomplishments are their children—Andrew, Carrie, and Matthew and their grandchildren—Sam, Josh, Lily, Charley, and Harrison.


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Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015
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Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015
Tenkotte, Claypool and Schroeder


This bicentennial history of Covington, Kentucky, presents an overview of an important gateway city. At times, this gateway has pointed in different directions, and, at other times, it has vacillated between innovation and complacency. Like other transitions or gateway regions, the residents of Covington have sought their fortunes with the prevailing winds of change. Initially, Covington served as a “Gateway to the West,” then as a “Gateway between the North and the South,” followed by a “Gateway to the North,” and most recently as a “Gateway to Progress.”

Gateway City studies the growth and development of a city within the context of national and regional events, particularly those affecting a border region. Lying on the southern shore of the Ohio River opposite Cincinnati, Ohio, Covington is part of a vibrant metropolitan region of 2.1 million people. With Cincinnati, it shares a common destiny as a transition area, a border region that has acted as a geological, climatological, historical, and cultural “gateway.”

In a 21st-century global economy, where cultures collide, connect and collaborate, the study of how historic border regions have functioned can inform modern decision-making. Border areas like Covington and Cincinnati have long struggled with—and turned to their advantage—the challenges and opportunities afforded by cultural, political, and economic differences. The resultant innovations have fueled their economic prosperity, as well as their cultural diversity.

With the exception of the US-Mexico border region, few transitional areas within the continental United States have been studied for their historical lessons. This book offers a glimpse of the historical themes underlying an interior border region, and one that was vitally important during the Civil War.

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