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The Local Boys
Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds
Foreword by Chris Welsh
Though one of the smaller markets in Major League Baseball, Cincinnati has produced far more than its share of professional baseball players and many have played, at some point in their careers, for the hometown team. And hometown fans worshiped them. Though nearly 3 million people live in the area, the city retains a certain small-town sense of self. And it holds no one in higher regard than a local boy in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. No dream is better understood — or held in such esteem — as hoping to play for the Reds. For proof, note the 50-foot-high bas-relief sculpture on the wall at the entrance to Great American Ball Park. In it, a Cincinnati boy envisions himself among the clouds—playing ball with the Reds he idolizes.
tells the story of the men who achieved the dream. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, from Charlie “Bushel Basket” Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. They’re all here. Alongside big-name stars like Dave Parker and Buddy Bell, fans will find Eddie Hunter, who played only one inning in 1933, never got to bat and never fielded a ball. Every player receives a one- or two-page profile, many of which are based on original interviews with the player or surviving family members. The profile goes beyond statistics; it brings the player to life through stories that have never been told in print before.
About Joe Heffron and Jack Heffron
A long-time umpire,
has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Cincinnati Reds. An SPJA award winner for sports writing,
has edited many books on baseball and other sports. Both live in Cincinnati.
is in his 22nd season as Cincinnati Reds color analyst on Fox Sports Ohio. A former major league pitcher born and raised in Greater Cincinnati, he now lives in Walton, KY.
Joe Heffron and Jack Heffron
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