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The Local Boys by Joe and Jack Heffron tells the stories of men who achieved the boyhood dream of playing for the hometown team. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, they’re all here, including Charlie Bushel Basket” Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Alongside big-name stars like Dave Parker and Buddy Bell, fans will find those like 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 players or surviving family members. Going beyond statistics, each profile brings the player to life through stories that have never before been told in print. An indispensible look at Cincinnati baseball history, The Local Boys makes an ideal gift for any Reds fan.
A long-time umpire, Joe Heffron has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Cincinnati Reds. An SPJA award winner for sports writing, Jack Heffron has edited many books on baseball and other sports. Both live in Cincinnati. Chris Welsh 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.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by Chris Welsh
A Brief History of Local Reds
Ethan Allen Linwood King” Bailey Clarence Kid” Baldwin Skeeter Barnes Bob Barton Jim Beckman Buddy Bell Mike Bell Larry Benton Todd Benzinger Jim Blackburn Jim Bolger Amos Booth John Honest Jack” Boyle Cornelius Neal” Brady Jim Brosnan Mike Burke Jack Bushelman Charlie Case Bob Clark Billy Clingman Pierce Percy” Coleman Lorenzo Ren” Deagle Charles Dory” Dean John Dolan Charles Red” Dooin Bill Doran Leon Durham Norman Kid” Elberfeld Buck Ewing Maury Fisher Cornelius Flynn Hank Gastright Bob Geary Charles Gould Ken Griffey Jr. Emil Haberer John Chink” Heileman Christian Crese” Heisman Bill Hobbs George Hogriever Thomas Howard Miller Huggins Rudy Hulswitt Eddie Hunter Bill Irwin Stuart Larry” Jacobus Scott Klingenbeck Ralph Kraus Brian Koelling Al Moose” Lakeman Barry Larkin Stephen Larkin Mark Lewis Larry Luebbers Louis Red” Lutz Lee Magee Charles Lefty” Marr Billy McCool George Miller Robert Mitchell Dick Murphy Dan Neville Al Niehaus Chris Nichting Jack Niemes Joe Nuxhall Ron Oester Claude Osteen Dave Parker George Pechiney James (Icicle) Reeder Long John Reilly Pete Rose Pete Rose Jr. Jeff Russell Admiral Schlei Gene Schott Dick Scott Scott Service Chris Sexton Gus Shallix Jimmy Sherlin Eddie Sicking John (Chick) Smith Joe Sommer Clarence Stephens Jake Stenzel Ricky Stone Jack Sutthoff Len Swormstedt Jesse Tannehill Kent Tekulve Eddie Tiemeyer Harry (Farmer) Vaughn Clyde Vollmer Herm Wehmeier John (Podge) Weihe Chris Welsh Bill Whitrock Wild Bill Widner Dale Williams Orville Woodruff Don Zimmer