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Hubert “Big Daddy” Wooten
Hubert “Big Daddy” Wooten
Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:27 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, when he played with the Indianapolis Clowns back in the 1960s, Hubert “Big Daddy” Wooten wasn’t a big man by any means – he stands just 5-foot-8 (“maybe 5-foot-8 1/2,” he laughs). But there wasn’t a ballpark that could hold him if he got into a pitch.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:27 AM
    Ladies and gentlemen, when he played with the Indianapolis Clowns back in the 1960s, Hubert “Big Daddy” Wooten wasn’t a big man by any means – he stands just 5-foot-8 (“maybe 5-foot-8 1/2,” he laughs). But there wasn’t a ballpark that could hold him if he got into a pitch.
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  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:34 PM
    Ladies and gentlemen, nearly three quarters of a century ago, Cincinnati had a pair of professional baseball teams. Of course, there were the Reds, but some might not realize there was another ball club called the Clowns. The Clowns had built a following as one of baseball’s favorite entertainment attractions during the 1930s.
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  • Boys of summers past: King of Diamonds, Part 4
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6:12 PM
    Fidel Castro was Cuba’s prime minister, and the Red Wings were going to play a game against the University of Havana, just as Clyde King and the Dodgers did during spring training in 1947. King told me he was the team’s pitcher that afternoon in ’47 and posted the win as the Dodgers beat the Havana team. “Can you believe that?” King laughed. “I beat Fidel Castro.”
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:59 PM
    During an era where starting pitchers saw it as a weakness not to finish ballgames, the late Clyde King was one of the relief pitchers who began to revolutionize the game of baseball. I asked Mr. King more than a decade ago if he considered himself a pioneer of sorts. He shook his head and said he played with a real pioneer – the late Jackie Robinson.
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  • Boys of summers past: The King of Diamonds, Part II
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:43 PM
    How great would it have been to have stood on the pitcher’s mound, ball in hand, or in the batter’s box in Crosley Field, or Ebbets Field, or Forbes Field, or the Polo Grounds, or Sportsman’s Park in the 1940s and 1950s? Clyde King got to see all of those places – and many more – during his six-plus decades in baseball.
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  • Boys of summers past: The King of Diamonds
    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:09 AM
    The baseball was a rock, some twine and black tar tape. Their bat came from a tree limb. The ball glove came from an old leather sofa the boys found sitting by the side of the road. “We got my mother’s scissors that she sewed with and cut some of that leather out. We put some padding in there, I remember it was cotton, and she sewed it up for us and we had gloves.” – Clyde King
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  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:36 AM
    When it comes to cemeteries and monuments, I’ve seen many headstones that have weathered and deteriorated with time, to the point where the names of those in their final resting places have faded away or the stones have crumbled and collapsed. They don’t need detestable jackasses speeding up the process.
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:58 AM
    Here is the most important question: If the department is called Rehabilitation and Correction, if it is proven Golsby committed these heinous crimes less than three months after being released, where, pray tell, was the “rehabilitation?”
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  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 5:24 AM
    Today, I still prefer the old songs, from Buddy Holly, to The Beatles, to The Beach Boys, to The Statler Brothers, to the crooners like Frank, Dean and Bing, to the doo-wop groups and so on and so forth.
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  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 2:24 PM
    Ladies and gentlemen, a biting breeze blows as the sun sinks from sight on an overcast, wintry day. It is quiet and tranquil in the old Strange Cemetery near Fairview as red-yellow hues paint the western sky.
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