Freaking Out About Cincinnati’s Opening Day with Randy Freking

Freaking Out About Cincinnati’s Opening Day with Randy Freking

Welcome to Freaking Out About Cincinnati’s Opening Day with Randy Freking, the podcast about the history and celebrations of Cincinnati’s most revered non-religious holiday, although some may debate that qualifier. Cincinnatians have been celebrating the Opening Day of Cincinnati Reds baseball since 1869, so we have a lot to cover!... Show More

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In this episode, the Hall of Famed joins us for a wide ranging discussion about Opening Day, his career, and other fun and games! Your host, Randy Freking, is the author of “Cincinnati's 150-Year Opening Day History: The Hoopla Started with a Parade” and co-author of “@Titanicstruggle: The Best of MARTY BRENNAMAN” Get your copies at openingdaybook.com and BestofMarty.com
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March 14, 2020 56 min
In this episode, we will relive some of the many interesting years in Opening Day History, from the 1869 Opener, to Tally Ho Parties, to World War II, the assassination of MLK, and the Opening of the Banks development on the riverfront! Your host, Randy Freking, is the author of Cincinnati's 150-Year Opening Day History: The Hoopla Started with a Parade.  Get your copy at openingdaybook.com.
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In this episode, renowned writer John Erardi and I will discuss the one person credited with the explosion of the pageantry and hoopla on Opening Day in Cincinnati - Frank Bancroft - and we will advocate for his induction into the Reds Hall of Fame! We will also review the role of women in the growth of the holiday, particularly the Rosie Reds and Marge Schott. Your host, Randy Freking, is the author of Cincinnati's 150-Year Op...
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In this episode, Howard Wilkinson joins the discussion as another special guest. Howard and I will explore the myths surrounding our holiday: why does Cincinnati have the privilege of hosting the season opener? (It’s not because of the 1869 Red Stockings.) Are we always the first game of the season? (No, and that is not a recent phenomenon.) Have the Reds always been scheduled to open at home? (No) Did anyone ever issue an edict, (...
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In this episode, we will have Greg Rhodes as our special guest and discuss the firsts and some of the other special celebrations that have occurred over the last 150’years!!! Your host, Randy Freking, is the author of Cincinnati's 150-Year Opening Day History: The Hoopla Started with a Parade.  Get your copy at openingdaybook.com.
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In this episode, I give a broad overview of why the holiday is so important to our town. I will illustrate how the holiday has remained amazingly similar over 150 years, and why that is so true. We will then focus on what I call historical markers, or checkpoints, and notable individuals who have themselves become markers. Thanks for stopping by and join us for the next episode! Your host, Randy Freking, is the author of Cincinnati...
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