Friday, February 8 2013 3:40 AM EST2013-02-08 08:40:23 GMT
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is known for many things, not the least of which is the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife. However, the popular attraction is also known for its iconicFull Story >
Jeff Creighton takes us inside the history of the architecture and exhibits of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.Full Story >
Thursday, February 7 2013 8:47 AM EST2013-02-07 13:47:35 GMT
150 years ago President Lincoln first drafted the Emancipation Proclamation but just days before that, local black soldiers were already fighting for the Queen City. Cincinnati may not stand today ifFull Story >
150 years ago President Lincoln first drafted the Emancipation Proclamation but just days before that, local black soldiers were already fighting for the Queen City.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:18:27 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
It was just before 3 a.m. when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley and West Elder near Findlay Market. Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:13:24 GMT
Today members of the Colerain Township police and fire departments, along with representatives from each branch of the armed services, will be in attendance for the dedication of the Colerain TownshipFull Story >
The memorial is intended to honor the men and women of Colerain Township who have given their lives in the line of duty. Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Wright Brothers are a major icon in the Queen City and we're not talking about Orville and Wilber.
We're talking about Harry and George Wright.
After the Civil War, dozens of baseball clubs started up all over the country, including in Cincinnati.
"This is where professional baseball started, this is the legacy of the professional game here in Cincinnati," said Greg Rhodes, team historian for the Cincinnati Reds. "It's one of the reasons why we have this Hall of Fame and it's one of the reasons why Cincinnati has always appreciated the baseball history...all due to the 1869 Red Stockings."
At the time, ball players were not legally paid to play but when it became legal in 1869, Harry Wright, manager for the Red Stockings baseball club, searched high and low for the best talent.
"The guarantee of a salary attracted players from all over the country to Cincinnati so Harry was able to attract some of the best players including, and most importantly, his younger brother George."
George Wright was ten years younger than Harry, dubbed the best player in the country with both his shortstop and batting talents.
With Harry and George leading the way, the first professional baseball team was formed.
Players for the Cincinnati Red Stockings averaged a yearly salary of $2,000. This may not sound like much today, but in the beginnings of baseball, it was a pretty penny for one to take home.
"A typical construction worker made about $600 a year, a school principal would make a couple thousand per year," said Rhodes. "The Mayor of Cincinnati made $4,000 a year so actually the Mayor was making twice as much as the starting baseball players."
The Red Stockings dazzled fans by winning every home and away game during the 1869 season. Home games were played in a small wooden ballpark called Union Grounds, located where Union Terminal is today
"They became a national sensation because they beat all the teams in NYC, all the teams in Philly and all the teams in D.C."
From the east cost to the west coast, the Red Stockings helped popularize the new sport.
"[They] helped spread the gospel of baseball, no doubt making it a national past time."
After the season's end, the Red Stockings returned home to Cincinnati, receiving a hero's welcome for their undefeated season.
The following year, Harry and George moved to Boston and played for the Boston Red Stockings but thanks to the brother duo and the Red Stockings team, Cincinnati will forever be known as the birthplace of professional baseball.
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Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:32:20 GMT
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill. On May 14, officers responded to the 500 block of Elberon Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Upon arrival, police located ScottFull Story >
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:47:43 GMT
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases. The suspension marks the second time the high court has suspendedFull Story >
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013Full Story >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.Full Story >
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