Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall Of Fame Banquet Set For January 31st At Radisson Hotel; Fox Sports Ohio’s Jeff Piecoro To MC

The Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame 2016 Inductions will take place Sunday, January 31st,  2016. Six new Hall of Famers will be inducted.


This year’s banquet will once again be held at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Ky. Inductees will be Jon Jamison and Tim Cocco in the Male Player Category,  Amy Flaugher in the Female Player Category, Jack Hatter in the Senior Player Category, Bob Shad in the Sponsor Category, and Eron “Big E” Smith in the Manager/Coach Category.


The six new inductees will bring the local Hall of Fame membership to 176.


Jeff Piecoro of Fox Sports Ohio and Reds Live will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the fourth consecutive year.

Jeff Piecoro of Fox Sports Ohio and host of the EMMY award-winning Reds Live served as Master of Ceremonies for the banquet. Photo by Jan Deters.

Jeff Piecoro of Fox Sports Ohio and host of the EMMY award-winning Reds Live served will serve as  Master of Ceremonies for the banquet. Photo by Jan Deters.

The ceremony this winter will mark the eleventh year that the induction ceremony has been held at the Radisson.

Norwood Sorrento’s Softball Hall of Fame Committee member Tom Taylor calls the Radisson Hotel in Covington a “Northern Kentucky landmark of luxury.”

“Guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet softball’s greats of past and present in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at a cocktail party preceding the ceremonies.”


The committee will once again conduct the banquet as an afternoon affair, with a cocktail hour getting underway at 1 PM, and dinner at 2 PM.


Jeff Piecoro is entering his 19th season with Fox Sports Ohio and 18th season as host of the EMMY award winning Reds Live. He hosts Bengals Spotlight and Reds Classic Rewind.


The 26-year broadcast veteran started his career in Lexington, Kentucky where he worked at WTVQ- TV, the ABC affiliate, and WLEX- TV, the NBC affiliate, as weekend sports anchor and sports reporter. Jeff has covered 15 Kentucky Derby’s and nine Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. He has also worked with the Mid-American Conference as play-by-play as well as served as color commentator for Men’s Football and Basketball.


The 1985 graduate of The University of Kentucky played wide receiver at his alma mater for five seasons, 1980-1984. He is currently the color analyst for the University of Kentucky radio network.


Jeff resides in Villa Hills, Kentucky with his wife, Cindy, and children, Nick, 22, Olivia, 17, and Ali, 11.


Tickets are $40 and available from the Norwood Sorrento’s and Expressway Park locations.  Tickets are not sold at the event.


Norwood Sorrento’s is at 5143 Montgomery Road in Norwood (531-5070). Hours are Monday through Friday from 12 PM to 2 PM and from 4 PM to 10 PM, and from 12 PM to 10 PM on Saturday and Sunday.


Expressway Park in at 689 Rt. 50 in Milford (831-2273), and the office is open from 10:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday through Friday.


Originally known as the “Hudepohl Softball Hall of Fame,” the Norwood Sorrento’s Softball Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1985 as part of Cincinnati’s Hudepohl Brewing Company’s 100th anniversary. It is under the direction of a committee of longtime softball players, managers, fans, sponsors, umpires and administrators. Committee members include Myra Burwell, Ralph DeLuca, Jan Deters, Bob Fennell, Mark Linnemann, Dave Maury, Bob Owens, Tom Taylor (new members added beginning 2016, Brian Wegman, Robert Mahaffey, and Todd Sledge).




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