Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall Of Fame Banquet Set For January 28th At Radisson Hotel; Fox Sports Ohio’s Jeff Piecoro To MC

The Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions will take place Sunday, January 28th. Seven new Hall of Famers will be honored.


This year’s banquet will once again be held at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Ky. Inductees will be Jim Freeze in the Sponsor Category, David Maury in the Special Service Category, Johnny Miller in the Male Player Category, Micki O’Donnell and Steve Rogers in the Senior Player Category, Carole Replogle in the Female Player Category, and Wayne Rust (posthumously) in the Umpire Category.


The seven new inductees will bring the local Hall of Fame membership to 189.


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


The ceremony this winter will mark the 13th 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,” says Taylor.


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 22nd season with Fox Sports Ohio and 20th season as host of the EMMY award winning Reds Live. He also hosts Bengals Spotlight and Reds Classic Rewind.


The 29-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 18 Kentucky Derby’s and a dozen Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. He has also worked with the Mid-American Conference, the Atlantic 10, and the Big East as play-by-play announcer and 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, 25, Olivia, 20, and Ali, 14.


Tickets are $40 each and are available at Expressway Park, Mid-America Ballyard, and River City East, and also online at  Tickets are not sold at the event and should be purchased by Monday, January 22nd if possible. After January 22nd, call Mark Linnemann at 859-991-3860.


Expressway Park is located at 689 Rt. 50 in Milford. Call 513-831-2273 or 513-515-2403. Mid-America Ballyard is located at 6960 Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Call 513-610-6885. River City East is at 5993 Linneman St. in Cincinnati. Call 812-655-0635.


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, Nikki Ciminowasielewski, Jan Deters, Mark Linnemann, Robert Mahaffey, Dave Maury, Bob Owens, Todd Sledge, Tom Taylor and Brian Wegman.



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