Local Sports Stars to be Honored at Behringer-Crawford
Northern Kentucky Sports Legends Exhibit opens February 16
Have you ever seen a uniform from the professional All-American Girls Baseball League? Did you even know an All-American Girls Baseball League existed?
It did and it included players from Northern Kentucky such as Covington's own Pat Scott, whose pitching career was memorialized in the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” with Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. A replica of her 1950s-era baseball jersey, sewn by Scott herself, is just among the many one-of-a-kind sports artifacts which will be displayed in a new Northern Kentucky Sports Legends exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum.
Featuring a wide array of local sports memorabilia belonging to some of the 1,400 Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inductees, the exhibit will give the public a chance to admire and appreciate the rich athletic history of the region.
The exhibit opening will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16. At 11:30 a.m., Chuck Kyle will speak. Kyle was named All-American in football and diving while at Highlands High School, and played with the Purdue University 1967 Rose Bowl championship team as well as the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. The opening will also include a banner-signing by all attending Hall of Fame inductees and a free JTM Barbecue lunch for attendees.
The exhibit, which marks the 36th anniversary of the NKY Sports Hall of Fame, will highlight major themes in Northern Kentucky sports, including the inherent passion for horseracing and spring sports as well as family legacies and athlete-innovators from across the region. Visitors will see relics from the historic Latonia Race Track and personal memorabilia from Triple Crown winner Steve Cauthen, a Covington native and possibly the most well-known jockey of all time. Also on display will be mementos pertaining to those who brought about positive change for marginalized groups like women and the disabled in sports.
From bats and basketballs to paintings and photos, BCM’s Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame exhibit will have something to pique any sports-related interest. The exhibit will be on display through May 12, 2019 and is included with museum admission.
In conjunction with the exhibit, BCM’s Brown Bag Luncheon on Thursday, February 21 will feature NKY Sports Hall of Famer Dick Maile. A Covington Catholic High School graduate, Maile played basketball for Louisiana State University and the Cincinnati Royals before serving as head coach at Beechwood and Covington Catholic high schools.
1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Exihibit
In 1919, the Cincinnati Reds won the world championship, a victory that was marred by a betting scandal involving their opponents, the Chicago White Sox, who were accused of intentionally losing to the Reds in exchange for a payoff from a gambling syndicate. The so-called "Black Sox" scandal rocked Major League baseball and led to the appointment of the sport's first commissioner.
A new exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the champion Reds on the eve of the 100th anniversary of their win. The exhibit, loaned by a private collector, includes authenticated player postcards of the full 1919 Reds team from when they won the National League pennant, plus autographs, World Series souvenir programs, scorecards, newspapers and more. One section of the exhibit addresses the controversy surrounding the "Black Sox" episode, which led to the expulsion of eight White Sox players and was the basis for the1980s feature film, Eight Men Out.
The exhibit, which is included with museum admission, will be on display through the opening day of the 2019 baseball season.
John Kunkel's 1971 winner, "Shinkel Houses on Riverside"
For children growing up in the early 1900s, Seckatary Hawkins was the main character in a series of beloved books, newspaper serials and radio shows written by Covington, KY author Robert F. Schulkers. His stories, which stressed such values as loyalty, honesty, friendship and patriotism, led to the birth of the Fair & Square Clubs of Seckatary Hawkins in 1923, with the motto “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”
Nearly a century later the clubs still endure at Behringer-Crawford Museum. The museum’s collections include a selection of Seck Hawkins memorabelia, including books, statuettes, comic strips, pennants. . . even a Seckatary Hawkins board game. A display case in the Rivers Gallery holds some of the collections along with a model of the Fair & Square Club’s fictional clubhouse
The Fair & Square Club exists on the internet and holds meetings every two years in Covington. Membership is free. To learn more or to join, visit www.seckatary.com.