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Marty Brennaman, how you lookin' now?

Updated on August 3, 2012
Maybe a bald-headed Marty Brennaman can sport a wig similar to this hairstyle made fashionable during the Ice Age by the modern musk ox.
Maybe a bald-headed Marty Brennaman can sport a wig similar to this hairstyle made fashionable during the Ice Age by the modern musk ox.
This ancient trilobite at the Cincinnati Natural History Museum is recognized as an official State of Ohio fossil. It's older than Marty Brennaman but now has the same amount of hair.
This ancient trilobite at the Cincinnati Natural History Museum is recognized as an official State of Ohio fossil. It's older than Marty Brennaman but now has the same amount of hair.

Marty Brennaman, how you lookin' now?

by Robb Hoff

August 3, 2012

With the witching hour approaching for Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman to live up to his promise of having what's left of his hair shaved from head, the curiosity over just how a bald-headed Marty Brennaman will look reached a fevered pitch.

Brennaman has been around: he won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Brennaman has been the Reds play-by-play man since 1974. He has seen the Big Red Machine, the Little Red Caboose and now is watching a team choked by the lopsided economics of Major League Baseball try to force its way into the scene of elite teams.

So when Brennaman he would shave his head if the Reds won 10 straight games, the likelihood was that he placed a wager that he was extremely confident he would not lose.

But he did lose the wager and opted to keep his promise to have his head shaved if more than $20,000 was raised for the Reds Community Fund that helps ensure youth ballparks are established or improved.

For a Reds fan to talk about Marty is like a family member talking about their cousin or an uncle. He and his legendary broadcasting partner Joe Nuxhall were as famous a baseball radio duo as any ever for any big-league market served.

Nuxhall passed away five years ago but his words still ring true today with his reference of Brennaman as the "poofy-haired fancy boy".

No doubt Brennaman has prided himself for the shape and texture of his coif, which makes this wager even more unusual given the gulps it will have to take for Brennaman to follow through tonight after the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates square off tonight.

Brennaman just turned 70 years old and perhaps that may add a little insult to injury, now that he faces the age milestone with an altogether new and unexpected look -- even though much of his white hair had already escaped his head anyway.

So it is with all goodwill and good intentions -- I mean after all this is the same legend who autographed my copy of the 1975 vinyl tribute of the Big Red Machine World Series victory "And This One Belongs to The Reds" that Brennaman himself narrated -- that I offer a couple hair-brained comments for the occasion that are presented in the two captions of the accompanying photographs I took today in the natural history museum exhibition of the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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