2015 Grand Marshal

The Findlay Market Association is the proud sponsor of the 96th Opening Day Parade, and with the cooperation of the Cincinnati Reds, is proud to announce:

2015 Findlay Market Parade Grand Marshals - The Nasty Boys

For Reds fans, 1990 is a year synonymous with success for Cincinnati baseball. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of that World Series championship season which featured one of the most dominant back-end bullpen groups of all time. This faction was none other than "The Nasty Boys," featuring Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. The three hurlers combined for 44 saves during the regular season that year and racked up 351 total strikeouts, almost all of which came in relief appearances. They were crucial components of the 1990 team that went wire-to-wire with 91 wins and swept the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the Fall Classic. After Dibble and Myers shared the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award in defeating the Pirates, the trio combined to pitch 8 2/3 innings in the World Series, allowing no runs and just six hits. The championship performance ensured the Nasty Boys would forever hold a special place in Reds lore.

Grand Marshal - Norm Charlton: He was first drafted by the Montreal Expos as the 28th pick in the 1st round of the 1984 amateur draft and was traded to the Reds in 1986 for Wayne Krenchicki. Charlton made his debut with the Reds on August 19, 1988 at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals.  He continued with the Reds through the 1992 season, when he became an All-Star. In the 1990 post season NLCS, he pitched in 4 games against the Pirates and winning the final game of the series, game 6. He also gave up no runs in game 2 of the World Series.  He spent one more year with the Reds, which was in 2000.  His final game was with the Seattle Mariners on October 7, 2001 with Chris Magruder being the last batter he faced, striking him out swinging. During his career (regular season), he pitched 899.1 innings in 605 games with a ERA of 3.71, 97 saves and 808 strikeouts.

Grand Marshal - Randy Myers: He was first drafted by the New York Mets as the 9th pick in the 1st round of the 1982 amateur draft. Prior to the 1990 season, Dibble was traded to the Reds, along with Kip Gross, for Don Brown and John Franco.  In 1990, he would get his first of four All-Star selections.  He continued with the Reds through the 1991 season. In the 1990 World Series, which the Reds swept, he pitched in 3 games and picked up the save in game 4.  He was also named 1990 NLCS MVP, along with Rob Dibble.  Myers led the NL in Saves three times, 1993, 1995 & 1997. During his career (regular season), he pitched 884.2 innings in 728 games with a ERA of 3.19, 347 saves and 884 strikeouts.

Grand Marshal - Rob Dibble:  He was first drafted by the Reds as the 20th pick in the 1st round of the 1983 amateur draft. Dibble made his debut with the Reds, pitching two perfect innings on June 29, 1988 at Riverfront Stadium against the Padres.  On June 4, 1989, Dibble had an immaculate inning, where he struck out three batters of the San Diego Padres on nine pitches.  He continued with the Reds through the 1993 season. He was a two time All-Star (1990 & 1991). In the 1990 World Series, which the Reds swept, he pitched in 3 games and picked up the win in game 2.  He was also named 1990 NLCS MVP, along with Randy Myers.  During his career (regular season), he pitched 477 innings in 385 games with a ERA of 2.98, 89 saves and 645 strikeouts.

Philip Paul with drum sticksPhilip Paul:  Drummer Philip Paul, the 2009 recipient of the Ohio Heritage Fellowship for Performing Arts, played on some of the greatest, most important records ever made including "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Wynonie Harris, "Fever" by Little Willie John, "Hideaway" by Freddie King and "The Twist" by Hank Ballard. All those records were recorded for the legendary Cincinnati record company, King Records, where Paul served as the in-house drummer from 1952 through 1964.  In addition to his extensive session work with King, Paul worked for years as one-third of the Roy Meriwether Trio, recording a pair of albums with Meriwether on Columbia. He also toured with jazz artists including Jimmy Smith, Nat Adderly and Herbie Mann and toured the U.S. and Canada with George Weins Newport Jazz All-Stars.  Philip Paul made his first album as a leader in 2003, the aptly named It's About Time. In 2002, he received a Lifetime CAMMY Award from the Cincinnati Enquirer for his contributions to the music and culture of Cincinnati.  He can be seen with the Philip Paul Trio at The Cricket Lounge in The Cincinnatian Hotel.

Bootsy Collins with bass guitarBootsy Collins: Bootsy (born William Collins, October 26, 1951, Cincinnati) is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. He formed his first group, the Pacesetters, in 1968, featuring Phelps "Catfish" Collins (his brother; guitar), Frankie "Kash" Waddy (drums), and Philippe Wynne (later of The Spinners fame). From 1969 to 1971, the group functioned as James Brown's backup band and was dubbed the J.B.'s. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. He launched Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff of P-Funk in 1976, the band including his brother Phelps, Waddy (drums), Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson (keyboards), Gary "Mudbone" Cooper (vocals), and Robert "P-Nut" Johnson (vocals), along with "the Horny Horns". (He was sometimes billed alone as Bootsy, and sometimes as William "Bootsy" Collins.) Bootsy is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also a Grammy Award Winner.  Bootsy still resides in Cincinnati and continues to work in the community including preserving the legacy of the King Records Building. 

Anthony MunozAnthony Muñoz: First-round draft pick by Cincinnati Bengals and third overall pick in 1980, Anthony played 11 years in the NFL and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1998.  He was named NFL’s Man of the Year in 1991, and his career as an All-Pro lineman earned him membership on the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994.  In 2010, he was ranked No. 12 on the NFL Network's Top 100 players list and was the highest-ranked offensive lineman.  In 2002, Anthony created the non-profit Anthony Muñoz Foundation, which works with Greater Cincinnati youth impacting them mentally, physically and spiritually.  Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $11 million for youth programs.

Anthony and his wife Dede have two children, Michael (wife, Emily) and Michelle (husband, Luke Trenz), and 8 grandchildren, all living in the Cincinnati area.  He is a true family man, who also stays active in the community, sharing his persistent message to overcome adversity and give back.  The former Cincinnati Bengals star has logged two decades of high-profile charitable work and youth advocacy since retiring from the game in 1992.  A true hometown hero, Anthony continues to give his time and dedication to serving the youth of Greater Cincinnati.  For more information, visit the Anthony Muñoz Foundation's website: www.munozfoundation.org.

Reds Rally PackWatch for The Scott's Reds Rally Pack and The Reds Mascots: Gapper, Rosie Red, Mr. Red and Mr. Redlegs! The Scott's Reds Rally Pack has participated in the Opening Day Parade for the last 13 years.  At Great American Ball Park they are responsible for spreading joy, and free tee shirts, to fans throughout the season.