Loveland, Ohio – Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer George Foster has been named Grand Marshal of the City of Loveland’s Independence Day Celebration parade!

He will lead the parade on Thursday, July 4 at 7 PM, cruising in a 1959 Corvette convertible. We’re rooting for a shiny red Vette designed for convoy escort duty!

George Arthur Foster was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on December 1, 1948 and played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder from 1969-1986, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds with whom he won two World Series championships as part of the “Big Red Machine.” He is a five-time All Star, and he earned the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1977. In 2003, Foster was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

“Foster was one of the most feared right-handed sluggers of his era, leading the National League in home runs in 1977 and 1978, and in RBIs in 1976, 1977, and 1978. He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1977 and a Silver Slugger Award in 1981.” (Wikipedia)

On September 23, 1977 in the ninth inning of the Reds’ 5–1 victory over the Atlanta Braves, Foster hit his fiftieth home run of the season off Buzz Capra, making him the first player since Willie Mays in 1965 to hit fifty in a season.[20]


David and Cassie will be heading to the Historic District to bring you the Parade “Live” on our FaceBook channel.

Read on for all the July 4th event details and view entertainment map, shuttle, and parking suggestions…

Cassie Mattia will broadcast “live” from the 4th of July Parade

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