What's Buzzing:

Big League Stew

Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman has head shaved, raises over $50,000 for charity

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

View photo

.

(Getty)

When longtime Cincinnati Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman told bench coach Chris Speier he'd shave his head if they achieved a 10-game winning streak this season, he obviously didn't believe he'd have to back it up. But, sure enough, the Reds started warming up immediately after the All-Star break — even without superstar Joey Votto — and reached the threshold with their 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies last Sunday, forcing the 70-year-old Hall of Famer to follow through on his word.

But here's where it gets pretty cool. Not only did Brennaman part with his precious hair on Friday night, he upped the ante as the week progressed, challenging fans to donate $20,000 to the Reds Community Fund if they wanted to see the haircut take place on the field. Reds fans responded in a big way, raising over $50,000 for the charity, and so the shaving took place on the field immediately following Cincinnati's 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Here's some video of the postgame ceremony, which includes Brennaman being presented a cake for his 70th birthday that took place last weekend, as well as a presentation to the Reds Community Fund. The haircut itself begins around the 8-minute mark.

A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

Brennaman obviously handled the entire situation with total class, but still, parting with one's hair, especially at his age, was not an easy thing to come to terms with.

From MLB.com:

"I think anybody who knows me knows there have been times when I've opened my mouth and inserted my foot, and this was another one of those occasions," Brennaman said. "I can tell you without fear of argument that there is no man on earth who has had a more passionate love affair with his hair than I have."

But all's well that ends with a worthy charity being recognized and rewarded.

"I never dreamed it would ever get this big, I truly did not," Brennaman said. "I'm thrilled to death that it's raised a lot of money for the Community Fund. If it's got to go, then thank God somebody is going to benefit from it."

Well played, Mr. Brennaman.

Well done, Cincinnati.

Looking for more baseball chatter?
Follow @bigleaguestew, @Townie813 and check out the BLS Facebook Page

View Comments (24)
  • Leicester draw at Man United to move to brink of title

    Leicester draw at Man United to move to brink of title

    Leicester City must wait at least one more day for their first-ever Premier League title after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri's side failed to get the victory that would have brought the silverware but … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago
  • Leicester City draw at Manchester United to move to brink of title

    Leicester City draw at Manchester United to move to brink of title

    (Reuters) - Leicester City must wait at least one more day for their first-ever Premier League title after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri's side failed to get the victory that would have brought the … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • Undrafted FCS players get shot at NFL

    Undrafted FCS players get shot at NFL

    (STATS) - If the start of the NFL draft is like Christmas morning to many NFL teams, then the post-holiday bargain shopping starts instantly after its conclusion. … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago
  • Angry At The Rim

    Angry At The Rim

    Josh Richardson drives and feeds Hassan Whiteside who slams it home with the emphatic one-hand finish. … More »

    NBA.com - 12 minutes ago
  • Bayern focused on Atletico after Bundesliga disappointment

    Bayern focused on Atletico after Bundesliga disappointment

    (Reuters) - Bayern Munich will put the disappointment of failing to secure the Bundesliga title behind them to focus on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final game against Atletico Madrid, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Sunday. The German … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago