Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hal McCoy No Longer Covering the Reds

Hal McCoy is finished covering the Reds after his 37th season. I've enjoyed reading his columns in the Dayton Daily News for a while now. It's tough to see the good ones leave.

Here is a link to Hal's "good-bye Reds" article in the Dayton Daily News. There are a couple of really cool memorabilia pieces. Brandon Phillips signed a baseball bat to him with the "30/30" inscription - something he only does for his mom and dad,
“To Hal ‘HoF’ McCoy. Thank you for all the support! Sorry that you have to go, but I know it’s not the last!’ Brandon Phillips, #4, Your boy, 30/30.”

The kid who caught the Johnny Gomes home run during Hal McCoy night stopped by,
" . . . his name is Kevin O’Neill of Erlanger, Ky. On the night Gomes hit his home run, O’Neill was in the upper deck in left field and got the ball. On Sunday, he came to the game carrying the ball in a plastic cover and gave it to me - this treasure of a ball that he could have kept, a ball used in a major-league game that was hit for a home run."

Thanks Hal for covering the Cincinnati Reds all these years and I look forward to seeing your new projects.

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