Hal McCoy Night

The Reds honored beat writer Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, who is retiring following this season. McCoy has worked for the DDN for 46 years and is enshrined in the writers’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He is the longest-tenured baseball beat writer in the country, the 2009 campaign is McCoy’s 37th covering the Reds.

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Hal_auto1.JPGHal met with fans and signed autographs at the Reds Hall of Fame prior to tonight’s game.

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Basketball announcer Dick Vitale stopped by to see Hal at the HOF.

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Hal hosted friends and family in the Frontgate suite next the press box for tonight’s game.

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Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman hosted the on-field ceremony for McCoy and his wife Nadine.

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Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher presented Hal with a framed letter from Commissioner Bud Selig that read in part:

“The universal respect you have earned from your peers, your readers and the people you have chronicled is remarkable. Your decorated career embodies the special bond that baseball writers share with their audience, and certainly, our game is better for it. Because you have served as a mentor to countless young members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who cover our national pasttime each day, I believe the professionalism and the excellence you brought to your craft will continue to have a lasting impact on the game we love.”

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McCoy’s ceremonial first pitch to former Red and current Astro Aaron Boone.  When asked if he would throw a splitter, McCoy replied, “no way, a cutter.”

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A closer look at McCoy’s gifts from the Reds, Dayton Daily News and Major League Baseball.

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Pictured here with McCoy are the last 5 Reds media relations directors.  Current media relations director Rob ButcherJoe Kelley, Jim Ferguson, Hal McCoy, Jon Braude and Mike Ringering.

And last, but not least… Reds commercial producer and editor Ian Stewart created this tribute video for Hal’s special night.  Enjoy!

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6677257&c_id=cin

-JM
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