Hal McCoy to speak at Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News on November 17

halmccoybbcardJoin us from 6:30-9pm on Thursday, November 17th, for the 7th annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive as we honor sports writer Hal McCoy in the Endeavor Room of the Wright State Student Union. The doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7pm. The event is free & open to the public.

Hal McCoy, an Akron native, began his sports journalism career while attending Kent State University. He joined the staff of the Dayton Daily News in 1967 and started covering the Cincinnati Reds in 1972. During his tenure he reported on The Big Red Machine, three World Series championships (1975, 1976, and 1990), and much, much more. Hal was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Dayton Walk of Fame on September 22, 2016. In 2015, his latest book “The Real McCoy: My Half-Century with the Cincinnati Reds” was published.

Please register by November 15th online or by calling 937-775-2092. Free parking will be available in Visitor’s Lot 2 by the Student Union.

The series is a collaborative effort between the Wright State Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, the University Libraries and Special Collections & Archives. The Living Legends lecture series celebrates the Dayton Daily News Archive, an extensive collection donated to WSU by the newspaper.

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McCullough’s “The Wright Brothers” chosen for Big Read

Have you heard? David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers has been chosen for the 2017 Big Read in the Miami Valley!

The Big Read 2017 - David McCullough's "The Wright Brothers" (image via The Big Read Miami Valley)

The Big Read 2017 – David McCullough’s “The Wright Brothers” (image via The Big Read Miami Valley)

We’re excited that even more people will now be checking out this wonderful book and learning more about the lives and accomplishments of Dayton’s own native sons, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Follow the The Big Read Miami Valley Facebook page for the latest updates.

Additional information is available in this article “Big Read picks ‘The Wright Brothers'” on Dayton.com.

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New Exhibit: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley

Only 1 week until election day!

Not surprisingly, there have been a lot of fairly local visits recently by major candidates, as Ohio is typically an important “battleground” state.

This has long been the case, and consequently, there are many wonderful photographs in our Dayton Daily News Archive of U.S. Presidents (some of them still just “presidential hopefuls” at the time) visiting the Miami Valley on their campaign trail.

We have featured a selection of these in an exhibit this semester: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley. You can see this exhibit in the lobby of Dunbar Library, on either side of the center stairwell.

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Here are some close-ups of a few photographs from the exhibit:

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

Some of the photographs in the exhibit are also featured in posts on our Dayton Daily News Archive blog by searching for presidents.

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