2002 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner Hal McCoy

An honors graduate from Kent State University School of Journalism, Hal McCoy won 43 Ohio and national writing awards and was the first non-Cincinnati newsperson elected to the Cincinnati Journalists Hall of Fame.

McCoy has been the Cincinnati BBWAA Chapter Chair 22 times and was the BBWAA national president in 1997.

He was the third writer from the Dayton Daily News honored with the BBWAA Career Excellence Award, joining Si Burick (1982) and Ritter Collett (1991).

McCoy covered the Cincinnati Reds for four decades.

He averaged 155 games covered per year, in addition to six weeks of Spring Training and full postseason coverage.

McCoy covered more than 5,500 games, 900 Spring training games and 500 postseason games, missing only one assigned game due to illness.

McCoy was in the forefront of the Pete Rose investigation, breaking many stories during the 1989 season while also covering the Reds on a daily basis.