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Must-read: Hal McCoy's new driver

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
Hal McCoy has a new ride to the ballpark. (AP)

Here's a neat story.

Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy has being covering the Reds since 1973, including the last 10 years while being legally blind. For the last five years, his friend Larry Glass, a retired school administrator, drove McCoy to home games at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, but health issues will prevent Glass from doing it any longer.

In an effort to find a new driver, McCoy posted a notice on his personal blog. He got responses from 437 people. Some were college students, some were senior citizens, some were sports journalists hoping to pick a Hall of Famer's brain. In the end, McCoy selected Ray Snedegar, a retired Air Force load master.

McCoy wrote about the process of selecting his new driver in a must-read piece at Fox Sports Ohio. He pays $0.55 per mile for the 1:15 drive, and Snedegar said he's happy to do it because "it would give me a chance to mix and mingle with a lot of new people after losing my wife. I love baseball, and I love Hal's writing.”

Snedegar's first day on the job is opening day, April 1.

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