Harold (Hal) McCoy

1940- Present  

Inducted 2016


Harold (Hal) McCoy, a Kent State honor graduate and a former Dayton Daily News beat writer, covered the Cincinnati Reds for over 40 years.  He coined the Reds’ famous nickname, “Big Red Machine.”  He has received 43 Ohio and national writing awards and was the first non-Cincinnati newsperson elected to the Cincinnati Journalists Hall of Fame.  In 2002 McCoy was given the J.A. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association when he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.  Press Pros Magazine provides The Hal McCoy Scholarship to a worthy high school senior who plans to study journalism. Recognized nationally, McCoy has remained in the Dayton area. To give his fans an inside look at the Reds, McCoy wrote a memoir about his long time association with the Cincinnati Reds. Facing challenges with his eyesight, McCoy continues to write about baseball to the delight of his throngs of devoted readers.