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On Your Marc: 7/25

Shortstops show the money Dragons’ Justin Turner and Zack Cozart win big By Marc Katz Summertime at the ballpark—and the $64 million question: When you saw Justin Turner play for the Dayton Dragons in 2007, did you think he’d someday sign a $64 million contract? I thought he was good enough to make the major […]

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On Your Marc: 7/18

The new dog workout plan WSU service dogs aren’t playing around By Marc Katz I’ve seen humans work out, and horses, and (when we had circuses) elephants. Most other animals running around seemed to just be playing, except maybe for turtles and goldfish. That’s what a pet issue should really be about—turtles and goldfish—if you’d […]

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A star, from here, and there

Tennis star Pauline Betz Addie: a Dayton legend? By Marc Katz Wimbledon runs through July 16, and you’re probably as surprised as I was when I first discovered—more than 30 years ago—a native Daytonian won it in 1946. Well, it’s a claim we can make, and a claim we can’t. I didn’t know much about […]

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On Your Marc: 7/11

From dog to watchdog with Clubhouse 22’s Joe Smith By Jim Bucher This gentleman is an award-winning journalist, TV host, writer, producer, news anchor, and executive producer; but no matter what his accomplishments in life, he’ll always be remembered as the host of Clubhouse 22. Sorry Joe Smith, but Duffy the Dog would be proud. […]

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On Your Marc: 7/4

An unusual connection Pat Rupp, Wes Fowler, and the missing link By Marc Katz When I covered the last half of goalie Pat Rupp’s career with the Dayton Gems, there was no reason for me to believe that he was linked to Wes Fesler, the former All-America football player and coach from Ohio State. Seriously, […]

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On Your Marc: 6/27

Sparky Anderson and an appendix Prepping for surgery, not dinner By Marc Katz I know a lot of people remember June 14, 1979, the day Sparky Anderson managed his first game for the Detroit Tigers when he should have been in the middle of his 10th year with the Reds. I can’t believe that day […]

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On Your Marc: 6/20

Winning feels good The Dragons keep marching in By Marc Katz It was legendary broadcaster Vin Scully—with plenty of others to follow—who said, “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” Imagine how the Dayton Dragons felt last season, when they lost 93 out of 140 played. Imagine how they feel this year, when they’ve already […]

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On Your Marc 6/13

Field of vision Reporting ‘the best attainable version of the truth’ By Marc Katz Years ago, when I was still an everyday working journalist, I remember a friendly athletics director—Jim Jones at Ohio State—who used to say, “Never get in an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” That was his way of […]

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On Your Marc: 6/6

The thinker Gord Lane reflects on hockey, life off the ice By Marc Katz Long after the lights flickered off at Hara Arena following a Dayton Gems practice, and well after many of the players had already stripped their gear, showered away the day’s sweat, and were on their way to a mid-day beer at […]

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On Your Marc: 5/30

A perfect 10 Diver Greg Louganis wins gold at 1994 Olympics, comes out a year later By Marc Katz Greg Louganis climbed up the ladder to the 15-meter platform at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, and I was skeptical. Because the games were so logistically close, the Dayton Daily News decided to send a […]

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On Your Marc: 5/23

Still in the game Former Dragon David Espinosa now scouts for the Independent League By Marc Katz   David Espinosa was back at Fifth Third Field recently. Yes, that David Espinosa, who arrived in Dayton as a 19-year-old first-round draft pick, already with a major league contract and said to have the playing skills to […]

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On Your Marc: 5/16

Top-notch coach Ohio State alumna Amy Tucker retires from coaching Stanford basketball By Marc Katz My first thought was that we need more people like Amy Tucker, who was such an outstanding basketball player at Springboro High School and Ohio State, and coach at OSU and Stanford. She has served as a beacon for women […]

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On Your Marc: 5/9

Finding a way Dragon’s pitcher Aaron Fossas makes a comeback By Marc Katz Over the last two years, everything has gone wrong for Aaron Fossas in baseball. Now, everything is going right. It’s going to be a race to see where the story ends, and we should know that in about another two years. This […]

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On Your Marc: 5/2

Hall of Fame material Remembering basketball coach Mike Haley By Marc Katz   There is no Roosevelt High School anymore, but Mike Haley won there. There is no Roth High School anymore, but Haley won there, too. There is a Dunbar High School, but no one won there like Haley did. These are the things […]

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On Your Marc: 4/25

Late life of the party Remembering the rise of Fifth Third Field By Marc Katz Freddie Benavides, now a coach for the Reds, heard whispers on his bus from staff members and even some players as they stopped at Fifth Third Field a few weekends ago for the Futures game. “This is Low A [baseball]?” […]

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On Your Marc: 4/18

In a puff of smoke Marijuana is still considered bad news for athletes By Marc Katz Speaking of sports and marijuana, which I wasn’t, I do have a confession to make up front: I’ve never tried marijuana. I also don’t care if you have, unless you’re driving in a car coming the other way from […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]