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On your marc 9/11: On Track

Her name is Mona Lott and she used to speed skate and figure skate and dance on skates and had a desire to participate in Roller Derby when other parts of life got in the way. She married young, had three children, worked and a year and a half ago, jumped back on track, so […]

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on your marc 9/4: Still Popular, still banned

I saw Pete Rose the other day, wandering the mean streets of Dayton, looking for a place to place a bet. Okay, no, I didn’t. Actually, I did see a form of Rose, the real one, the Hit King and Bet Prince. I saw Brian Dykstra, an actor playing Pete Rose, and doing a darn […]

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On Your Marc 8/28: A way to play, and serve

He was like any other 17-year-old high-school senior, playing football, contemplating where he might go to college, considering his future—all when he probably needed more research.

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On Your Marc 8/21: Beyond the Field

Donnie Evege’s myriad of accomplishments By Marc Katz Let’s not confuse the issue here. Donnie Evege did not enroll at Ohio State to learn how to become a motivational speaker, a philanthropist, a book author,or an astute businessman. He went to play football, and athletes of his ability often focus on the playing side while […]

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On Your Marc 8/14: Meyer in the mire

I am not at all concerned about Ohio State football. Who’s going to go there and lose, especially if you slide the one-year interim reign of Luke Fickell out of the equation? Woody Hayes won .761 percent of his games. Earle Bruce stood at .755. John Cooper was at .715. Jim Tressel was at .810 […]

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On Your Marc 8/7: Off the beaten path

Thank you Fort Wayne TinCaps and San Diego Padres. The TinCaps, under the direction of the parent Padres, have traveled a scenic route outside the box. I could not offer heartier congratulations. This all goes back to the stories I’ve heard and written about Woody Hayes taking his Ohio State football teams to road games […]

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On your Marc 7/31: Well Dunn

I’m not sure if the Dayton Dragons will ever begin a Hall of Fame, but if they do, Adam Dunn certainly has to be in it. In fact, he should be inducted in the first class, paired with Austin Kearns. This came to mind recently, when Dunn was enshrined in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of […]

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On Your Marc 7/24: No excuses for this life

Tom Montgomery says the last time he addressed a coaching clinic, in Canton, Ohio, he started off by saying he was going to tell the assembled how to coach black athletes. The room got very quiet, he remembered, and everyone had their pens and pencils poised over notebooks. “They’re the same (as white players),” Montgomery […]

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On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he was going to UCLA for college and football. Woody Hayes, the Ohio State coach, was unhappy with that decision, calling Lee just prior to signing day trying to convince him to go to Ohio State. […]

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On Your Marc 7/10: Border lines

While families have been torn apart at the U.S./Mexican border and protests of outrage are surfacing there and across the country—intensified by a travel ban from countries that include Venezuela—Hispanics from those countries who play or coach the Dayton Dragons do so seemingly without impediment. There are three players on the Dragons from Mexico and […]

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On Your Mark 7/3: Just a mile from home…plate

Braxton Whitehead, winning the game of life By Marc Katz You could have given me 100 guesses and I don’t think I ever would have tagged Braxton Whitehead as a future banker. He was the first catcher for the Dayton Dragons in 2000, looked like a tough guy and had a “branding” gone bad on […]

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On Your Marc 6/26: Mr. Enthusiasm

Adam Rosales has played most of the past 10 seasons in the major leagues, recently turned 35 and is in a holding pattern with the Columbus Clippers in Class AAA, the top rung of Cleveland’s minor league system. You may forgive him if he’s thinking about retiring soon to Arizona, where he lives with his […]

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On Your Marc 6/19: Lefty, the Caps & Stanley

The call came, as important ones concerning sports usually do, from Ralph Morrow, the former sports editor of the Dayton Daily News. He wondered, in the wake of Washington’s recent Stanley Cup championship, if I was thinking about Lefty McFadden, the late founder and general manager of the old Dayton Gems hockey team.

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A top-notch education

It is more than two hours before game time, and Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton is hunched over a pile of stats on his desk. He has already spent several hours on the field with his charges, running them through warm-up drills and going over their pitching mechanics.

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The wrong message

Somehow, in all the daily tumult out of Washington, I had forgotten about Roseanne Barr’s screech of a National Anthem before a July, 1990, game between the Reds and Padres in San Diego. Barr’s the comedienne who was not so funny last week tweeting racist remarks about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett and anti-Semitic […]

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On your marc 5/29: Looking for equality

Early in our discussion about how far we’ve progressed concerning the acceptance of gays and lesbians on the playing fields of life, UD softball coach Cara LaPlaca hit me with a signature quote. “We’ve had parents ask if we have athletes who are gay on our team,” LaPlaca said, “with the concern they don’t want […]

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