Legendary Cincy Reds writer, who is legally blind, finds a driver

Just catching up with this column posted a couple of weeks ago.

Hal McCoy has covered the Cincinnati Reds for 37 years. Now writing for FoxSportsOhio.com, he wants to continue to cover the Reds. However, since he is legally blind, precluding him from getting behind the wheel of a car, he needed a driver to take him to the games.

McCoy writes he had 473 volunteers:

My inbox filled, 437 offers after last count. Some were for weekend duty, some wanted to do it one time, some wanted to be part of a carpool.

There was an offer from a man in Dubai, who wrote, “If I can be your driver, I’ll return to the United States.”

There was an offer from a man in Florida, who wrote, “I have an RV here in Florida, but If you want me to drive I’ll bring the RV to Dayton and be your driver.”

Amazingly, offers came from all over — male, female, college students, senior citizens, budding journalists who wanted to pick my brain, firemen, policemen, lawyers, truck drivers, professors and the unemployed.

And here’s the new driver:

(Ray) Snedegar’s email jumped out at me. He said all the right things. He was the first I contacted and I invited him to lunch. Within five minutes, I knew: “This is the guy.”

He is retired from the Air Force, “Where I was a loadmaster for 31 years, four months and 21 days, but who’s counting?”

He lost his beloved wife, Barbara, on Nov. 19, 2011 and said to himself, “What now? I’d still get up at 6:30 in the morning, read the paper, drink my coffee and ask myself, ‘What now?’”

To keep busy Snedegar volunteers at the National Museum of the USAF at Wright Patterson Air Force Museum and he works part-time at Routsong Funeral Home in Centerville.

When he saw my blog, Snedegar sent his email, “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.”

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