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NFL, Black College Football Hall of Fame to host QB Coaching Summit














Participants to Expand Professional Network, Hear from NFL Personnel and Industry Experts

In partnership with the Black College Football Hall of Fame, assistant and positional NFL and NCAA coaches have been invited to attend the 2019 NFL QUARTERBACK COACHING SUMMIT from June 24-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the League’s commitment to strengthening the coaching and personnel development pipeline.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to develop a diverse pipeline of offensive coaches and personnel, the Quarterback Coaching Summit is an opportunity for participants to further develop and perfect their proficiencies in game administration, offensive philosophy implementation and quarterback development,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Announced today at the 2019 NFL Spring League Meeting, the summit aims to equip individuals working on the offensive side of the ball with resources, professional development and networking opportunities with NFL club representatives.

“We are excited to work with the NFL on the Quarterback Coaching Summit, as well as open the lines of communication and exchange ideas on fundamentals and techniques required to coach the QB position,” said JAMES “SHACK” HARRIS, Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder and 2012 Inductee.  “The results should help participating coaches in college football and the NFL prepare for the opportunity to become head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, or offensive assistant.”

The summit additionally features panels with NFL general managers and head coaches, including former Baltimore Ravens general manager and current executive vice president OZZIE NEWSOME, Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations HOWIE ROSEMAN, Minnesota Vikings general manager RICK SPIELMAN, and Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founders JAMES HARRIS and DOUG WILLIAMS. Panels will focus on best practices for career advancement and their path to obtaining opportunities in the NFL.

The current list of presenters and attendees can be found below and is subject to change.

Eric Bieniemy Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
Marquel Blackwell University of Houston Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jeff Blake NFL Legend Quarterback Consultant
Marcus Brady Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks Coach
Jim Caldwell Miami Dolphins Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach
Dick Daniels NFL Legend Consultant
Karl Dorrell Miami Dolphins Wide Receivers Coach
Tony Elliott Clemson University Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Broderick Fobbs Grambling State University Head Coach
Josh Gattis University of Michigan Offensive Coordinator
Billy Gonzales University of Florida Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
Harold Goodwin Tampa Bay Buccaneers Assistant Head Coach/Run-Game Coordinator
Chris Grier Miami Dolphins General Manager
Pep Hamilton XFL General Manager & Head Coach
James Harris NFL Legend Consultant
Hue Jackson Formerly Cleveland Browns Head Coach
Ivin Jasper Naval Academy Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brian Johnson University of Florida Quarterbacks Coach
Craig Johnson New York Giants Running Backs Coach
Curtis Johnson New Orleans Saints Senior Offensive Assistant
Shaun King University of South Florida Running Backs Coach
Marvin Lewis Formerly Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach
Mike Locksley University of Maryland Head Coach
Jerry Mack Rice University Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Brennan Marion William & Mary Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Connell Maynor Alabama A&M University Head Coach
Woody McCorvey Clemson University Associate Athletic Director
Garrick McGee University of Missouri Wide Receivers Coach
Ozzie Newsome Baltimore Ravens Executive Vice President
Jeff Nixon Baylor University Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Kendrick Nord Grambling State University Quarterbacks Coach
Lamar Owens Georgia Southern University Wide Receivers Coach
Jimmy Raye NFL Legend Consultant
Jerry Reese Formerly New York Giants General Manager
Howie Roseman Philadelphia Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations
Rick Spielman Minnesota Vikings General Manager
Allen Suber Bethune-Cookman University Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
John Tomlinson North Carolina Central University Quarterbacks Coach
Marques Tuiasosopo University of California Tight Ends Coach
Pat White Alcorn State University Quarterbacks Coach
Ted White Prairie View A&M University Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
D.J. Williams III New Orleans Saints Offensive Assistant


Kentucky Derby is today at 6:50 pm on NBC

Info compiled from staff and wire reports



Kentucky Derby 2005 photo By Sayeth at English Wikipedia, Attribution, https


Time has arrived for the Greatest Horse on the face of the Earth!

The Kentucky Derby, which takes place every year on the first Saturday in the month of May, will take place tonight at 6:50 pm on NBC TV. If you are not in front of a television set, but have your phone, tablet or Ipad, you can stream if on fuboTV (Try for free).

2019 is the 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby.

Conditions are looking slightly soggy for the Kentucky Derby. Louisville has had scattered showers since early this morning.

Improbable and Maximum Security both co-favorites at 9-2.


Maximum Security 9/2
Improbable 9/2
Tacitus 5/1
Game Winner 6/1
Roadster 10/1
Code of Honor 13/1
Win Win Win 14/1
By My Standards 16/1
War of Will 16/1
Vekoma 21/1
Cutting Humor 23/1
Gray Magician 28/1
Tax 35/1
Long Range Toddy 50/1
Spinoff 50/1
Plus Que Parfait 53/1
Master Fencer 56/1
Country House 61/1
Bodexpress 83/1

PAST WINNERS OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

(Year, Winner, Jockey, Triner, Owner, Distance (miles), Track condition, Time of Race)

2018 Justify Triple Crown Winner Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:04.20
2017 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa ViolaSt. Elias, Siena Farm and West Point 1 ¼ Wet Fast (sealed) 2:03.59
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill J. Paul Reddam 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.31
2015 American Pharoah Triple Crown Winner Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables, LLC 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.02
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman Steve Coburn & Perry Martin 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.66
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Claude McGaughey III Stuart S. Janney III & Phipps Stable 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:02.89
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill J. Paul Reddam 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.83
2011 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez H. Graham Motion Team Valor International 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.04
2010 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel Bennie L. Woolley, Jr. Double Eagle Ranch et al. 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH StablesP. Pompa 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz Lael Stables 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott John Servis Someday Farm 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide José A. Santos Barclay Tagg Sackatoga Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Thoroughbred Corp. 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos Jorge F. Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1 ¼ Fast 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Kent Desormeaux Neil Drysdale Fusao Sekiguchi 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.00
1999 Charismatic Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.20
1998 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1997 Silver Charm Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Bob & Beverly Lewis 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.40
1996 Grindstone Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.00
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.20
1994 Go for Gin Chris McCarron Nick Zito William J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:03.60
1993 Sea Hero Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.40
1992 Lil E. Tee Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.00
1991 Strike the Gold Chris Antley Nick Zito BCC Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.00
1990 Unbridled Craig Perret Carl Nafzger Frances A. Genter 1 ¼ Good 2:02.00
1989 Sunday Silence Pat Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham H-G-W Partners 1 ¼ Muddy 2:05.00
1988 Winning Colors filly Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1987 Alysheba Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg D. & P. Scharbauer 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.40
1986 Ferdinand Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.80
1985 Spend A Buck Angel Cordero, Jr. Cam Gambolati Dennis Diaz 1 ¼ Fast 2:00.20
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.40
1983 Sunny’s Halo Eddie Delahoussaye David C. Cross Jr. David J. Foster Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1982 Gato Del Sol Eddie Delahoussaye Edwin J. Gregson HancockPeters 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.40
1981 Pleasant Colony Jorge Velasquez John P. Campo Buckland Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.00
1980 Genuine Risk filly Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.00
1979 Spectacular Bid Ronnie Franklin Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.40
1978 Affirmed Triple Crown Winner Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.20
1977 Seattle Slew Triple Crown Winner Jean Cruguet William H. Turner, Jr. Karen L. Taylor 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20 *
1976 Bold Forbes Angel Cordero, Jr. Laz Barrera E. Rodriguez Tizol 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.60
1975 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.00
1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero, Jr. Woody Stephens John M. Olin 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.00
1973 Secretariat Triple Crown Winner Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 1 ¼ Fast 1:59.40
1972 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stud 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.80
1971 Canonero II Gustavo Avila Juan Arias Edgar Caibett 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.20
1970 Dust Commander Mike Manganello Don Combs Robert E. Lehmann 1 ¼ Good 2:03.40
1969 Majestic Prince Bill Hartack Johnny Longden Frank M. McMahon 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.80
1968 Forward Pass[b] Ismael Valenzuela Henry Forrest Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1967 Proud Clarion Bobby Ussery Loyd Gentry, Jr. Darby Dan Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:00.60
1966 Kauai King Don Brumfield Henry Forrest Ford Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.00
1965 Lucky Debonair Bill Shoemaker Frank Catrone Ada L. Rice 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.20
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:00.00
1963 Chateaugay Braulio Baeza James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.80
1962 Decidedly Bill Hartack Horatio Luro El Peco Ranch 1 ¼ Fast 2:00.40
1961 Carry Back Johnny Sellers Jack A. Price Katherine Price 1 ¼ Good 2:04.00
1960 Venetian Way Bill Hartack Victor J. Sovinski Sunny Blue Farm 1 ¼ Good 2:02.40
1959 Tomy Lee Bill Shoemaker Frank E. Childs Fred & Juliette Turner 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1958 Tim Tam Ismael Valenzuela Jimmy Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Muddy 2:05.00
1957 Iron Liege Bill Hartack Jimmy Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.20
1956 Needles David Erb Hugh L. Fontaine D & H Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.40
1955 Swaps Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.80
1954 Determine Raymond York William Molter Andrew J. Crevolin 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.00
1953 Dark Star Henry E. Moreno Eddie Hayward Cain Hoy Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.00
1952 Hill Gail Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.60
1951 Count Turf Conn McCreary Sol Rutchick Jack J. Amiel 1 ¼ Fast 2:02.60
1950 Middleground William Boland Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.60
1949 Ponder Steve Brooks Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.20
1948 Citation Triple Crown Winner Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:05.40
1947 Jet Pilot Eric Guerin Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 1 ¼ Slow 2:06.80
1946 Assault Triple Crown Winner Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 ¼ Slow 2:06.60
1945 Hoop Jr. Eddie Arcaro Ivan H. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1 ¼ Muddy 2:07.00
1944 Pensive Conn McCreary Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Good 2:04.20
1943 Count Fleet Triple Crown Winner Johnny Longden Don Cameron Fannie Hertz 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.00
1942 Shut Out Wayne D. Wright John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.40
1941 Whirlaway Triple Crown Winner Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.40
1940 Gallahadion Carroll Bierman Roy Waldron Milky Way Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.00
1939 Johnstown James Stout Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.40
1938 Lawrin Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Herbert M. Woolf 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.80
1937 War Admiral Triple Crown Winner Charley Kurtsinger George Conway Glen Riddle Farm 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.20
1936 Bold Venture Ira Hanford Max Hirsch Morton L. Schwartz 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.60
1935 Omaha Triple Crown Winner Willie Saunders Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 ¼ Good 2:05.00
1934 Cavalcade Mack Garner Bob Smith Brookmeade Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.00
1933 Brokers Tip Don Meade Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1 ¼ Good 2:06.80
1932 Burgoo King Eugene James Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.20
1931 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger James G. Rowe, Jr. Greentree Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:01.80
1930 Gallant Fox Triple Crown Winner Earl Sande Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 ¼ Good 2:07.60
1929 Clyde Van Dusen Linus McAtee Clyde Van Dusen Herbert P. Gardner 1 ¼ Muddy 2:10.80
1928 Reigh Count Chick Lang Bert S. Michell Fannie Hertz 1 ¼ Heavy 2:10.40
1927 Whiskery Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins Harry P. Whitney 1 ¼ Slow 2:06.00
1926 Bubbling Over Albert Johnson Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.80
1925 Flying Ebony Earl Sande William B. Duke Gifford A. Cochran 1 ¼ Sloppy 2:07.60
1924 Black Gold J. D. Mooney Hanley Webb Rosa M. Hoots 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.20
1923 Zev Earl Sande David J. Leary Rancocas Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.40
1922 Morvich Albert Johnson Fred Burlew Benjamin Block 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.60
1921 Behave Yourself Charles Thompson Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.20
1920 Paul Jones Ted Rice William M. Garth Ral Parr 1 ¼ Slow 2:09.00
1919 Sir Barton Triple Crown Winner Johnny Loftus H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross 1 ¼ Heavy 2:09.80
1918 Exterminator Willie Knapp Henry McDaniel Willis Sharpe Kilmer 1 ¼ Muddy 2:10.80
1917 Omar Khayyam Charles Borel Charles T. Patterson Billings & Johnson 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.60
1916 George Smith Johnny Loftus Hollie Hughes John Sanford 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.00
1915 Regret filly Joe Notter James G. Rowe, Sr. Harry P. Whitney 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.40
1914 Old Rosebud John McCabe Frank D. Weir Hamilton C. Applegate 1 ¼ Fast 2:03.40
1913 Donerail Roscoe Goose Thomas P. Hayes Thomas P. Hayes 1 ¼ Fast 2:04.80
1912 Worth Carroll H. Shilling Frank M. Taylor Henry C. Hallenbeck 1 ¼ Muddy 2:09.40
1911 Meridian George Archibald Albert Ewing Richard F. Carman 1 ¼ Fast 2:05.00
1910 Donau Frederick Herbert George Ham William Gerst 1 ¼ Fast 2:06.40
1909 Wintergreen Vincent Powers Charles Mack Jerome B. Respess 1 ¼ Slow 2:08.20
1908 Stone Street Arthur Pickens J. W. Hall C. E. & J. W. Hamilton 1 ¼ Heavy 2:15.20
1907 Pink Star Andy Minder William H. Fizer J. Hal Woodford 1 ¼ Heavy 2:12.60
1906 Sir Huon Roscoe Troxler Pete Coyne Bashford Manor Stable 1 ¼ Fast 2:08.80
1905 Agile Jack Martin Robert Tucker Samuel S. Brown 1 ¼ Heavy 2:10.75
1904 Elwood Shorty Prior Charles E. Durnell Mrs. C. E. Durnell 1 ¼ Fast 2:08.50
1903 Judge Himes Harold Booker John P. Mayberry Charles R. Ellison 1 ¼ Fast 2:09.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale Jimmy Winkfield Thomas C. McDowell Thomas C. McDowell 1 ¼ Fast 2:08.75
1901 His Eminence Jimmy Winkfield Frank B. Van Meter Frank B. Van Meter 1 ¼ Fast 2:07.75
1900 Lieut. Gibson Jimmy Boland Charles Hughes Charles H. Smith 1 ¼ Fast 2:06.25
1899 Manuel Fred Taral Robert J. Walden A. H.D. H. Morris 1 ¼ Fast 2:12.00
1898 Plaudit Willie Simms John E. Madden John E. Madden 1 ¼ Good 2:09.00
1897 Typhoon II Buttons Garner Julius C. Cahn Julius C. Cahn 1 ¼ Heavy 2:12.50
1896 Ben Brush Willie Simms Hardy Campbell, Jr. Mike F. Dwyer 1 ¼ Dusty 2:07.75
1895 Halma Soup Perkins Byron McClelland Byron McClelland 1 ½ Fast 2:37.50
1894 Chant Frank Goodale H. Eugene Leigh Leigh & Rose 1 ½ Fast 2:41.00
1893 Lookout Eddie Kunze William McDaniel Cushing & Orth 1 ½ Fast 2:39.25
1892 Azra Alonzo Clayton John H. Morris Bashford Manor Stable 1 ½ Heavy 2:41.50
1891 Kingman Isaac Murphy Dud Allen Jacobin Stable 1 ½ Fast 2:52.25
1890 Riley Isaac Murphy Edward Corrigan Edward Corrigan 1 ½ Muddy 2:45.00
1889 Spokane Thomas Kiley John Rodegap Noah Armstrong 1 ½ Fast 2:34.50
1888 Macbeth II George Covington John Campbell Chicago Stable 1 ½ Fast 2:38.00
1887 Montrose Isaac Lewis John McGinty Labold Brothers 1 ½ Fast 2:39.25
1886 Ben Ali Paul Duffy Jim Murphy J. B. A. Haggin 1 ½ Fast 2:36.50
1885 Joe Cotton Erskine Henderson Abraham Perry James T. Williams 1 ½ Good 2:37.25
1884 Buchanan Isaac Murphy William Bird Samuel S. BrownWilliam Cottrill 1 ½ Good 2:40.25
1883 Leonatus Billy Donohue Raleigh Colston Sr. Chinn & Morgan 1 ½ Heavy 2:43.00
1882 Apollo[c] Babe Hurd Green B. Morris Morris & Patton 1 ½ Fast 2:40.00
1881 Hindoo Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. Dwyer Bros. Stable 1 ½ Fast 2:40.00
1880 Fonso George Lewis Tice Hutsell J. Snell Shawhan 1 ½ Dusty 2:37.50
1879 Lord Murphy Charlie Shauer George Rice Darden & Co 1 ½ Fast 2:37.00
1878 Day Star Jimmy Carter Lee Paul T. J. Nichols 1 ½ Dusty 2:37.25
1877 Baden-Baden Billy Walker Edward D. Brown Daniel Swigert 1 ½ Fast 2:38.00
1876 Vagrant Bobby Swim James Williams William Astor, Jr. 1 ½ Fast 2:38.25
1875 Aristides Oliver Lewis Ansel Williamson H. Price McGrath 1 ½ Fast 2:37.75

Triple Crown Winner designates a Triple Crown Winner.
filly designates a filly.

  1. ^ The race was timed to ​14 second from 1875 to 1905, to ​15 second from 1906 to 2000, and to 0.01 second since 2001.
  2. ^ Dancer’s Image, ridden by Bobby Ussery, trained by Lou Cavalaris, Jr., and owned by Peter D. Fuller, finished first, but was disqualified after a post-race urine sample revealed traces of a banned drug in the horse. The drug in question – phenylbutazone – is now legal for use on racehorses in many states, including Kentucky.
  3. ^ Apollo (1882) was the only horse to have won the Derby without having raced at age two, until Justify in 2018.[33]

What’s New and Hot at Dragons’ Fifth Third Field for 2019 Celebration Season




Dayton Dragons Fifth Third Field aerial view from LF

Dayton, Ohio – The 2019 season is the Dayton Dragons 20th year at Fifth Third Field.  The season will celebrate the Dragons rich history and bring many new elements to the ballpark.  Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, the Green Team, and team characters Roofman, Wink, and ATMO are all back for the 2019 season as the Dragons continue their focus on great professional baseball, affordable family fun, unsurpassed customer service, and community involvement.


Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game

The Dragons will kick-off their historic season with their “20th Season Celebration Game” on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  The game will match the 2019 Dragons (“Team 20”) against a team of Dragons alumni who are still playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.  Former Dragons coaches Ken Griffey Sr. and Tom Browning along with former Dragons players Austin Kearns, Chris Dickerson, and Todd Coffey will all make special appearances at the game.


Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:


Opening Night

Opening Night for the Dragons is Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  Skydivers from Team Fastrax will land on the playing field to signify the beginning of another year of Dragons baseball. The national anthem will be performed by the Miamisburg High School Madrigal Singers, winner of theDayton Daily News national anthem contest. There will also be performances from the Shakertown Stompers on the plaza, and the Mini Dugout Dancers prior to and during the game.


The Dragons entertainment department will usher in a new selection of contests, skits, and videos that will entertain the whole family. The Green Team will continue to be a big part of Dragons baseball in 2019.

New at Fifth Third Field in 2019

The Dragons Zone

Fifth Third Field features the new “Dragons Zone” behind the centerfield fence. This large, kid-friendly area will feature an assortment of face painting, special activities, and carnival games including Skee Roll, Bull Ringer, and Lily Pad Launcher, Pop-a-Shot, Duck Pond, and more. All games are each $1.00 with the opportunity to win a variety of prizes – big and small.  Throughout the season, fans can find fun and unique activities during weekend games. Opening Day will feature Green Team members providing balloon animals for fans. Other activities include glitter tattoos, colorful hair spray, air brush tattoos, and more. Check for more information and activities throughout the season.


New “Dog House” Concession Stand and Sam Adams Pub

The Dragons and Pro Sports Catering have added a new concession stand next to the Sam Adams Pub on the first base side called the “Dog House.”  It will feature four new giant Hot Dogs including a Mac-N-Cheese Dog, a BBQ Dog with pulled park from the in-house smoker, a spicy Dragon Dog, and a Gyro Dog.  Other hot dog items will be featured by home stand.


Also new in 2019, the ballpark will feature the Bill’s Lemonade Cart, with giant, fresh-squeezed lemonade with only 80 calories; a giant souvenir popcorn bucket that is refillable for only $2.00; and new smaller sizes of draft beer will be available to provide better value.


Improvements to Fifth Third Café

The Dragons have teamed up with AZEK Building Products to bring a new look to the popular Fifth Third Café for the 2019 season.  An AZEK Paver system was installed as a new flooring surface in the cafe.  AZEK Pavers are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials, with the added strength of a composite and a natural appearance that resists scratches and stains.   They are lightweight, colorful, and durable.

Hall-of-Fame Display on Suite Level

A new display courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Fame has been added on suite level at Fifth Third Field, featuring memorabilia from former Dragons who have played for the Reds.  The actual home plate from the 2015 MLB All-Star Game “Home Run Derby” autographed by the winner of the event, former Dragon Todd Frazier, is part of the display.  It also includes various autographed jerseys and caps from key games in recent Reds history involving former Dragons such as Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Sal Romano, Amir Garrett, Homer Bailey, Edwin Encarnacion, Devin Mesoraco, Drew Stubbs, and Chris Heisey.

20th Season Signage & Video

Fans will enjoy a new game-opening video for each Dragons game capturing the spirit of the Dragons 20-year history.  The playing field and outfield fence will also feature new 20th Season logos.

Additional New Concourse Player Banners Showcase Dragons History

The Dragons have doubled the number of historic Player Banners on the main concourse at Fifth Third Field.  Forty-four (44) banners depicting players or great moments in Dragons history are now featured.

New Bar Ledges in Multiple Locations

The Dragons and AZEK have also partnered to install new bar ledges on the first and third base side of the ballpark, as well as behind Party Deck C beyond center field.


Six Fireworks Shows

The Dragons will conduct six fireworks shows during the 2019 season, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors.  Fireworks can be enjoyed following games on Saturday, April 27, Saturday, May 11, Saturday, June 1, Friday, June 21, Saturday, August 10, and Saturday, August 31.  Fans are also invited to attend the Dragons game on Wednesday, July 3 and enjoy the City of Dayton’s annual Fireworks Spectacular after the game at 10:00 p.m.

CareSource Veteran Salute Program

CareSource’s Veteran Salute program highlights five veteran’s stories during the course of each season.  Veterans who are chosen are honored at a Dragons game with an in-game ceremony and provided with VIP treatment during their special night.  Dates are April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.


New Double-Sized Luxury Suite

The Dragons have combined suites 1 and 2 at Fifth Third Field into a reconstructed suite that is twice the size as the previous suites.  The new suite will accommodate larger numbers of fans for games and events.


Upgrades to Dragons Training Room

The training room at Fifth Third Field will feature new flooring, cabinetry, and a renovated look with logo and art work.

Renovated Customer Service Booth

The customer service booth will feature new cabinets, countertop, and additional storage for fan items.

More Dragons Info for 2019

Dragons Telecasts on Dayton’s CW


Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV) and the Dragons will broadcast 25 Dragons home games during the 2019 season from Fifth Third Field.  The TV schedule begins on Friday, April 5.  Every Saturday and Sunday Dragons home game in 2019 will be televised along with three Friday night games.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets, reaching approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.


  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • DIRECTV and DISH Network Channel 26


Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play on all telecasts.  WDTN-TV Sports Director Jack Pohl will provide color commentary on Saturday and Sunday telecasts as well as April 5, while WDTN-TV weekend sports anchor Hutch Konerman will work the remaining Friday telecasts.  The broadcasts will feature state-of-the-art high definition production quality with seven camera positions, slow-motion replays, player interview clips and the Dragons award-winning information graphics package.

Dragons in the Community

Dragons MVP Program

The Dragons elementary school MVP Program includes over 1,100 fourth and fifth grade classrooms in approximately 200 schools in 50 school districts.  About 35,000 children participate.  The program is in its 14th year in 2019.  The Dragons MVP Program is made possible by the generous support of Ohio’s 529 Plan, the Dayton Dragons Foundation, Panera Bread, WDTN TV, and Dayton’s CW.  The program is completely free of charge to the schools.  The teacher in each of the classrooms selects five MVP’s based on the teacher’s judgment of performance, effort, citizenship, and improvement.  The five MVPs receive four tickets to a Dragons game, tickets to a special Field Day event at the stadium during the season, an MVP certificate, and a Dragons MVP hat.  Dragons players and mascots visit selected classrooms over the course of the season.


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life

The Dragons and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have teamed up for their 13th year to showcase the “Home Run for Life” program.  This program honors individuals who have shown tremendous strength and courage in fighting serious illnesses.  Anthem Home Run for Life nights are May 8, May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 22.

Hometown Heroes Program

Five times during the 2019 baseball season, the Dragons will partner with the Dayton Development Coalition, SRC, Inc., TACG, and Reynolds & Reynolds for a season-long tribute to all service men and women past and present.  There will be four special spotlights (April 12, May 22, June 23, and July 11) that will each highlight a different aspect or organization involved in the military.  The season-long celebration will wrap up with a Celebration Night on August 10.


Community All-Stars

The Dragons partner with Vectren and Flying Ace Express Car Wash on the Community All-Stars Program, honoring Dayton’s best individuals and organizations that are improving the quality of life in the Miami Valley. From fire fighters to first responders to volunteers and good Samaritans, the Dragons will honor five.  These honorees will be highlighted during a game with a tribute video telling their story.  Dates are April 16, May 21, June 10, July 25, and August 22.


CareSource Veteran Salute Program

CareSource’s Veteran Salute program is new in 2019.  See details in the first section above.


Top Teacher Award presented by Wright State University CEHS

The “Top Teacher” award, presented by Wright State University College of Education and Human Services, will return as part of the Dragons MVP Program for 2019.  Three teachers who participated in the MVP Program will be selected, and they will be honored during a special inning break of a Dragons game for their accomplishments in their classroom and community. “Top Teacher” honorees will be recognized in the Play Ball game program, Dayton Daily News, radio commercials, and social media posts.

Kids Run the Bases at every Sunday game, every Wendy’s Friends & Family Date

Following every Dragons Sunday game, kids can enter the playing field and run the bases.  Dates are April 14, April 28, June 2, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 14, August 4, August 11, and September 1.  All Sunday home games start at 2:00 p.m.  Kids can also run the bases at every 2019 Wendy’s Friends and Family date (see list in Ticket Information section below).


Yoga in the Outfield

The fourth annual “Yoga in the Outfield” will be held on Sunday, July 28 at Fifth Third Field. Participants will take part in a light-hearted yoga class suitable for all levels and ages, led by Ignite Yoga.

Family and Community Events at Fifth Third Field in 2019

Multi-Date Events:

  • High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field. A 20-game schedule begins April 7, giving high school players throughout the Miami Valley the opportunity to play at a professional facility.
  • Post-Game Fireworks, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors:  April 27, May 11, June 1, June 21, August 10, August 31.
  • Dragons Community All-Star Nights:  April 16, May 21, June 10, July 25, and August 22.
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life: May 8, May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 22.
  • Hometown Heroes:  April 12, May 22, June 23, July 11, and August 10.
  • CareSource’s Veteran Salute:  April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.
  • Bike/Carpool to the Dragons Game:  April 28, June 23, July 14, August 11.
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Overnighters:  May 31 & July 12
  • Little Big Leagues Baseball Camps presented by IGS Energy: June 10-11; July 25-26
  • Kroger Baseball Buddies! Kids 7-13 can go to local Kroger store to sign up for a chance to be a Kroger Baseball Buddy. Those picked will get a Dragons items, including an authentic Dragons jersey and will get to hang out with the players in the dug-out before the game.


Single-Date Events:


  • Kettering Health Network Strike Out Stroke Night:  May 9
  • Girls on the Run 5K:  May 11
  • Walk to End Epilepsy:  May 18
  • Defeating Cancer Night:  June 7
  • Vintage Baseball Classic:  June 22
  • Kettering Health Network Public Safety Day:  July 14
  • Dragons 5K:  July 20
  • Yoga in the Outfield:  July 28
  • Bob Ross Classic, presented by Bob Ross Auto Group:  August 8
  • Kettering Health Network Breast Cancer Awareness Day:  August 11
  • Great American Beer Tasting presented by Heidelberg Distributing:  August 17
  • Dontatos Pizza Family Movie Night:  August 24


Ticket Information


Dragons Season Tickets

The Dragons most popular season ticket package features 17 games over the course of the season.  Fans can also purchase a 35 or 9-game plan as well as a five-game plan. With all packages, ticket holders will be assigned a Dragons marketing manager as their contact person with the organization to provide assistance throughout the year.  Tickets start at $12.75 per game.  Fans can reserve a package and take advantage of a flexible payment plan. Purchasers of the new plan will receive special Dragons limited edition season ticketholder gifts on specific giveaway nights. All season ticket packages qualify the purchaser to receive a Hunter Greene bobblehead which is exclusive to season ticket holders. They will also receive first rights to playoff games and special events at Fifth Third Field including concerts.


Wendy’s Friends and Family

Dragons Wendy’s Friends & Family program include “Dinner and a Show” at Fifth Third Field and provides the best deal in town. Get a Dragons ticket, Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher, and Dragons hat – a $38 value for as low as $12.  Cost of the package is just $18 for stadium seats or $12 for lawn tickets.  Each Wendy’s Friends and Family date is scheduled on a day or night that features a special entertainment act at Fifth Third Field.


Friends and Family dates are:

  • Friday, April 26, 7pm (Russian Bar Trio)
  • Thursday, May 23, 7pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)
  • Thursday, May 30, 7pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)
  • Sunday, June 2, 2pm (Mutts Gone Nuts)
  • Saturday, June 8, 7pm (Jesse White Tumblers)
  • Saturday, July 6, 7pm (Amazing Tyler)
  • Sunday, August 11, 2pm (Xpogo)
  • Friday, August 23, 7pm (ZOOperstars)


Dragons Kids Club is Back

For the seventh straight year, young Dragons fans can join the Frisch’s Dragons Kids Club. For just $19.99, members receive two Dragons game tickets, a Dragons jersey, Dragons backpack, Dragons hat, a gift card for a free mini-meal at participating Frisch’s Big Boy locations, an invitation for two to an exclusive Kids Club Movie Night, two Dragons Zone passes, and entry into monthly prize drawings.

Group Ticket Options

Group ticket opportunities are also available through the Dragons, including luxury suites, party decks, seating in the Azek Dragons Lair, on the third base side, and on the Lawn at Fifth Third Field. Special benefits are available for groups of 10 to 1,000 fans.


Bring Your Little League to Fifth Third Field

Little League outings at Fifth Third Field offer a unique experience to young players throughout the Miami Valley. Starting at just $6.00 a person, your Little League could participate in a pre-game parade, presented by IGS Energy, at Fifth Third Field.

Single-Game Tickets

Single game tickets for the 2019 season are on sale now at the Dragons Box Office located next to the main entry gates at Fifth Third Field.  The box office is open throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekend game dates, the box office will open at 12:00 noon and close following the game. The Box Office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road. Single-game tickets can be purchased in person, at the Dragons box office, any Miami Valley Kroger store that is a Ticketmaster outlet; other Ticketmaster locations; online at; or by phone by calling the Dragons Box office at (937) 228-2287 or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (937) 228-2323.


Dragons on The Field

Luis Bolivar, a former Dragons player, returns for his third season as the Dragons manager in 2019.  Joining Bolivar on the Dragons 2019 coaching staff will be pitching coach Seth Etherton, hitting coach Mike Devereaux, bench coach Kevin Mahar, trainer Andrew Cleves, and strength/conditioning coach Justin Bucko.

The Dragons 2019 25-man roster is expected to be announced on Tuesday, April 2.  A total of 97 former Dragons players have reached the Major Leagues, including all-stars Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn, and Zack Cozart.

Dragons On Radio

Fox Sports 980 (WONE) is the flagship station for Dragons radio broadcasts. Games can also be heard at and on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.  Dragons play-by-play announcer Tom Nichols returns for his 32nd season in professional baseball and 12th year with the Dragons.  Josh Hess joins Nichols in the booth for his second season with the Dragons in 2019.


Wright State 2019 Hall of Fame Class includes long-time public address announcer Gordie Wise



The Wright State Department of Athletics has announced its 2019 Mary and Al Schwarz Hall of Fame Class that includes a wide-range inductees that have represented the University and the Raiders on many different stages with skill and dedication.

Director of Athletics Bob Grant is thrilled to welcome track athlete Cassandra Lloyd, men’s basketball player Vaughn Duggins, long-time diving coach Harold Miller and retired WSU professor and veteran supporter Gordie Wise.

“This Hall of Fame class truly exemplifies the best of Wright State Athletics,” Grant said.  “Gordie was our “Thomas Jefferson” in that he wrote the original athletic constitution and supported the department in so many ways through the years.  Harold was a pioneer in our swimming & diving program and impacted countless student-athletes in a wonderful way.  Vaughn helped change and elevate our men’s basketball program from the minute he showed up on our campus.  And Cassandra may have been the most dominant student-athlete in a particular sport in our history.”

The induction ceremony and banquet will be Friday, February 22 at the Nutter Center’s Berry Room with a reception, dinner and induction ceremony starting at 4:30 PM.  The class of 2019 will also be introduced during the men’s basketball game on February 23.  A small amount of tickets for the induction can be purchased by the general public by clicking here.

Cassandra Lloyd, Track (2008-12)
28094Cassandra Lloyd finished her career at Wright State as perhaps the most accomplished student-athlete in school history.  She was named the Wright State Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Horizon League Track Athlete of the Year each of her four years.  The Springfield native became the first WSU student-athlete in any sport to advance to the semifinals of an NCAA event when she did so at the Track and Field Championships in 2011 and 2012 in the 100 meter hurdles. Cassandra was the Horizon League Champion in the 60 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles each year. She also holds the school indoor record for the 55 and 60 meter dash and was part of the 4X200 meter relay team and is the outdoor record holder for the 100 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles, 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay teams. She holds the Horizon League Championships indoor record for the 60 meter hurdles, and outdoor for the 100 meter hurdles. Lloyd was also the League Newcomer of the Year in 2009.  In 2012 she was the Horizon League’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She currently resides in Springfield, OH.

Vaughn Duggins, Basketball (2007-11)
28093Vaughn Duggins played for the Raider basketball team from 2007-11.  A freshman on the 2007 Horizon League team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, he was a three-time most valuable player, twice League first-team and once second team as well as a member of the Newcomer Team in 2007 and All-Defensive Team in 2010.   Duggins is currently the third all-time leading scorer with 1777 points, 8th field goals made (611), fourth in threes made (187), fourth in free throws made (368), seventh assists (330), first in minutes played (4428).  Following his WSU career, he played 7 years professionally in both Germany and France. He currently lives with his wife, Maria, who is also former WSU Raider/ Northern Kentucky women’s basketball player, and two children, Gianni (3) and Penelope (1), in Indianapolis.

Harold Miller, Diving Coach (1973-2018)
28092Harold Miller was diving coach for the successful swimming and diving team, instrumental in its early development in 1973, until his recent passing.  He acted as head coach or assistant coach of the diving program at various times through the years, making himself available to help any way that was needed.  Miller also worked with young divers in the area, starting the Dayton Raiders diving club in 1973 that created a pipeline for WSU’s program.  He coached 11 All-Americans, two YMCA National Champions and one National Junior Olympic Champion.  In 2003, Miller was the recipient of the athletic department’s Angelo “Tony” Tononi Award, which is presented to someone who has contributed above and beyond through the years.  His son, Rick, was a standout diver for the Raiders and is a current member of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gordie Wise, Supporter (1967-2018)
28096Gordie Wise played an integral role in the creation of Wright State Athletics as early as 1967 and continued to have a major presences over the course of the school’s first half-century.  He was a member of the original committee which studied the feasibility of starting an athletic program at WSU.  He wrote the original constitution for the Athletic Council created to ensure faculty control of athletics.  He was the first Chair of the Athletic Council and served on that Council for 21 years. As WSU became a member of the NCAA, he was appointed Faculty Athletics Representative, a post he held for 19 years.  When men’s basketball began, he was the original public address announcer, a position he held for 49 years until his retirement this season.  He is best known for coining the phrase, “Welcome to the campus of Wright State University, and another exciting night of ‘Raider Roundball’.  He lives in Piqua, Ohio, with his wife, Susie.

This class of four now brings the total in the Hall of Fame to 70.

A Cincinnati Reds favorite, Marty Brennaman to retire after 2019 season

Marty Brennaman (file photo)

Most of us old schoolers who have been listening to the Cincinnati Reds since our teenage days of the 1970′s has head one constant voice for 45 years. That voice is none other than Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman.

So today, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, when the veteran announcer announced his retirement, it brought a little sadness to my eyes. I have met Marty and have interviewed him several times and enjoyed every minute of it. It became a dream come true for me.

I have to admit, that when Marty took over for the also-popular Al Michaels, who left to go the San Francisco Giants after the 1973 season, I said I did not like him. Probably cause I had been used to Michaels voice. But the more I listened, the more I liked the opinated, tell it like it is and make no excuse for the Reds during bad games, Brennaman. He is brutally honest. Something the younger announcers could learn. Not to be homers all the time!

2019 will be the final season, his 46th with the Reds as the Play-by-Play voice. I know he will be feted in every major league city that the Reds visit on their schedule. He is well respected not only in Cincinnati and Ohio, but all around the nation.

The 76-year-old Brennaman, and the Ole’ Lefthander, Joe Nuxhall formed a great 1-2 duo for 31 years in the radio booth. They had great chemistry and knew how to keep you listening when the Reds were winning big or getting their butts whipped. They stayed together until after 2004 when Nuxhall retired. He died in 2007.

Since the 2006 season, Brennaman has been teammed with former Reds closer Jeff Brantley. The two have become popular with fans too. Brantley has great humor and insight on the game just like Nuxhall.

The Portsmouth, Virginia native, is a 2000 Ford Frick Award winner in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, he has voiced three World Series championships in 1975, 1976 and 1990. He has had some memorable calls in his illustrious career: Opening Day 1974 vs. the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, when Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth as the all-time leader with 714 career home runs; Pete Rose became the all-time hits leader in 1985; Tom Browning threw a perfect game in 1988; Tom Seaver’s no-hitter in 1978 and Ken Griffey Jr.’s 500th and 600th career home runs in 2004 and 2008.

Long before he was joined the Reds Radio Network, He called minor league baseball games starting in 1971 for the Tidewater Tides of the International League. They were the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. In 1973, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Frank O. Moseley hired the leading sports broadcaster in Virginia, Brennaman, as the new voice of the Hokies. Brennaman was the first Tech broadcaster to call both football and basketball. He has also called games for the Indiana Pacers, William & Mary College and numerous NCAA Basketball Tournament games. He was the voice of the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association who had a future NBA Hall of Famer on their roster named “Dr. J” Julius Erving. He then left to become the voise of the Reds and the rest is history.

Brennaman has other accolades such as In 1999, being inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame  In 2005, he was inducted into both the NSSA Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Also being named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 12 times and Virginia Sportscaster of the Year four times, for being versatile in announcing baseball, football, and basketball games on both the collegiate and professional levels.

After the 2019 season, it will be strange not to hear Brennaman’s trademark call of a Reds victory “And this one belongs to the Reds!”




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