Hal Bodley

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Hal Bodley is a nationally prominent Major League Baseball writer for U.S.A. Today who has covered the sport since 1958. He authored two baseball books including “The Team That Wouldn’t Die”, an
account of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies championship season, and “Countdown To Cobb”, the story of Pete Rose’s pursuit of the Major League record for base hits. He covered 38 World Series baseball
games, 37 baseball All-Star games, as well as five Super Bowls and four Olympic Games competitions. He received the “Best of Gannett” Award in 1982 for baseball coverage; has served as national
baseball analyst for CBS and co-host of the network’s weekly “Inside Pitch” Sunday night national radio show. Hal was a baseball analyst for Cable News Network from 1988-1991 and co-host of NBC-TV’s
baseball pre-game show in 1987; currently does the “Around the Majors” segment for the Philadelphia Phillies television network. Before joining USA Today, he was sports editor and columnist for the
Wilmington News-Journal where he was elected “Delaware Sportswriter of the Year”, a record 12 times. He is considered the most honored sportswriter in Delaware history with 26 National and Regional
writing awards, including the Headliners Award for his coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics. He is the founder and former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association; twice served as
Philadelphia Chapter President of the Baseball Writer’ Association of America and was elected to two terms on the organization’s Board of Directors.



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