Mike Bycofski

Mike Bycofski’s photograph is seen in a 1949 news clipping announcing his pro contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

From the June 19, 1949 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • Mike Bycofski, an 18-year-old graduate of Jacksonville-Trimble High School, signed a professional contract to pitch for a Cincinnati Reds minor league team. He debuted that summer for the Muncie Reds, a Class D team in the Ohio-Indiana League. Bycofski, a “husky, 188-pound southpaw” won 34 games in 36 starts for JTHS, including two no hitters. He went 10-1 his senior year and was also a star pitcher for the Glouster American Legion team. He’d also been scouted by the Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Browns.
  • In advertising: “The McBee Company has its own United Nations,” an ad read. It highlighted the products printed for customers around the globe, including in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. “The export of McBee and other American products is important to our economy.”
  • At the movies: The Orpheum Theater in Nelsonville showed “The Walking Hills,” starring Randolph Scott and Ella Raines.

From the June 13, 1999 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • CNN anchor Leon Harris, an Ohio University graduate of 1983, returned to campus to deliver two commencement speeches.
  • OU President Robert Glidden announced plans to take a summer sabbatical to pursue other interests, with the intention of returning in the fall.
  • Federal Hocking Middle School Principal Kim Chadwell switched to being principal of Amesville Elementary. She replaced Barry Oches, who went to OU to complete his doctorate.
  • The Athens school board spent the summer of 1999 trying to decide whether to renovate Athens Middle School or build a new one. (Editor’s Note: that conversation sounds familiar.)
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