Saturday, February 19, 2011

(Photo Caption: Author Travis Haney with Risha,Rob and Bayler Teal)

The library has scored a coup! Dawn Ellen has contacted Travis Haney the author of “Gamecock Glory” and secured him to do a book signing on March 24th at 4:30 PM. The book, which is dedicated to Bayler Teal, is set for release in mid-March. To date, this event will be the first book signing that Mr. Haney has scheduled. The “Library Ladies” are excited.

Mr. Haney is a two year veteran sports reporter for the “Charleston Post and Courier.” He covers University of South Carolina as well as Southeastern Conference athletics. Mr. Haney, 27, covered the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball for two years before joining the Post and Courier staff.

The Gamecocks first met Bayler Teal at Columbia’s Palmetto Children’s Hospital in October 2008. The 5-year-old had been diagnosed with cancer a month earlier. The team expected to encounter a sickly kid, but instead it entered the hospital room to find Bayler smiling and bouncing on a couch. It was the Gamecocks’ introduction to Bayler’s fighting spirit and joyful disposition. Bayler went to war with cancer for 22 months, losing his life on June 24, 2010. The same night, in the College World Series, South Carolina extended its season by rallying for two runs in the 12th inning to defeat Oklahoma. The timing defies comprehension. The Gamecocks played in Bayler’s memory the rest of the way in Omaha, defeating rival Clemson twice and the UCLA twice in the national championship series. After the College World Series, Coach Ray Tanner repeatedly thanked and credited Bayler for inspiring his players. (Attribution: Gamecock

We are excited and pleased that Mr. Haney has agreed to come and do his first book signing. We hope the entire community will come out to meet him!

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