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Bob Hammel to share Hoosier sports history

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016

Bob Hammel, a Huntington native and Hoosier sports legend, will share stories of the glories of area and state sports history Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3011 W. Park Drive.

Hammel’s program will reflect the theme of the Indiana Bicentennial as he introduces the audience to some exceptional athletes who were stars before the Huntington Centennial in 1948. Hammel, 79, has been a journalist for 52 years, most notably for the Bloomington Herald-Times from 1966 to 2006. While there, he was the sports editor from 1966 to 1996. He was also a Sunday op-ed columnist there for ten years, until 2006.

Following graduation from high school in Huntington, he attended Indiana University for one year. In June 1954, at the age of 17, he took a “summer job” at the Huntington Herald-Press that lasted nine years. He also worked at the Peru Tribune, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Kokomo Times and the Indianapolis News before starting at Bloomington.

He is the author or co-author of 13 books. The latest are “The Bill Cook Story II: The Re-Visionary” and “The Power of Negative Thinking,” co-authored with Bob Knight. Since retirement, he also has published “The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim.”

Prior to retirement, he co-authored Bob Knight’s autobiography, “Knight: My Story.” Before that, he wrote six books related to Indiana University basketball and co-authored with Kit Klingelhoffer the book “Glory of Old IU,” a 100-year anecdotal history of Indiana University athletics from 1899 to 1999. He also wrote “Hoosiers: Classified,” on the last season of Indiana’s all-in-one-class high school tournament.

The program is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call (260) 356-7264 or (260) 356-7643 or stop by the Huntington County Historical Museum, at 315 Court Street. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.