Press Box Access

A Front-Row Seat with the Sportswriters Who Sat There

Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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Tom Archdeacon: When the Going Gets Weird

He went to the circus with Muhammad Ali. Pulled pranks on Don Shula. Got thrown out of a hotel by Mr. T. Yes, few sportswriters can match the colorful career of Tom Archdeacon, known and beloved by peers as “Arch.” Take a joy ride with a storyteller who somehow always finds his way to the heart of a matter. The legend is true, as recounted to Todd. Stick with Arch, and you can’t go wrong. Just hang on.

Tom Archdeacon is still cranking out award-winning sports columns for the Dayton Daily News, adding more legend to a decorated and colorful career that began in Florida in 1973.

He has been enshrined in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. The Boxing Writers Association of America presented him with the Nat Fleischer Award, a career achievement honor for excellence in boxing journalism.

Archdeacon’s first job, at the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, Fla., lasted only a year before he moved to the Miami News, where he worked until that newspaper folded on Dec. 31, 1988. He then returned to his home state of Ohio to become the sports columnist in Dayton. Cox Enterprises, that paper’s owner, sent him to annual major sporting events and multiple Olympics as a nationally syndicated writer.

Archdeacon has covered more than 200 fights, including championship bouts featuring Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello and Aaron Pryor. He has also written news columns from Russia and Cuba, and he covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks from New York City. Archdeacon was a contributing writer for Tales from the 5th Street Gym. He is a native of Ottoville, Ohio.

Arch’s most recent columns: https://www.daytondailynews.com/staff/tom-archdeacon/


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Todd Jones

Host
Todd Jones is senior writer for the Ohio State Alumni Magazine and host of the Ohio State University podcast, One Degree Greater.

Sarah Willgrube

Producer
When Sarah isn't using her rich background in film production to produce podcasts, you can find her painting or hiking the great outdoors.