The Somerset Community College (SCC) Journalism Club, based at the SCC Laurel Campus, will host Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and former SCC student, for a public discussion on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on Flynn’s interaction with the media over the years and will take place at the SCC Laurel Campus, Building Two, Room 206, 100 University Drive in London.
Flynn is best known for his 11-year Major League career with five teams, including the 1975-1976 world champion Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets, where he won a Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence in 1980. Flynn, a second baseman through most of his career, played from 1975 to 1985.
Flynn was involved in one of the most famous trades in baseball history, as he was one of four Reds swapped for future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Tom Seaver in June of 1977, after the eventual 311-game-winner became involved in a contract dispute with the Mets. The New York media dubbed the trade of the popular Seaver the "Midnight Massacre," and Flynn--along with the three other players sent to New York--was faced with the daunting task of replacing a three-time Cy Young Award winner known as "The Franchise."
Flynn, a native of Lexington, attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship in the late 1960s. He was attending Somerset Community College in 1971 when, after participating in a try-out camp with the Cincinnati Reds, he was signed to a minor league contract.
After his baseball career ended, Flynn went on to become the head of Kentucky's Anti-Drug Program and has, for the past 15 years, been a banking officer with Central Bank in Lexington. He has also served as a motivational speaker and has provided color commentary for broadcasts of UK baseball games. He has been involved with a number of charities and is co-chairman of the Children's Charity of the Bluegrass Annual Golf Classic.
As the guest of the SCC Journalism Club, Flynn will be interviewed by club members and sponsors about his life and career, with particular focus on his interactions with the media over the years.
"From his time on Adolph Rupp's UK basketball team, through his baseball career, and in the years since, Doug Flynn has dealt with media attention of various levels and types---sometimes wanted, sometimes unwanted," said Journalism Club sponsor Jeff Harris, an associate professor of English at SCC. "As a result of all these experiences, his perspective on the media is likely unique, and I think our students will benefit from hearing his stories and how they have shaped his views."
The program, called “In the Spotlight: Doug Flynn,” is free and open to the public.