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BIRTHDAY WISHES: Andy Blaylock, at podium, wishes former Wesleyan coach Norm Daniels a happy 100th birthday during a celebration inside Freeman Athletic Center April 5. Blaylock was Daniel's counterpart and competitor when he coached the University of Connecticut Huskies in baseball. Pictured at left, Coach "Danny," a resident of Middletown, was born March 25, 1907 in Detroit and spent 39-years coaching Wesleyan sports.
Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, holds up a banner declaring the space "Coach Norm Daniels Lobby."

Westport, Conn. resident and former Wesleyan baseball pitcher Ed See '38, left, speaks with his former coach during the event. See, who played ball in 1936, 1937 and 1938, credited Coach Daniels with "saving his life by stopping a decidedly uneven wrestling match." See's sons, Sandy '68 and Ted '65; daughter Eloise McGaw '72; and grandsons Zach '98 and Greg '03 all graduated from Wesleyan.
Former football player George Morrill '42 shares his memories of Coach Daniels during the event, attended by former Wesleyan athletes, Wesleyan staff and coaches and family. Between 1942 and 1948, Daniels led the Wesleyan Cardinals football team to 28-straight wins.
Wesleyan baseball coach Mark Woodworth, at right, offers Daniels a baseball autographed by the baseball team. Pictured at left is Danielís daughter, Diane "Dee Dee" Mahoney.
While at Wesleyan, Daniels was active in the local community as part of numerous organizations, committees and associations around Middletown including a three-year term on the Middletown City Council. Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano attended the celebration and proclaimed April 6 "Norm Daniels Day" in the City of Middletown. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)