by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
Paul Hagen was on campus this week to talk baseball with students in Molly Yanity’s Sports Writing class. He also walked away with the school’s L.J. Hortin Distinguished Alumnus Award.
If you’ve been following baseball news lately, you probably know that he’s already received the J.G. Spink Award, which means he’ll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.
Hagen spent his day back on campus talking with faculty and students about receiving the Hall of Fame recognition, as well as his career. He then attended the school’s annual awards banquet, where I presented him the Hortin award.
Here’s an interview in which he talks about his decision to attend Ohio University, his student days, how he got his “big break” (with the help of another Postie), and what he thinks it takes to get into the business today (spoiler alert: hard work).
Ritter Collett (BSJ ’42) is the only other graduate of the school to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (in 1991).