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Paul Hagen wins Spink Award

Updated: December 4, 2012, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Paul Hagen vividly remembers the exact day the baseball bug bit him.

It came in October 1959, when he was at school in East Aurora, N.Y., near Buffalo. His third grade teacher, Miss Fisher, asked which team he wanted to win the World Series.

"What's that?" he asked her.

She told him it was the baseball championship, and said she was rooting for the Chicago White Sox. He took an immediate interest -- and to be contrary, declared he would pull for the other ...

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