Jacin Bagwell was a stand-out baseball and basketball star for Calhoun High School in the late 1970’s. He was awarded the “Best Defensive Award” as a senior basketball player for the Yellow Jackets; but it was baseball where Jacin really shined. A four-year starter, Bagwell’s skills as a hitter and infielder earned him a scholarship to Shorter College where he started for three years.
At Shorter, Jacin set school records for highest batting average in one season (.421), most individual hits in a season (80), and most ‘base on balls’ (45). He was a two-time all GIAC Conference selection, two-time All District, an All-Area player and a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. He was named tri-Captain and earned the Joe Hackett Memorial MVP at Shorter. Jacin and another Hall of Fame member, Vaughn Robbins, remain the only two players in Shorter College history to bat over .400. Shorter coach Hamp Alexander called Jacin’s second season, “The greatest sophomore season I have ever seen.”
“J-Bag” signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburg Pirates after his junior year at Shorter College. He went on to graduate from Shorter College with a bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Management.
Bagwell was equally successful in summer league baseball as part of the team that won the Stan Musial World Series in Michigan. True to form, Bagwell batted .444 in the Series and tied a tournament record set in 1939 by hitting three doubles in one game.
Jacin has been active in the community as a youth league coach, was a past Deacon at Calhoun Church of Christ and has served many charity event volunteer roles.
He has two children, Cayla Pulliam and Josh Bagwell, a son-in-law Daylin Pulliam, daughter-in-law Magen, and two grandchildren Jax and Ava Pulliam. Jacin now resides in Pine Log with his wife Missy and two step-daughters Molly and Megan. He has multiple business interests in Calhoun.