September 24, 2003 by

Hal Hayes

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Categories: Media, Sports, Writers/Editors

Robert H. “Hal” Hayes, an award-winning sportswriter, died on Sept. 8 from cancer. He was 64.
After graduating from Jacksonville State University in 1962, Hayes worked as a sports writer for several newspapers in Georgia and Alabama. During his eight years with The Atlanta Constitution, he won six Associated Press awards. In 1969, Hayes was named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Hayes spent five years doing public relations for the Atlanta Falcons and three years promoting the Birmingham Stallions, then focused his talents on writing nonfiction books. He penned “From the Goal to the Final Glory,” a history of the Jackson State University football team, and was just finishing up a book on the history of the Marching Southerners, the school’s marching band, when he died.

One Response to Hal Hayes

  1. Phil Holbrook

    I knew Hal from his Stallions days. He was a true gentleman and the world is less of a place without him. You will be missed Big Guy.

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