GIBSONIA, Pa. (KDKA) – A former Pirates pitcher will finally get to enjoy his college commencement at the age of 82.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating Threat Made Toward Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Don Schwall was a star athlete at the University of Oklahoma during the 1950s, but before he graduated, the Boston Red Sox lured him away from school with a $65,000 contract.
Schwall was an all-star as a rookie in Boston and later pitched parts of four seasons for the Pirates, from 1963-66. He still lives in the Pittsburgh area.
During the offseason, Schwall continued to work toward his degree, but he never got his diploma.READ MORE: 'You Are Not Alone:' Mother Of Domestic Violence Victim Challenging Men To Speak Up
After playing six seasons in the big leagues, Schwall went on to have a successful career in finance, but he knew he had left behind some unfinished business.
Recently, he decided to finally finish what he started decades ago. So, he made a phone call.
“I was wondering where is my degree, so I called the university,” Schwall told KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City. “They said there was some foul-up with the classroom or something like that.”
Two weeks later, Schwall said the University of Oklahoma called back and admitted it had made a mistake. Schwall had earned his degree back in 1961.
“He said, ‘Unbelievably, you were right. You earned the degree and we’re mailing it to you tomorrow.'”MORE NEWS: State Senator Pat Stefano Introduces Legislation To Expand Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine Law
OU also invited Schwall to attend his long-overdue graduation ceremony. He’ll fly to Oklahoma this weekend to take part in it.