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In July 2019, the Hall of Fame launched its newest content platform, the #HallCall Podcast. The Hall of Fame uses this as a way to highlight our inductees, but also topical figures and issues in Virginia sports. What was first an audio podcast, has now transitioned to a video interview series platform, with interviews being broadcast on our Facebook Live page. Whether audio or video, our goal remains the same; to provide our supporters and sports fans with unique and topical conversations with connections to sports in Virginia. We hope you enjoy the Hall Call Podcast/Interview series! Ideas for interview subjects are always welcome;



Hall Call Ep. 086 - LaShawn Merritt, 4-9-2024

LaShawn Merritt – 2024 VSHF Inductee

The 2024 Induction is now just days away, and the next episode of the #HallCall Interview Series & Podcast, will feature 2024 Inductee, LaShawn Merritt. One of the most decorated track & field athletes from the Commonwealth, Merritt won 23 medals in international competitions in the 400m sprint (19 gold), including 4 Olympic medals, 3 Gold. Merritt joined #HallCall to talk about his journey from high school prodigy, to Olympic Champion, to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Hall Call Ep. 085 - Monica Wright Rogers, 4-2-2024

Monica Wright Rogers – 2024 VSHF Inductee

As we kick off Induction month, we’ll catch up with another 2024 Inductee, Monica Wright Rogers. The 2x VHSL State Champion, and 2006 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year, would go on to become the all-time leading scorer in UVA Basketball history (men’s or women’s) with 2,540 points. A 3x WNBA Champion with the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm, Wright Rogers is currently the Assistant General Manager for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

Hall Call Ep. 084 - Paul Woody, 3-22-2024

Paul Woody – 2024 VSHF Inductee

With less than a month to go to the 2024 Induction, we continue to highlight our incoming inductees with our next #HallCall episode featuring 2024 inductee, Paul Woody. Woody is a Virginia native and Virginia Commonwealth University alum, and over 40 years became the written voice for sports in the Richmond region. The longtime sportswriter and columnist for the Richmond News Leader and Richmond Times-Dispatch, Woody spent 40 years covering all levels of sports for the newspapers, winning countless state and national awards for his efforts.

Hall Call Ep. 083 - Craig Littlepage, 3-19-2024

Craig Littlepage – 2024 VSHF Inductee

The lead-in to the 2024 Induction continues with our next episode of the #HallCall Interview Series & Podcast. We’ll be joined by incoming inductee, Craig Littlepage. In 17 years as Director of Athletics for the University of Virginia, he helped elevate UVA top ten overall athletics program in Division-I athletics. In that time, UVA programs won 13 NCAA National Championships, and 76 ACC Championships, the most of any ACC member school during that time. Littlepage and the rest of the Class of 2024 will be inducted April 20 in Henrico County.

Hall Call Ep. 082 - Hal Nunnally, 3-5-2024

Former R-MC players Paul Gartlan, Reed O’Brien, and Dave Meleski

2024 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Hal Nunnally, left a lasting legacy at his coaching stops. The Petersburg native had great success as a men’s basketball coach at Tidewater Academy, and Randolph-Macon College. While illness prohibited him from playing sports, he became a true student of the game, and left his mark from the sidelines. On this episode of the #HallCall Interview Series, we will talk about that impact and Coach Nunnally’s legacy with 3 of his former R-MC players, Paul Gartlan, Dave Meleski, and Reed O’Brien.

Hall Call Ep. 081 - Rick Jeffrey, 2-27-2024

Rick Jeffrey – 2024 VSHF Inductee

We are OFFICIALLY in 2024 Induction season! Join the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and its #HallCallPodcast as we catch up with 2024 Inductee, Jill Ellis. Jill’s journey has taken her from the UK to Northern Virginia, to William & Mary, and eventually the top of the world as a 2x World Cup winning manager with the US Women’s National Team (2015 and 2019). A successful head coach and manager at the collegiate and international levels, Ellis is now the Team President for the San Diego Wave in the NWSL. Ellis and the rest of the Class of 2024 will be inducted, April 20 in Henrico County, but the excitement is starting to build with #HallCall.

Hall Call Ep. 080 - Jill Ellis, 2-13-2024

Jill Ellis – 2024 VSHF Inductee

We are OFFICIALLY in 2024 Induction season! Join the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and its #HallCallPodcast as we catch up with 2024 Inductee, Jill Ellis. Jill’s journey has taken her from the UK to Northern Virginia, to William & Mary, and eventually the top of the world as a 2x World Cup winning manager with the US Women’s National Team (2015 and 2019). A successful head coach and manager at the collegiate and international levels, Ellis is now the Team President for the San Diego Wave in the NWSL. Ellis and the rest of the Class of 2024 will be inducted, April 20 in Henrico County, but the excitement is starting to build with #HallCall.

Hall Call Ep. 079 - LaTasha Colander Clark, 2-6-2024

LaTasha Colander Clark – 2014 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Portsmouth, VA native, and 2014 VSHF Inductee, LaTasha Colander Clark, garnered 8 All-American honors during her NCAA career at UNC Chapel-Hill, before becoming an Olympic champion, winning gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2000 Sydney Games. She’ll join #HallCall to talk Olympic preparations, as well as her career away from the track, including her own podcast, Christ Talk.

Hall Call Ep. 078 - Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, 1-10-2024

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley – 1998 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

1998 VSHF Inductee, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, blazed a trail on the track becoming the 1st African-American woman to win Olympic gold in the 100m hurdles. Now she is making her impact in the community as the CEO of Multiplying Good. In her post athletic career she has highlighted the values and benefits of sports participation through numerous philanthropic endeavors. On this episode of the #HallCall Interview Series we will discuss her accomplishments on and off the track.

Hall Call Ep. 077 - Lanny Wadkins, 1-9-2024

Lanny Wadkins, 1996 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

1996 VSHF Inductee, Lanny Wadkins, joined the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss the changing landscape in professional golf. With the PGA and LIV Tours fighting for supremacy, Wadkins shared his insight on the future of professional golf. Wadkins is a 21 time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1977 PGA Championship. He is a 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee.

Hall Call Ep. 076 - Jerome Kersey, 11-17-2023

Rohn Brown & Bryan Kersey

2008 VSHF Inductee, Jerome Kersey, rose from humble beginnings in Clarksville, VA to become an NBA Champion. Through his time growing up in Clarksville to attending college at Longwood, and NBA stops with Portland, Golden State, LA Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio, and Milwaukee, Kersey made an impact on many of the people he came across. While he sadly passed away in 2015, his life is remembered through the recent book “Jerome Kersey: Overcoming the Odds”, by 6x Oregon Sportswriter of the Year, Kerry Eggers. On this episode of #HallCall, we will catch up with two people impacted by Kersey, Rohn Brown and Bryan Kersey, both of whom were at Longwood during Jerome Kersey’s 4 years on campus.

Hall Call Ep. 075 - George Allen, 11-3-2023

George Allen & Mike Richman 

1998 VSHF Inductee, George Allen, is the only head coach in NFL history with at least 10 seasons in charge on the sidelines to not experience a losing season. The 2002 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee had a tenacity that led him from small colleges to the NFL. Now his life and journey have been chronicled in the new book, “George Allen: A Football Life”. On the next episode of the #HallCall Interview Series we will catch up with the author, Mike Richman, as well as the former Governor of Virginia, George Allen, and dive in to the life and legacy of the legendary coach. Richman has authored numerous books detailing the history of the Washington Redskins now Commanders franchise.

Hall Call Ep. 074 - Jake Ciely, 08-29-2023

Jake Ciely – Sr. Fantasy Writer, The Athletic

Award winning Senior Fantasy Sports Writer for The Athletic, Jake Ciely, will join the #HallCall Interview Series to help get you ready for your fantasy football draft. Ciely is consistently ranked as one of the top fantasy football prognosticators in the country, and brings his expertise to the #HallCall Interview Series for the 5th consecutive year.

Hall Call Ep. 073 - Ronde Barber, 2014 VSHF Inductee, 7-25-2023

Ronde Barber – 2014 VSHF Inductee

Roanoke native and 2014 VSHF Inductee, Ronde Barber, was a cornerstone on defense for both the University of Virginia and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The ACC Freshman of the Year, and 3x All-ACC, went on to become a 3x 1st Team All-Pro, 5x Pro Bowl Selection, and member of the NFL’s All-2000’s Team. Now 11 years after his retirement he will receive the highest honor from the league when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, August 5. He joined the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss his amazing career and upcoming induction.

Hall Call Ep. 072 - Dre Bly, 2017 VSHF Inductee, 6-28-2023

Dre Bly – 2017 VSHF Inductee

2017 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Dre Bly, had plenty of success on the gridiron. The Chesapeake native and Western Branch High School alum, was a 2x consensus All-American for North Carolina Tar Heels Football, and 2x Pro Bowl selection across 11-season in the NFL. A member of the Super Bowl XXXIV Champion St. Louis Rams, Bly has now taken his talents to the sidelines. After 4 seasons on staff at his alma mater, Bly is entering his first season as an NFL coach with the Detroit Lions. He’ll join the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss his transition from player to coach, and much more!

Hall Call Ep. 071 - DeAngelo Hall, 2023 VSHF Inductee, 4-12-2023

DeAngelo Hall – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF inductee, DeAngelo Hall, starred for Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, VA before an All-American career for Virginia Tech Football. The #8 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, played 14 seasons in the NFL, primarily for the Commanders franchise, was named to 3 Pro Bowl teams, and finished his career with 43 interceptions. He’ll join the #HallCall Interview Series to look back at his career, and ahead to the 2023 Induction Weekend!

Hall Call Ep. 070 - Ryan Zimmerman, 2023 VSHF Inductee, 4-11-2023

Ryan Zimmerman – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF inductee, Ryan Zimmerman, has gone from baseball phenom in Virginia Beach, to All-ACC at the University of Virginia, to 2x All-Star and Washington Nationals legend. Now, “Mr. National” is about to become a Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee. He joined the #HallCall Interview Series to talk about his stellar career.

Hall Call Ep. 069 - Sheila Trice-Myers, 2023 VSHF Inductee, 3-27-2023

Sheila Trice-Myers – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF inductee, Sheila Trice-Myers, has a resume that is unmatched in NCAA Division-III history. The Louisa County native and Christopher Newport University alumnus earned 30 All-American honors, won 23 conference championships, and 15 national championships during her time with the Captains Track & Field program. Among her accolades she is one of only two competitors, Jesse Owens being the other, to win 4 national championships in different events at a single NCAA championship. Her 55-meter dash record, set in 1989, still stands to this day. Trice-Myers will join us on the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss her career, and upcoming induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Hall Call Ep. 068 - Bob Rotanz, 2023 VSHF Inductee, 3-24-2023

Bob Rotanz – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF inductee, Bob Rotanz, is one of just two players in Roanoke College Men’s Lacrosse history to win National Player of the Year honors, a feat he accomplished in 1978. That same season, Rotanz also took home National Defensive Player of the Year honors, and helped lead the Maroons to the NCAA D-II National Championship, scoring the winning goal in a 14-13 victory over Hobart College. The New York native has since made his home in Southwest Virginia, and his commitment to his community and alma mater have seen him receive the Roanoke College Medal, the highest achievement for Maroon alumni. Rotanz joined the #HallCall Interview Series as we continue to ramp up to the 2023 Induction Weekend in Virginia Beach!

Hall Call Ep. 067 - Joe Montgomery, 2023 Distinguished Virginian Award recipient, 3-9-2023

Joe Montgomery – 2023 Distinguished Virginian Award Recipient

2023 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Virginian Award recipient, Joe Montgomery, has found success from the gridiron to the boardroom. An All-American center for William & Mary
football in the 1970’s, Montgomery has since been honored by the Rimington Trophy with its Gerald. R. Ford Legends Award for his continuing commitment to his alma mater and many other philanthropic endeavors. As we continue to look ahead to the 2023 Induction Weekend in Virginia Beach, we caught up with this year’s Distinguished Virginian on the #HallCall Interview Series

Hall Call Ep. 066 - Francena McCorory, 2023 Inductee, 3-1-2023

Francena McCorory – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF Inductee, Francena McCorory, has topped the medal podium at all levels of her career. First as a record setting high school track and field star for Bethel High School in Hampton, VA, then as a National Champion for her hometown Hampton University Pirates, and ultimately as a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist for USA Track and Field. Now as we continue the countdown to 2023 Induction Weekend, McCorory joined the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss her celebrated career and upcoming induction.

Hall Call Ep. 065 - Shawn Moore, 2023 Inductee, 2-6-2023

Shawn Moore – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF Inductee 2023 Shawn Moore, is a Virginia football legend. Coming out of Martinsville on the Southside of Virginia, Moore, would go on to set dozens of school, conference, and NCAA records at quarterback for the University of Virginia football program. The 1990 ACC Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist became “one of the most important recruits in UVA Football
history” according to Hall of Fame Coach George Welsh. This April, Moore adds Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee to that resume.

Hall Call Ep. 064 - Jerry Ratcliffe, 2023 Inductee, 1-31-2023

Jerry Ratcliffe – 2023 VSHF Inductee

2023 VSHF Inductee, Jerry Ratcliffe, has spent 5 decades covering sports in Virginia. The 4x Virginia Sportswriter of the Year is best known for his coverage of ACC sports and specifically the
University of Virginia. Moving from print to digital media in 2018, Ratcliffe continues to provide expert insight on all things UVA. As we gear up for 2023 Induction Weekend, Ratcliffe recently joined the #HallCall Interview Series to talk about his journey from beat reporter to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Hall Call Ep. 063 - David Driver, Author, 1-5-2023

David Driver – Author

The #HallCall Interview Series begins anew in 2023, with a look at the past, present, and future of the National Pastime in the Commonwealth. We caught up with David Driver, author of From Tidewater To The Shenandoah: Snapshots From Virginia’s Rich Baseball Legacy. Driver’s book provides a deep-dive into a state that has produced 5 Cooperstown inductees, numerous World Series stars, and continues to be a pipeline for MLB level talent. We’ll also discuss the rich history of the minor leagues here in Virginia. Be sure to join us on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook Live for this discussion that is sure to scratch the baseball itch for those eagerly awaiting pitchers and catchers reporting!

Hall Call Ep. 062 - Thomas Jones, 2018 VSHF Inductee, 10-27-2022

Thomas Jones – 2018 VSHF Inductee

Whether it was Powell Valley High School, the University of Virginia, or the National Football League, 2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Thomas Jones, knew how to run the football. The record setting running back from Big Stone Gap, VA is one of just thirty-one players in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards. 11-years removed from a stellar NFL career, Jones is now tackling life after football and putting a spotlight on the challenges and change in mindset many of his peers face once their playing days are over. Jones has served as Executive Producer on Amazon Prime’s “Life After” docuseries, which follows twelve retired NFL players as they face a new chapter of their lives following their professional football careers. The 8-part series premiered on October 18 and tackles many topics such as mental health and identity struggles, all while showing the strength of the human spirit. Jones joined the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss the series, and his own transition away from the playing field.

Hall Call Ep. 061 - Luke Ryker, Track Heroes, 9-7-2022

Luke Ryker – Founder, Track Heroes 

Mental wellness in the military veteran and first responder communities is a growing challenge. Many within these ranks suffer daily with conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and stress, as they transition to civilian life. On this episode of the #HallCall Interview Series, we’ll learn about a new program based here in Virginia aimed at tackling this issue through the power of SPEED. Luke Ryker is a decorated Air Force veteran and founder of Track Heroes, a program that uses High Performance Driver Education events at Virginia based racetracks to improve the mental wellness outlook for this vital community. On this edition of the #HallCall Interview Series, we learn more about the link between power and speed, and mental wellness.

Hall Call Ep. 060 - Fantasy Football with Jake Ciely, 8-30-2022

Jake Ciely, Sr. Fantasy Writer for The Athletic

As the dog days of summer wind down, millions and millions of sports fans are gearing up for their favorite season…Fantasy Football Season! As training camps come to a close, and kickoff to the NFL season approaches, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame wants to make sure you are armed with knowledge as you prepare for your fantasy draft or drafts (plural). Join the Hall of Fame as it continues its #HallCall Interview Series, with award winning fantasy sports writer, Jake Ciely. Jake is an award-winning Senior Fantasy Sports Writer for The Athletic and he’ll join us to help get you prepped for your fantasy football draft! You can follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid

Hall Call Ep. 059 - Richmond, VA & Ted Lasso, 8-19-2022

Brian Edmonds, Rob Ukrop (2016 VSHF Inductee), & Jon Laaser

Apple TV+ hit series, “Ted Lasso”, tells the tale of an American college football coach transitioning to English football, when he takes the reigns of AFC Richmond. The series has become a critical and commercial success through 2-seasons with its combination of humor and storytelling. While the series has gained notoriety around the world, a group of Richmond (VA) based businesses want to bring AFC Richmond to the capital of the Commonwealth. The 288 Group along with The Richmond Kickers, Virginia Film Office, Richmond Region Tourism, and Virginia Tourism Corporation, are pitching the creators of Ted Lasso, on a unique exhibition featuring the hometown Kickers and AFC Richmond. On the next edition of the #HallCall Interview Series, we’ll catch up with representatives from the Richmond, VA group including VSHF inductee, Rob Ukrop, Brian Edmonds from The 288 Group, and former broadcaster Jon Laaser, to learn more on the development of this idea, and how they hope to get Richmond vs AFC Richmond on the pitch.

Hall Call Ep. 058 - Jim Ducibella, 7-15-2022

Jim Ducibella – 2010 VA Sports HOF Inductee

The Hall Call Interview Series rolls on, as we catch-up with 2010 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Ducibella. Ducibella was named Virginia Sportswriter of the Year 6-times during his time with the Virginian-Pilot. Known for his extensive coverage of the Washington Commanders and golf, Ducibella can provide perspective on both as they find themselves entrenched in the current news cycle. The Commanders find themselves embroiled in continuous scandal as they look to find a home for a new stadium, and the sport of golf has been turned upside down as LIV vs PGA takes center stage. Join us on July 15 for the next episode of the Hall Call Interview Series.

Hall Call Ep. 057 - Pat Montgomery, 7-7-2022

Pat Montgomery, Author “The Baseball Miracle of Towny Townsend and the Splendid 6”

The game of baseball is known as the national pastime, but here in Virginia current interest is extremely high. Over the past two decades, MLB fields have been filled with players that call the Commonwealth home, and for a group of players from Hampton Roads, they all have one thing in common, coach Towny Townsend. Townsend, an elite prospect once himself, used a combination of unique viewpoints and methods to develop a golden generation of baseball stars. The Splendid 6 as they became known, would go on to play in over 8,000 games and receive 15 All-Star nods. Townsend passed away in 2007, but his legacy lives on through the Splendid 6, Michael Cuddyer, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, B.J. and Justin Upton. On this edition of the Hall Call Interview Series, we will catch-up with Pat Montgomery, author of the new book The Baseball Miracle of the Splendid 6 and Towny Townsend.

Hall Call Ep. 056 - Jon Lugbill 3-30-2022

Jon Lugbill, 2022 VSHF Inductee

As we look ahead to 2022 Induction Weekend, our next edition of the #HallCall Interview Series will feature one of our incoming inductees, Jon Lugbill. Lugbill is a legend and pioneer in the whitewater canoe slalom discipline. Out of Oakton High School in Northern Virginia, Lugbill is the only paddler ever to win 12 World Championship gold medals in the sports. The University of Virginia graduate is not only considered to be the best paddler ever, but also one of its greatest innovators through his boat design work which revolutionized the sport of slalom racing.

Hall Call Ep. 055 - Anthony Poindexter 3-17-2022

Anthony Poindexter, 2022 VSHF Inductee

2022 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Anthony Poindexter, is widely known as one of the best football talents to come out of the Commonwealth. The Forest, VA native was a dominant force for both Jefferson Forest High School and the University of Virginia. While injuries may have derailed further accolades, the 3x All-ACC selection will be recognized by the official sports Hall of Fame for the Commonwealth of Virginia this coming April. The current Co-Defensive Coordinator for Penn State Football will join #HallCall and look ahead to the upcoming induction.

Hall Call Ep. 054 - Maia Chaka 3-14-2022

NFL Official – Maia Chaka

Maia Chaka made history prior to the 2021 NFL season, when she became the first African-American woman hired as an on-field official for NFL games. The Norfolk State University graduate began her climb to the NFL in 2007 by officiating high school games, eventually making her way to NCAA Division-I fields, and ultimately NFL stadiums. When she is not making split second decisions on the football field, she is back home in Hampton Roads molding young minds with An Achievable Dream Academy. Chaka will join #HallCall to talk about her first year with the NFL and her continued commitment to community.

Hall Call Ep. 053 - Adonis Lattimore 3-2-2022

VHSL State Wrestling Champion – Adonis Lattimore

Last week, Landstown High School wrestler Adonis Lattimore captured the VHSL Class 6 State Wrestling championship at the 106-lb weight division. A state championship is an amazing accomplishment on its own, but doing so without the use of legs is a feat unto itself. Lattimore was born without a left leg, a partial right leg, and only one finger on his right hand yet still found a way to hone a skill that led him to the top of the podium. Lattimore and his coach James Sanderlin will join the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss his journey to the state championship.

Hall Call Ep. 052 - Sonny Allen 1-20-2022

Billy Allen & Harry Minium – 2022 inductee, Sonny Allen

2022 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Sonny Allen, was a champion on and off the basketball court. As head coach of Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball for 10 seasons, he led the Monarchs to countless victories and a 1975 NCAA Division-II Championship. Off the court, he advocated for social change in college athletics, helping to desegregate college sports in Virginia. Allen passed away in 2020, but his legacy lives on as he gains induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this coming April. His son, Billy Allen, and Harry Minium from Old Dominion University will join the #HallCall Interview Series to discuss Coach Allen’s life and legacy.

Hall Call Ep. 051 - David Teel 12-14-2021

David Teel – 2014 VSHF Inductee

The college sports landscape in Virginia changed dramatically in 2021. From high profile positions being vacated and filled, to the Commonwealth being in the middle of another round of conference musical chairs, fans of Virginia’s colleges and universities will have a different outlook in the years ahead. Who better to help us assess the changes, and get us prepared for what’s to come than 2014 VSHF inductee, David Teel. The 13x Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, and current columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch will bring his insight and perspective to the next edition of the #HallCall Interview Series.

Hall Call Ep. 050 - Herman Moore 11-9-2021

Herman Moore – 2010 VSHF Inductee

2010 VSHF Inductee Herman Moore spent years terrorizing defensive backs as a record setting wide receiver at the University of Virginia, and in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Recently Moore and his UVA teammates were featured in ‘We’re #1!’ a documentary on the ACC Network profiling the historic 1990 ACC Football Season. Moore will join #HallCall to discuss the legacy built at UVA during his years there, and his commitment to community in his post-playing days.

Hall Call Ep. 049 - Beth Anders 11-3-2021

Beth Anders – 2017 VSHF Inductee

2017 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Beth Anders created a championship culture with Old Dominion University Field Hockey from the ground up. Over 30-seasons at the helm, Anders led ODU to a record 9 National Championships. On top of an unprecedented and unmatched run of success, Anders has now put her coaching philosophy and principles on paper with her recent book ‘Develop Teams, Wins Follow’. She’ll join #HallCall to discuss going from player and coach, to published author.

Hall Call Ep. 048 - Chelisa Painter 9-27-2021

Chelisa Painter – NBA G-League Referee

Chesapeake native Chelisa Painter has been making an impact on the basketball court since middle school. An All-Southeastern District performer at Indian River High School, Painter then became a key contributor for Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball in the mid-teens. After playing professionally overseas, Painter is looking to continue her career on the court, but in a different capacity as an official. Painter has been selected to officiate NBA G-League and NCAA D-I games for the upcoming season. She joined #HallCall to discuss her transition from playing to officiating

Hall Call Ep. 047 - Larry Rubama 9-23-2021

Larry Rubama – The Virginian-Pilot

The sports world was saddened to learn of the recent passing of legendary football star, Roger Brown. A 1997 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Brown was an imposing force on the football field, but more importantly a pillar in his Southeastern Virginia community. On this edition of #HallCall we take a look back at his career and legacy with Virginian-Pilot Sports Columnist, Larry Rubama.

Hall Call Ep. 046 - Jake Ciely 9-2-2021

Jake Ciely – The Athletic

Football season doesn’t mean the action is exclusive to field. 75 million people also participate in fantasy football leagues. To help people get ready for their drafts, and look ahead to potential in season pickups, we caught up with award winning fantasy sports writer, Jake Ciely. Jake is a Senior Writer for The Athletic.

Hall Call Ep. 045 - Tony Brothers 8-24-2021

Tony Brothers – NBA Referee

Norfolk native, Tony Brothers, recently completed his 27th season as a referee in the National Basketball Association. His final assignment for the 2021-2022 season was Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Booker T. Washington High School and Old Dominion University alumnus, has seen almost everything during his time in the NBA, but the past 18 months have been unlike anything in sports. Brothers will join the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss the challenges of the past two seasons, and the future of the NBA game.

Hall Call Ep. 044 - Brandon Elliott 7-15-2021

Brandon Elliott – Virginia Wesleyan University, Head Softball Coach

After a disappointing end to a promising 2020 softball season due to COVID, Virginia Wesleyan University softball returned in 2021 and claimed their 3rd NCAA D-III National Championship in 5 seasons. Guiding the team through not only the pandemic, but another championship winning season is head coach Brandon Elliott. Over the course of his 14 seasons at the helm, Elliott has turned the program into a national powerhouse with 8 ODAC Championships to go along with the 3 national titles.

Hall Call Ep. 043 - Michael Cuddyer 7-6-2021

Michael Cuddyer – 2018 VSHF Inductee

Chesapeake native, Michael Cuddyer is a 2018 VSHF inductee, and 2x MLB All-Star. No stranger to a baseball diamond, later this summer he will help lead the USA Baseball 18U National Team during the U18 World Cup in Florida. On the next episode of the #HallCall Interview Series, we will catch up with the Virginia native on his new role teaching the game to the next generation of superstars.

Hall Call Ep. 042 - Ralph Sampson 6-14-2021

Ralph Sampson – 1996 VSHF Inductee

1996 VSHF and 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, made a career of dominating defenders in the low post. Now the Virginia basketball legend hosts his Center Court podcast, and focuses on charitable endeavors through his Sampson Family Foundation and Sampson Basketball Academy.

Hall Call Ep. 041 - Minor League Baseball: On Deck 4-27-2021

Minor League Baseball: On Deck (Virtual Forum)

Minor League Baseball touches all corners of Virginia, yet our stadiums have sat empty for over a year as a result of the pandemic. Following a year without baseball and an overhaul of the minor leagues system, what can baseball fans in Virginia expect as we approach the first ‘first pitch’ since 2019? Minor League Baseball: On Deck features executives from 5 professional baseball teams in Virginia to discuss the past, present, and future of the sport in the Commonwealth.

Hall Call Ep. 040 - James Paige 4-21-2021

James Paige – Director of Golf Operations, Kingsmill Resort

The Director of Golf Operations at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss the return of professional golf to the famed River Course, May 17-23 with the LPGA Pure Silk Championship. We also discussed the course’s historical ties, and what makes it one of the great venues in Virginia golf.

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Hall Call Ep. 039 - Dennis Bickmeier 4-1-2021

Dennis Bickmeier – President, Richmond Raceway

Taking over as President of Richmond Raceway in 2011, Dennis Bickmeier, has overseen a renaissance for the legendary short track. One of the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, now offers fans modern engagement opportunities. After a year without fans however, Richmond Raceway is ready to host one of the first large scale sporting events in the Commonwealth with eased COVID restrictions. Bickmeier joined #HallCall, to discuss all of the excitement taking place at Richmond Raceway as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

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Hall Call Ep. 038 - Larry LeGrande 3-4-2021

Larry LeGrande – Negro Leagues Veteran

Roanoke native, Larry LeGrande, is one of the few remaining veterans who played in the Negro Leagues of Baseball. A .300 hitter during his time with the Memphis Red Sox, Detroit Stars, and Kansas City Monarchs, LeGrande was known for having one of the most accurate arms in the game. LeGrande will join #HallCall to talk about the history of the Negro Leagues and his time spent playing with the Satchel Paige All-Stars, among other topics.

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Hall Call Ep. 037 - Doug Doughty 2-18-2021

Doug Doughty – 2018 VSHF Inductee

2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Doughty, recently announced his retirement from the Roanoke Times after 47 years. The 3x Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, has a unique perspective of sports in Commonwealth. We’ll catch up with the recently retired Doughty, and discuss some of his favorite memories from covering sports across 6 decades.

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Hall Call Ep. 036 - Lindsay Shoop 2-4-2021

Lindsay Shoop – Olympic Gold Medalist (Rowing)

A native of Charlottesville, VA, Lindsay Shoop, joined the University of Virginia rowing team where she was an NCAA Division-I All-American. Following college, Shoop was selected for the U.S. National Team and over a 5-year period helped lead the Women’s Eight to 3 World Championships and a Gold Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Shoop’s recently released memoir titled Better Great Than Never, details her unlikely introduction to rowing, her successes, as well as her mental health struggles through what she describes as “self imposed limitations”.

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Hall Call Ep. 035 - Matt Hatfield 12-15-2020

Matt Hatfield –

Recruiting. Recruiting. Recruiting. College football season lasts 4 months, but “recruiting season” is 365/24/7. With the early signing period beginning December 16th, we thought we’d get you up to speed on who’s going where, and the battles for in-state talent. Matt Hatfield from joined Hall Call to give us the inside scoop on all things recruiting in the Commonwealth.

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Hall Call Ep. 034 - Brad Bankston 12-11-2020

Brad Bankston – Commissioner, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

In March 2020, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, like all others suspended athletic competition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere was the ODAC’s impact felt more than here in Virginia, as 14 of the 16 member institutions call the Commonwealth home. In November, the ODAC announced its plans for a return to play beginning January 23, 2021 with men’s and women’s basketball. Additionally, ALL sports; fall, winter, and spring, will be featured during the spring semester. Conference Commissioner, Brad Bankston, joined the Hall Call Interview series to discuss the conference’s decision, and what sport fans can expect when play resumes in 2021.

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Hall Call Ep. 033 - David Wright 11-16-2020

David Wright – 2020 VSHF Inductee

David Wright played 14 seasons in MLB for the New York Mets. The 7x N.L. All-Star chronicled his journey from little league fields in Hampton Roads to professional baseball in the Big Apple through his recently released book, The Captain: A Memoir. Wright joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss his career, the injuries that stripped him of much of his ability, and the message he hopes to provides to those who read The Captain.

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Hall Call Ep. 032 - Anthony DiComo 11-10-2020

Anthony DiComo – New York Mets Beat Writer,

Anthony DiComo has covered the New York Mets for since 2007, and recently co-authored The Captain: A Memoir, with Virginia native, Mets legend, and 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, David Wright. DiComo spent countless hours with David, and those close to him, helping to provide insight into one of the greatest baseball talents to come from Virginia.

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Hall Call Ep. 031 - Lionsbridge F.C. 10-29-2020

Mike Vest and Chris Whalley – Lionsbridge F.C.

3 years ago professional soccer came to the city of Newport News, when Lionsbridge F.C. kicked off their inaugural season. The team was founded through the entrepreneurial spirit of it’s founder and owner, Mike Vest, and in a short period of time has garnered one of the more passionate followings in USL League 2. While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed LBFC down, it has not stopped them from finding success. Vest and Lionsbridge F.C. Head Coach, Chris Whalley joined Hall Call to discuss the success of the club, and soccer’s growing interest in North American sports.

Hall Call Ep. 030 -Sports Gambling in Virginia 10-6-2020

Dann Stupp – Lead Writer, Catena Media,

Online Sports Gambling officially became legal in the Commonwealth July 1, 2020, but with many details yet to be sorted out, what do the present and future hold for Virginians looking to get in on the action? Dann Stupp from joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss the ins and outs of sports gambling in VA.

Hall Call Ep. 029 - Wendell Scott Foundation 9-23-2020

Warrick Scott – CEO, Wendell Scott Foundation

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s Hall Call Interview Series continues with Warrick Scott, the grandson of VSHF inductee and NASCAR pioneer, Wendell Scott. Wendell Scott was the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. Scott and HoF Executive Director, Will Driscoll, discussed the work the Wendell Scott Foundation is doing to honor the life and career of Wendell Scott, and preserve his legacy.

Hall Call Ep. 028 - Fantasy Football Preview 9-1-2020

Jake Ciely – Senior Fantasy Writer, The Athletic

Join the Hall of Fame as it continues its Hall Call Interview Series, with award winning fantasy sports writer, Jake Ciely. Jake is a Senior Writer for The Athletic and he’ll join us to help get you prepped for your fantasy football draft!

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Hall Call Ep. 027 - Elizabeth Williams 7-27-2020

Elizabeth Williams – WNBA All-Star, Atlanta Dream

Williams, from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, joined Hall Call to talk about life in the WNBA’s bubble, and preparing for a season amid a global pandemic.

Hall Call Ep. 026 - Bob Rotella 7-20-2020

Dr. Bob Rotella – Sports Psychologist

Dr. Rotella is an internationally renowned sports psychologist, and has worked with top level athletes including Rory McIlroy and Lebron James, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Hall Call Ep. 025 - Daniel Hudson 5-21-2020

Daniel Hudson – Pitcher, Washington Nationals

Daniel Hudson, closed out the 2019 World Series victory for the Washington Nationals. Fast forward to May 2020, and the Nats had yet to take the field to defend their crown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hudson joined Hall Call to discuss the challenges and uncertainty facing the Nationals and MLB.

Hall Call Ep. 024 - Jeff Burton 5-6-2020

Jeff Burton – 2019 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

21x winner on NASCAR Cup Series circuit, and current NASCAR on NBC analyst, Jeff Burton joined Hall Call to discuss how NASCAR is preparing for its return to the track after hitting the brakes on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hall Call Ep. 023 - Sports Facilities 4-20-2020

Andy Ballard – Vice President, Eastern Sports Management

Sports facilities have been shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Ballard from Eastern Sports Management joins Hall Call to talk about how facility/league operators and tournament coordinators are adapting to this downturn? Eastern Sports Management manages 4 facilities in VA; The Virginia Beach Fieldhouse, The Fredericksburg Fieldhouse, The Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center, and The Virginia Beach Sports Center.

Hall Call Ep. 022 - Baseball Opening Day 4-6-2020

Todd “Parney” Parnell – VP/COO, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

Opening Day has a different look and feel this year, with no games on the schedule due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our friends at the Richmond Flying Squirrels are using this as an opportunity to thank those frontline workers fighting the pandemic. Hear what the team has in store to celebrate “Opening Day 2020”.

Hall Call Ep. 021 - Bob Rathbun 4-2-2020

Bob Rathbun – 2008 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee 

Bob Rathbun, lead broadcaster for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, joins Hall Call to discuss how the NBA is navigating the work stoppage due to COVID-19, and what he expects a return to play to look like.

Hall Call Ep. 020 - Brandon Elliott 3-30-2020

Brandon Elliott – Head Coach, Virginia Wesleyan University Softball

2x NCAA D-III National Championship winning coach, Brandon Elliott, joins Hall Call to discuss the disappointment of cancelling a promising season due to COVID-19, and how he still has to manage a nationally recognized program in a remote/virtual atmosphere.

Hall Call Ep. 019 - David Wright 3-10-2020

David Wright – 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

7x National League All-Star, David Wright, joins Hall Call to discuss his upcoming induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Wright is the New York Mets all-time leader in hits, doubles, R.B.I., and runs scored.

Hall Call Ep. 018 - Dennis Carter 3-6-2020

Dennis Carter – 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

Dennis Carter spent 4-decades covering in Virginia, primarily as Sports Director at WSET in Lynchburg, VA. The Danville native has covered some of the great moments and teams in Commonwealth sports history, and now he is a Virginia Sports Hall of Famer.

Hall Call Ep. 017 - Al Toon 2-27-2020

Al Toon – 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

Al Toon was a multisport athlete from Newport News, VA, excelling in both football and track and field. The All Big-10 performer in both sports at Wisconsin, went on to become a 3x All-Pro wide receiver for the New York Jets.

Hall Call Ep. 016 - Mike Cubbage 2-19-2020

Mike Cubbage – 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

A 3 sport star at Lane High School in Charlottesville, VA, Mike Cubbage was first scholarship baseball player in University of Virginia history, while also playing quarterback for the football team. Following college, Cubbage would embark on a journey in professional baseball that would last almost half a century, and culminate with his induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Hall Call Ep. 015 - Roland Lazenby 2-7-2020

Roland Lazenby – Basketball Author

The sports world was rocked with the news of the helicopter crash that took the life of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, and the lives of 8 others. Bryant was a polarizing figure during his career, and not many people were able to get closer to him than Virginia native, Roland Lazenby. Lazenby authored two biographies on the mercurial superstar; The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant (2000) and Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant (2016). Lazenby’s work provides readers unique access to one the greatest basketball players that ever lived, but also one of basketball’s most complicated characters.

Hall Call Ep. 014 - JMU Football 12-19-2019

Greg Madia – JMU Football Beat Writer

The most successful football team in Virginia in the 21st century has been the James Madison University Dukes. The Dukes football team, has appeared in 3 FCS Championship games, bringing home two national championships. The 2019 football Dukes are continuing that tradition of gridiron excellence, as they have advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 FCS playoffs. We catch up with Greg Madia from the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, VA to discuss the Dukes chances of winning another FCS National Championship.

Hall Call Ep. 013 - Commonwealth Cup 11-26-2019

David Teel – 2014 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

The state of Virginia’s preeminent rivalry takes to the gridiron for the 101st time as the University of Virginia host Virginia Tech battle for the Commonwealth Cup. While recent history has favored the Hokies in this battle for annual in-state bragging rights, the level of competition between the programs and their fans is at an all-time high. The 101st matchup has added incentive, as the winner will take home the Coastal Division Championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Joining us on the Hall Call Podcast to provide insight, perspective, and history into the rivalry is David Teel, a 12 time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year recipient, 2014 HoF inductee.

Hall Call Ep. 012 - Bill Roth 10-24-2019

Bill Roth – 2013 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

20 years ago, the Commonwealth was witness to one of the greatest teams in its storied sports history. The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team, led by Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer, and an array of talent in all phases of the game stormed through a perfect regular season and BIG East Championship to play for the BCS National Title against Florida State. While the Hokies came up short in their quest to bring a national championship to Blacksburg, the team’s legacy and impact on the Hokie program lives on two decades later. Joining us on his edition of the Hall Call podcast is 2013 HoF inductee, Bill Roth, who was the voice of Hokies during that special 1999 season.

Hall Call Ep. 011 - Michael Cuddyer 10-2-2019

Michael Cuddyer – 2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Cuddyer, has a unique perspective of the game of baseball. Cuddyer not only played the game for 30+ years, including 15 in Major League Baseball, but he now works in the front office of his former club, the Minnesota Twins, as a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations Department. On this edition of the Hall Call Podcast we catch up with Michael to talk about the team, its potential in the upcoming playoffs, and the shifting focus traditional statistics to advanced analytics, a shift that began during his 15 year MLB career.

Hall Call Ep. 010 - Rob Ukrop 9-25-2019

Rob Ukrop – 2016 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

The Richmond Kickers founded in 1993 have undergone many changes over the last 26 years, but the most recent one may be the most important. 2016 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Richmond Kickers alum, Rob Ukrop, spearheaded an effort in 2018 to take ownership of the franchise with his group 22 Holdings LLC.; approved in December of 2018. Ukrop, a Richmond native, joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about his transition from player to executive, the role the Kickers will play in Richmond’s sports identity, and how all levels of professional soccer can help the U.S. build towards the 2026 North American World Cup.

Hall Call Ep. 009 - Bob Pizzini 9-17-2019

Bob Pizzini – CEO IFLY Virginia Beach

Throughout the history of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, 334 individuals have gained induction representing 22 different sports. Sports that have not been represented to this point include ice hockey, figure skating, and indoor skydiving. In the coming years however, that could change due to the work being done by Virginia resident Bob Pizzini.

Pizzini is the current CEO of IFLY: Indoor Skydiving in Virginia Beach, and is spearheading a fundraising effort to build a brand new, state of the art ice facility in the resort city as well. Pizzini, a Wisconsin native, has always had a love for sports at his core. After serving in the military for 26 years, Pizzini settled in Virginia Beach and opened the IFLY facility, transforming it into a premier indoor skydiving event venue, hosting the last 3 U.S. Opens. In addition to that he has also led efforts in creating a national governing body for the sport to increase its profile internationally, with the goal of inclusion in future Olympic Games. Pizzini joined us on the Hall Call Podcast to discuss these initiatives and the evolution of the Virginia sports landscape.

Hall Call Ep. 008 - Ping Pong for Charity 9-10-2019

Ken Lees, Kenny Dennard – PingPong.Gives

From humble beginnings in 2008, the Table Tennis Charitable Foundation has grown its annual Ping Pong for Charity events from 12 “scratch and dent tables” to 30 professional grade tables and over 200 players. In the process, the events have increased their charitable donations from $5,000 in year one, to over $70,000 dollars last year which was then donated to five charitable organizations. The sport of Ping Pong itself has been scientifically proven to improve mental health and brain fitness for all ages, and the Ping Pong for Charity events focus on giving back to organizations that support similar initiatives. On this episode of the Hall Call Podcast we talk to the founder of the Table Tennis Charitable Foundation, Ken Lees, and former Duke Basketball star Kenny Dennard, as they tell the story of Ping Pong for Charity.

Hall Call Ep. 007 - Charity Bowl 9-4-2019

Priority Toyota Charity Bowl

For over a half century, the Charity Bowl has been played in Southeastern Virginia, with the goal of helping those in need. Recognized as the oldest charitable football game in the United States, the game itself and its support for local charities almost came to an end around 2010. With the help of two Charity Bowl alums, Ray Potter and Orlando Goodhope, and the support of local businessman Dennis Ellmer, the Charity Bowl received new life in 2010, and in 2019 alone donated over $400,000 to 35 local charities. On this edition of the Hall Call Podcast, we present the story of the Priority Toyota Charity Bowl.

Hall Call Ep. 006 - Jake Ciely 8-30-2019

Jake Ciely – Senior Fantasy Writer, The Athletic

Here in Virginia, we are lucky to have a rising star in the coverage of fantasy football calling the Commonwealth home. Jake Ciely, a native of Virginia Beach and an award winning senior fantasy writer for The Athletic, brings his knowledge, rankings, and insight to the Hall Call Podcast. For his career, Jake is No. 1 in fantasy baseball ranking accuracy, and top-5 in football, including first overall in 2017. His research and perspective on the fantasy game takes you well beyond the projected box score and into your draft war room.

Hall Call Ep. 005 - Murray Cook 8-15-2019

Murray Cook – MLB Field Consultant

Murray Cook, a native of Salem, and Major League Baseball’s Field and Stadium Consultant, has been helping MLB take the game to far-away places for the better part of 30-years. He has shown the ability to convert existing stadiums into baseball fields, such as with the recent London Series, as well as develop stadiums out of nothing, much like he did at Fort Bragg in 2012. Whether it’s an existing field, a cricket pitch, soccer stadium, or even an abandoned golf course, Cook has converted it to a baseball diamond fit for the best players in the world. Cook joined the Hall Call podcast to talk about his experience, growing the game, and the next frontier for MLB.

Hall Call Ep. 004 - Nancy Lieberman 8-5-2019

Nancy Lieberman – 1992 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

1992 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Nancy Lieberman, is what you would call a basketball lifer, and a successful one at that. A native of New York, Lieberman was a 3-time All-American, and 2-time National Champion with Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball, represented her country for USA Basketball, played in the WNBA, and has served numerous roles as a coach and commentator. Currently, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer is setting a new standard in the BIG3 Basketball League. Now in her second season as head coach of Team Power, Lieberman made history when she was hired last year as the first female head coach in a men’s professional sports league. Lieberman joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about her basketball journey, and her role in highlighting equality, opportunity, and inclusion in sports.

Hall Call Ep. 003 - Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker 7-31-2019

Ed Miller – Virginian Pilot

Ed Miller, longtime writer for the Virginia Pilot in Southeastern Virginia joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about the life and legacy of boxing legend, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. Miller, through his work with the Virginian Pilot, covered Sweet Pea closely for over 20-years, and brings an intimate knowledge of Whitaker as not just a fighter, but as a human being.

The 2007 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, and 2011 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee was tragically killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in Virginia Beach in July. The Norfolk native dominated every level of boxing becoming an amateur champion, and 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, and eventually a world champion in four different weight divisions. Whitaker is generally regarded as one of the greatest fighters of not only his generation, but all-time.

Hall Call Ep. 002 - Thomas Jones 7-22-2019

Thomas Jones – 2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

2018 Virginia Sports Hall of inductee, Thomas Jones, joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about his football career, and his transition to acting following his time on the gridiron.

Jones, a native a Big Stone Gap, VA began playing football near the coal mines of Southwest VA and eventually became the University of Virginia’s all-time leading rusher. What followed was a 12-year NFL career, that saw him become one of only 31 running backs in NFL history to eclipse the 10,000 yard mark.

Following football, Jones began to try his hand in the entertainment industry initially writing and producing a tv show of his own. He soon caught the acting bug, and has featured in popular tv shows such as Shameless, Being Mary Jane, and Luke Cage, as well as movies including a feature role in 2017’s A Violent Man.

Hall Call Ep. 001 - Curtis Strange 7-15-2019

Curtis Strange – 2004 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s Executive Director, Will Driscoll, speaks to 2004 Hall of Fame inductee and golf legend, Curtis Strange. With golf as a backdrop, topics range from the upcoming 2019 British Open, the 1999 collapse by Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie, and the state of golf in 2019 (Spoiler Alert: He’s excited!).

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