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Sam Snead has won more golf tournaments than anyone.  At a young age, he caddied at a golf club near his home, and with the support of some club members he went to California in 1937 to compete on the professional golf circuit.  He earned five second-place finishes in tournaments that first year, including a […]

Joseph C. Palumbo ranks beside Bullet Bill Dudley when naming the all time greats at the University of Virginia.  He is considered the best defensive guard ever to wear a Cavalier uniform. During Palumbo’s three varsity years, Virginia won 23 and lost only five games.  He was selected to the Associated Press and NEA All-American […]

James C. “Jimmy” Leech, born in Lexington, Virginia became Virginia Military Institute’s first bona-fide All-American football player.  He entered VMI in the fall of 1916 and graduated in 1920 scoring an unbelievable 210 points that year, while leading VMI to an undefeated year with wins over such powers as North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Virginia Tech, […]

Chandler Harper has won 7 championships on the pro golf tour and has finished second in 13 others.  His most prestigious victory was the National PGA Championship in 1950, at the time still a match play tournament.   Much of the golf world remembers him for the big one he did not win.  In 1953 […]

Robert L. “Bobby” Dodd was born in Galax, Virginia on November 11, 1908.  He moved to Kingsport, Tennessee at an early age and attended the University of Tennessee where he earned his football playing fame.  He won nine letters at the University of Tennessee, while participating in football, baseball, basketball, and track.  After graduation, Dodd […]

C. Hunter Carpenter, alias Mr. Walter Brown, entered Virginia Polytechnic in 1898. He used the alias of the fictitious Walter Brown during his early days at VPI because his father had forbidden him to play football. This young man who was to become known as “The Greatest Gobbler Of Them All,” was born in 1833 […]