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Joe Herbert Weatherly attended Norview Elementary, James Madison, and Maury High School in Norfolk and at the age of fifteen acquired his first motorcycle. On December 12, 1942, Weatherly, who had been employed by Pepsi Cola in Winston-Salem, N.C. as a transport truck driver, entered the U.S. Army. On November 23, 1945, he received an […]

Richard A. “Captain Dick” Smith was a legend at Washington & Lee University where he served as Athletic Director from 1921 to his retirement in 1954.  Smith coached baseball at W&L for 30 years from 1922-52, during which time his teams compiled a record of 248 wins, 253 losses and 7 ties.  Captain Dick also […]

Vic Raschi, one of baseball’s all-time great pitchers with the New York Yankees, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He is remembered by many as the “Springfield Rifle” and by countless thousands of others as one of the top clutch pitchers in his or any other major league era. Enrolling at the College of William and […]

Known in his days at Virginia Military Institute as “Joltin Joe”, Joseph Muha’s feats are unparalleled in the history of football at VMI.  He was Rat and varsity captain, all-state as a freshman and all-state three years as a varsity player.  Muha was All-Southern Conference and captain of the Southern all-star team, received honorable mention […]

If any man has ever truly been a living legend it is Julius Conn, Virginia’s premier track and basketball coach at Newport News High School for over 40 years.  A native of Newport News and one of seven children, Julie Conn spent 56 years in his city’s school system as student, athlete, coach and athletic […]

Carroll Wayne Dale attended Virginia Tech from 1956 to 1959 and has been called as one of the finest ever to play at Blacksburg. He played in 40 consecutive games as both offensive and defensive end. He missed only two practice sessions in his four years at Tech and was the fastest on the Gobbler […]

Jean McLean Davis did more in the first 17 years of her life than most of us do in a lifetime.  She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1929 and rode her first pony at the age of two. By the age of 10, Davis had competed in her first horse show. At the age […]

Vinny Giles, a native of Lynchburg, has placed his name with the elite by winning the amateur championships of America and Britain.  Giles began winning in competitive golf at such an early age that he appears to be an old established pro. Giles captured his first Virginia Amateur Championship in 1962 and his sixth in […]