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Deacon Phillipe was born in Rural Retreat, Virginia on May 22, 1872. As a right-hander for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903, he was the first World Series pitcher to win three games and the only pitcher ever to complete the five games he started in a single World Series. Phillipe spent all but one of […]

In four years at Virginia Tech, George Preas helped turn the Hokies from a winless football team into an undefeated one.  That achievement was typical of the success Preas enjoyed throughout a long career in the game.  From his sandlot days at Roanoke’s Fallon Park until he retired 21 years later from the Baltimore Colts, […]

Considered one of the finest athletes in the history of William and Mary, Glenn Knox was one of the most honored two sport stars ever at the college.  The Niota, Tennessee native transferred to William and Mary from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1940 and turned in outstanding performances in both football and basketball for the Indians. […]

Known as the “Father of the Oyster Bowl”, Blassingham conceived the idea of the game to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospital while in the hospital himself, recovering from a heart attack in 1936.  The Oyster Bowl began to truly take shape when Blassingham met fellow Shriner and Portsmouth native, Bill Kaufman.  Kaufman had moved […]

Al Casey, born in Portsmouth, Virginia, was confined to a wheel chair and unable to speak clearly when he learned of his induction to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He promised to be present at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and was. In 1928, when Casey was a senior at Wilson High School […]