Class of 2017

Paul Shu was a star athlete at George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia before attending Virginia Military Institute. Shu was the first Virginia Military Cadet to letter in four sports, football, baseball, basketball and track. He earned the nickname of “Pounding Paul” during his football days at Virginia Military Institute. In 1937 and 1938, […]

Penelope Anderson McBride’s love affair with the game of tennis began at the age of eight. She started hitting a tennis ball against the back of the house in Richmond, Virginia, where she began to blossom into one of the best women tennis players Virginia ever produced. She captured the National Girl’s Doubles championship in […]

McCullough began his baseball career as an infielder with his hometown Nashville American Legion Team at the age of 17.  He spent the next 40 years in the game.  As an 18-year-old in 1935, McCullough was picked up as a professional, playing in both Lafayette, Louisiana and Akron, Ohio that season.  The following season, McCullough […]

George S. Hughes is a former William & Mary and National Football League star lineman.  When notified he had been nominated to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame he said, “It’s quite a thrill.  Football has been a wonderful thing to me.” Hughes, a native of Norfolk, was an outstanding center and linebacker at Maury […]

H. Lester Hooker, a native of Stuart, at that time was the standout captain twice at Richmond’s Thomas Jefferson High and only player in school history to be a starter in three sports.  He moved on to star for W&M for four years in basketball and baseball.  He was the baseball captain and top hitter […]

Jim Gillette was a native of Courtland, Virginia.  He played at the University of Virginia in 1937, 1938 and 1940 where, as a walk-on freshman, he was given the nickname The “Courtland Courier”.  Gillette also starred at first base for the Cavaliers and was co-captain of the team his senior year.  He won all-state honors […]