Class of 2017

Junius Kellogg made his way into the national limelight in 1951 when he exposed a national basketball gambling scandal.  This was not the last act of courage for this Portsmouth native. Kellogg began his basketball career on I.C. Norcom’s outdoor cinder track.  The players sold candy bars to raise money for their uniforms.  He also […]

Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1921, Marshall began his athletic career playing baseball for Manchester High School and with the American Legion Team. He attended Wake Forest University for just one year before turning to professional baseball. Marshall broke into the big leagues in 1942. He signed with the New York Giants and averaged 13 […]

William “Bill” Merner was born January 31, 1915 in Palmerville, North Carolina moving to Hopewell, VA at an early age and graduated from Hopewell High School in 1934.  He played football for the Blue Devils from 1931 to 1934.  Merner entered East Carolina University in 1937, receiving his BS degree. Merner worked at Fort Lee […]

Suey Eason was born on April 19, 1907 in South Norfolk, Virginia and enjoyed a successful sports career at South Norfolk High School.  He enrolled at the College of William and Mary in 1924, where he was an outstanding football and baseball player, graduating in 1928, with a degree in chemistry. Following his graduation he […]

Walker Gillette was born in Norfolk, Virginia and attended Southampton High School.  He went on to become a football All-American at the University of Richmond, being named first team All-American as a split-end by the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Associates, Time Magazine, Look Magazine and The Sporting News. Gillette was drafted in the first round […]

Harold “Hal” Burrows, Jr. is one of the most revered members of the tennis community of Virginia. It began when he won the Virginia State Boys Championship title in 1938 and 1939. He took the Junior title in 1941 and 1942. His career was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and […]