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Barty Smith is a native of Richmond, Virginia.  He graduated from Douglas Freeman High School where he was a four-sport star.  Smith was selected as the Virginia High School Player of the Year in 1969.  That same year he achieved the highest honor awarded to high school athletes when he was named to the Sunkist […]

Dwight Stephenson is a native of North Carolina, but resided in Hampton, Virginia where he graduated from Hampton High School.  He was selected as the All-State Group AAA Team at Hampton High in 1975.  He also excelled at defensive tackle and lettered in basketball.  From that year on his accomplishments mounted rapidly eventually becoming legendary. […]

Curtis Morton "Pops" Turner was born April 12, 1924, in Floyd, Virginia. He was a lumberman by trade, and one of the greatest drivers and showmen in stock car racing. He officially started his racing career in 1946 after leaving the military. He won his very first NASCAR Winston Cup, previously known as "The Grand […]

Paul Mellon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the Universities of Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge, where he received many honorary degrees.  He joined the Army six months before the incident at Pearl Harbor and was discharged as a major, with four bronze stars.  After the war, Mellon expanded his racing interests.  He acquired Rokeby […]

Henry E. Lauterbach was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but moved soon after to Newport News, Virginia.  He currently resides in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He has been setting the pace in racing hydroplane boats for nearly 50 years.  The builder and former champion racer, whose name is respected worldwide, is still plying his craft in Portsmouth.  In […]

Moses Malone was born in Petersburg, Virginia and graduated from Petersburg High School. Malone drew his first national attention as a teenager when his dominant scoring and rebounding led Petersburg High to a 50-game winning streak and two state championships. In 1974, Malone was the first player to make a successful transition directly from high […]

Ray Dandridge, a native of Richmond, was a slick fielding third baseman in the Negro National League before the game was integrated.  Many people say that there has never been a more masterful third baseman than Ray Dandridge.  He was a versatile baseball player excelling at shortstop and second base.  Dandridge was a fantastic hitter […]

Peggy Augustus was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but currently resides in Keswick, Virginia.  She was active as an owner, trainer, and rider of show horses from 1950 to 1965, and won every major championship throughout the United States and Canada.    Augustus won the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, Devon Horse Show, Royal Winter […]

One of the best known figures in the sports broadcasting industry, Marty Brennaman has been the lead broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds since 1974. In addition, Brennaman has broadcast the NCAA basketball tournament for CBS Radio for more than 10 years. In 1960, Marty Brennaman enrolled at Randolph-Macon College where he studied for two years. […]

Bill Brill was born in Philadelphia, but moved with his family to Middlesex County, Virginia. The Duke University graduate began his career in 1952 as a sports writer with the Covington Virginian. In 1956, Brill joined the Roanoke Times and became Sports Editor in 1960, before retiring in 1991. Brill became a columnist for the […]