Class of 2017

Before his long career on the diamond in Major League Baseball, Chuck Stobbs became a legend at Norfolk’s Granby High School. A superb athlete, Stobbs led Granby in three sports and few doubted that this local hero would not find a niche in professional sports. Named Virginia Player of the Year in high school in […]

As a player and coach, Gracie Lee VanDyck has been an incredible athlete and true pioneer in the rise of women’s athletics. She excelled on the playing field and then brought those same standards of excellence to coaching, making a name for herself as one of the most influential and successful coaches in state high […]

One of the founding fathers of modern day NASCAR, Paul Sawyer is recognized as a guiding force behind the emergence of America’s fastest growing sport. A dream that began in a garage in Norfolk would eventually propel this Virginia native to the greatest heights of motorsports. The Tadlock racing family in Norfolk first exposed Sawyer […]

Before the integration of Major League Baseball, African-American players with major league ability were making names for themselves in the Negro Leagues.  Alexandria native Leon Day was one of these athletes.  There were no weaknesses in Day’s game.  He would win the game on the mound, make a game saving catch, or drive in the […]

Bill Deekens, a native of Amelia County, was one of Virginia’s finest sportswriters of the twentieth-century.  He attended the University of Virginia where he honed his craft as the editor of the school newspaper.  He went on to earn a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.  Before beginning his prolific career as […]

Ed Beard defines what it means to be a competitor.  While he made a name for himself on the football field, those who witnessed his remarkable feat at the 1957 Virginia State High School Wrestling Tournament can attest to his unbelievable athletic prowess.  Without representing a school and having little formal coaching, unseeded and unranked, […]

In the world of track, the name Pete Bennett is synonymous with excellence. Bennett distinguished himself as both an athlete and coach at Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) where his achievements and winning legacy are a testament to his character and competitive spirit. An outstanding high school athlete in three sports, Bennett continued […]

“Bee”, as Al Bumbry was affectionately known to Orioles fans, was an appropriate nickname for such a tenacious player.  He stung pitchers with his bat and frustrated defenses with his ability to steal bases at will.  The base paths were Bumbry’s highways; there were no speed limits and the light was always green! Alonza “Al” […]

Now in his 41st year of calling balls and strikes for the Minnesota Twins, Herb Carneal has the longest uninterrupted point of service of any American League play-by-play broadcaster. Herb was the voice of the American League Champion Twins in 1965 and the World Champion Twins of 1987 and 1991. He has firmly established himself […]