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Harry K. “CY” Young

Truly one of the greatest athletes in Virginia history, Cy Young, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, attended three colleges, participating in the athletic programs of all three. In 1910-11, Young matriculated to Marshall College (now Marshall University), where he…

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Robert Woods Spessard

Robert Woods Spessard was born in Roanoke, Virginia on December 11, 1915. He attended Jefferson High School where he starred in football, basketball, and track. His team won the state basketball Class A Championship in 1934. Spessard entered Washington &…

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Clarence “Ace” Parker

Clarence “Ace” Parker was truly one of the gridiron greats of all time.  He played offense and defense when specialists were unheard of.  Parker played for Duke University from 1932-36, quarterbacking the team to three successful seasons.   He proved to…

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Eppa Rixey Jr.

Until he was surpassed by Warren Spahn in 1962, Rixey held the National League record for victories by a left-hander, with 266.  Born in Culpeper, Virginia, Rixey played golf, tennis and basketball for the University of Virginia until off-season umpire…

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Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson was known as “Whirlwind” because of his football prowess.  He won over fifty trophies in tennis, playing doubles and mixed doubles, including six National Championships.  This man was none-the-less almost better known for his contributions in the…

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