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Charles “Deacon” Phillippe

Deacon Phillipe was born in Rural Retreat, Virginia on May 23, 1872. As a right-hander for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903, he was the first World Series pitcher to win three games and the only pitcher ever to complete the…

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George Preas

In four years at Virginia Tech, George Preas helped turn the Hokies from a winless football team into an undefeated one.  That achievement was typical of the success Preas enjoyed throughout a long career in the game. From his sandlot…

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Glenn Charles Knox

Considered one of the finest athletes in the history of William and Mary, Glenn Knox was one of the most honored two sport stars ever at the college.  The Niota, Tennessee native transferred to William and Mary from Tennessee Wesleyan…

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Melvin Blassingham

Known as the “Father of the Oyster Bowl”, Blassingham conceived the idea of the game to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospital while in the hospital himself, recovering from a heart attack in 1936.  The Oyster Bowl began to truly…

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