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Charles “Chuck” Stobbs

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…

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Gracie Lee Vandyck

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…

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Paul Sawyer

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…

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Leon Day

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…

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Bill Deekens

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…

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Edward Leroy “ED” Beard

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…

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William “Pete” Bennett

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…

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Alonza “AL” Bumbry

“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…

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Herb Carneal

Over 45-seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Herb Carneal had one of the longest uninterrupted service times of any American League play-by-play broadcaster, 1962-2006. Herb was the voice of the American League Champion Twins in 1965 and the World Champion Twins…

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