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Bob Porterfield

Porterfield, a native of Newport in Giles County, was signed off the Radford semipro team by New York Yankee scout H.P. Dawson and spent 12 years pitching for the Yankees, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. A right-hander…

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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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Paul Washington Rice

Paul Rice of Roanoke, Virginia graduated from Roanoke College in 1939 where he played basketball and was a member of the “Five Smart Boys” that assisted the team in winning consecutive state titles in the late 1930’s.  Playing in the…

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Marshall Johnson

Marshall Johnson held an extensive newspaper career working for the Lynchburg News and the Manassas Journal. In 1949, he joined the Richmond bureau of the Associated Press, holding a number of positions including sports editor until his retirement career. He…

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Frank Loria

Frank Loria, Virginia Tech’s first consensus football All-American gained this honor in 1965 and 1966 as a safety man.  He, according to his former coach Jerry Claiborne just made things happen and had a knack for football that you find…

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H.M. “Mac” McEver

Mac McEver, for half a century, was known as “Coach Mac” to the legions of Tech fans across Virginia.  Even in his early 70’s Coach Mac was as active as he was nearly fifty years before when he joined the…

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Bob McLelland

Born, raised and educated in Roanoke, Virginia, Bob McLelland worked for the Roanoke Times & World News from 1949 to 1980 filling the shoes of sports writer, sports editor and metro editor. His gifted writing and prize-winning columns earned him…

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Ronde Barber

Rondé Barber, a native of Roanoke, VA, graduated from Cave Spring High School in 1993 before heading to the University of Virginia where he was a three-time All-ACC selection for the Cavaliers. After the 1994 season, Barber was named the…

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Gary Clark

Gary Clark was born and raised in Pulaski, Virginia.  He attended Pulaski County High School and lettered in three sports—football, track, and baseball before heading to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, where he played Division I-AA football.  As the Dukes’…

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Bill Cochran

Bill Cochran, a lifetime resident of Roanoke, is this year’s media inductee.  Cochran began writing about the outdoors while at William Fleming High School.  Following his graduation from Lynchburg College in 1960, his byline appeared more than 300 times in…

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