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Granny Hamner

In his playing days with the Philadelphia Phillies, Granny Hamner was known as the “Whiz Kid.” Playing shortstop for the 1950 National League pennant winning Phillies, he hit .270 in 157 games with 11 homers and 82 runs batted in.…

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Jim Coates

James A. “Jim” Coates was born in Farnham, Virginia on August 4, 1932.  He played baseball in high school and Semi-Pro ball in Lively, Virginia.  He began his baseball career as a pitcher with the Chesapeake League in the 1940’s. …

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Raymond E. Dandridge

Ray Dandridge, a native of Richmond, was a slick fielding third baseman in the Negro National League before the game was integrated.  Many people say that there has never been a more masterful third baseman than Ray Dandridge.  He was…

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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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Henry “Hank” Foiles

Hank Foiles was born in Richmond in 1929.  He moved with his family in 1933 to Norfolk where he entered Granby High School in 1944, starring in football, baseball, basketball and track. He earned 3 letters in football, 4 letters…

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Gene Alley

Born in Henrico County in 1940, Alley is a native Virginian. He attended Hermitage High School and developed into an outstanding baseball player. By the end of the 1963 season, Alley had worked his way up to the shortstop position…

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Chuck Boone

A true sportsman in every sense, Chuck Boone made a name for himself as a player, coach, and administrator throughout an athletic career that lasted more than forty years.  The University of Richmond would prove to be home to the…

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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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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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