2000 Inductees

James A “Jim” Coates

Baseball

In 1957 Jim Coates led the International League in strikeouts with 161. Called up to the Yankees in 1958, Coates amassed a 37-15 record with New York and was a major contributor to three American League flags and two World Championships. He was named to the American League All Star Team in 1960. Coates was inducted to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

 

Otis W. Douglas, Jr.

Multi Sports

Otis Douglas stepped on the field for the first time with the Philadelphia Eagles at age 35 to become the oldest Rookie ever in the NFL. The record still stands. Besides playing for four years, Douglas was head Coach at three colleges. Head Coach in the Canadian Professional League, an Assistant Coach at three colleges and an Assistant Coach with three NFL teams. He was also physical fitness consultant for the Cincinnati Reds in l961 and went undefeated in college wrestling. He is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

William M. “Billy” Walker

Basketball

A high school Basketball coaching legend,Walker won 410 games and lost but 150 while at Washington & Lee of Montross and Lancaster High Schools. He claimed a total of 12 Northern Neck District Championships, 10 District Tournaments and four Region A Championships and advanced to three Group A State finals. Twice he had seasons with but one loss going 22-1 and 24-1. While at Randolph-Macon College he was named Baseball Player of the year in 1951 and 1953 and led the State in batting in 1953 with a .406 average. While at W&L,Walker also coached baseball for 17 years winning seven Northern Neck District Titles for 171-78 overall record.