George McQuinn played first base for twelve years in the Major Leagues. He broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in 1936, and from 1938 to 1945, was a standout with the old St. Louis Browns of the American League. After World War II, McQuinn played one year with the Philadelphia Athletics and two years with the New York Yankees. His highest
single-season batting average was .324 in 1938. In 1939, he played in all 154 games and hit 20 homers and 94 RBIs, both career highs. His lifetime average was .276 over 1,550 games. He massed 1,588 hits. Proudly, he was an Arlington youth sports sponsor.
McQuinn played in two World Series. The first in 1944, when the Browns lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. He batted .438, including a two-run home run, which won the first game for the Browns 2-1. He was on
the winning side in 1947, when the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a seven-time All-Star (1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1945 [cancelled], 1947 and 1948), and finished sixth in the MVP voting in 1947.
McQuinn was born in Arlington in 1910. He graduated from W-L in 1929. He died in Alexandria in 1978
Jesse Meeks was a long-time coach in Arlington, but his greatest success came at Yorktown, where his boys gymnastics teams won eight state titles from 1963 to 1973. He was on the VHSL rules committee and was instrumental in developing it as a varsity sport. He was also the first head football coach at Yorktown, compiling an 85-63-7 record. His best teams were from 1967 to 1970, when his YHS won two district titles in 1967 and 1968 and then finished 9-1 in 1970. Coach Meeks died last year at age 92.
William G. (Bill) Murray (W-L Class of 1966) excelled in baseball and football at W-L before heading off to Randolph-Macon, where his team was declared co-national champion. This year, he was inducted into the W-L Athletic Hall of Fame, and his football team from college is in that school's hall of fame. He has served as chair of the Arlington Sports Commission and created the Arlington Sports Foundation. He is active with Babe Ruth Baseball and is presently the president of the Better Sports Club of Arlington.
Milt Sherman grew up in Arlington, attending Tuckahoe Elementary and Swanson Middle School before graduating from Yorktown High School in 1969. He became a wrestler while at
Swanson, and it changed the course of his life. At Yorktown, he was All State, as well as “Outstanding Wrestler” for the D.C. AAU at both the Junior Olympic and Open levels. Then, at East Carolina University, where he attained undergraduate and master’s degrees, he won 88% of his matches as a 4-year starter, won 11 championships while with the Pirates, was an All-American with USA Wrestling, and defeated three NCAA Division 1 national champions and
two national runners-up. Settling in rural North Carolina, he became a career educator and coach, teaching at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville, N.C. for 30 years and then part-time at his alma mater ECU for 13 years. As a coach, he won a high school state championship and 2 state runner-up honors over three decades. He coached five high school All Americans, one of
whom went on to be a 3-time national champion and Olympics coach. At retirement, Milt ranked # 2 all time in North Carolina coaching wins.
As a writer, Milt has been published nationally over 25 times in Scholastic Coach, Wrestling
USA, Amateur Wrestling News, and is author of the novel “Wrestling Spoken Here.” He
continues to assist area high school wrestling teams and the ECU club team he founded nine
years ago, and competes as a Senior Games athlete in badminton at the state and national level, placing 2nd and 3rd at national championships and winning 37 golds at North Carolina and
Virginia state championships. Milt is an inductee in the ECU Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s North Carolina chapter.