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 was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1927. After graduating from West End Birmingham High School, he joined the US Marine Corp in 1944 - 1947. After leaving the marines, he enrolled in Howard College in Homewood, Alabama and graduated with the BA in 1957 followed by Masters in Teaching from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1952.
Jesse started coaching in Arlington at Wakefield High School where he coached the Jr. High football team in 1954 and started a gymnastics club and mens team. The next year he coached the varsity football team until he moved over to the new Yorktown High School in 1960.
At Yorktown he coached varsity football, gymnastics, track, tennis, golf, and was an assistant coach for the basketball team, In men's gymnastics he won the Virginia State Team Championship in 1963,1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, and 1973. He was on the VHSL roles committee for gymnastics and was instrumental in developing it as a varsity sport. He retired as head football coach in 1975 and from gymnastics and teaching in 1985. Many of his athletes went on to compete in college and even became coaches in their respective sports.
During summers, he was the manager of the Dominion Hills pool on Wilson Boulevard for decades, where he coached many Arlingtonians how to swim and dive.
Jesse Meeks was inducted into the Better Sports Club of Arlington Coach of the Year in 1969. Arlington’s Jesse Meeks has provided significant and long-term contributions to athletics.
Bill Murray is a lifetime resident of Arlington. He played Little League baseball for Stewart Buick, coached by the legendary Bert Whittington. At Kenmore Junior High, he played football, basketball, wrestled and competed in sprints and long jump for the track team. At Washington-Lee High School, Bill was the starting shortstop for the baseball team as a junior and senior, winning the Northern District championship both years. His junior year team defeated Bishop O’Connell High School, ending its 42-game winning streak, a national high school record at that time. Playing football at W-L, Bill was a starting running back and linebacker. He was captain of the team his senior year and was an All-District running back. That year he won the Al Harringer Award as the school’s Athlete of the Year. He was inducted into W-L’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.
Bill went on to play football at Randolph-Macon College, where he started at running back for three years. His junior year the team went undefeated, and remains the only undefeated team in the school’s history. In his senior year, Randolph-Macon was declared the NCAA Small College Co-National Champion. Both of those teams have been inducted into the Randolph-Macon Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his athletic achievements, Bill has been a major contributor to Arlington sports. He has coached youth baseball and currently serves on the Board of the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth League. He has also served as Chairman of the Arlington Sports Commission, the body that advises the County Board on sports issues. In 2009, Bill co-founded the Arlington Sports Foundation, whose purpose is to seek funds for the construction/renovation of athletic facilities. He has also served on the Board of the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame and is currently 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.