Three go into Hampton Hall of Fame
Meet the trio of Pirates inducted over the weekend.
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by HBCU Gameday
June 3, 2019
Courtesy: Hampton Athletics
HAMPTON, Va. – On Saturday night, Hampton University honored three former student-athletes with the highest athletic honor possible in front of a packed Student Center Ballroom – induction into the Hampton University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Walter “Fuzzy” Ward, Thomasina Busch Cunningham and Darryl Skinner joined a prestigious group of inductees as the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
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Walter “Fuzzy” Ward began playing basketball at George P. Phenix High School in 1954. When he entered then Hampton Institute he developed into a record-setting scorer. Ward was a three-year team captain, team MVP as a senior as well as First Team All-CIAA. Outstanding on offense and defense, Ward played 86 consecutive games and closed out his collegiate career by scoring 23 points to break Hampton’s all-time scoring record in 1961.
He earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Hampton (Institute) University and an M.S. degree in Special Education from Manhattan College (NYC).
Ward was the first player drafted from Hampton into the NBA as the Detroit Pistons selected him in the eighth round of the 1961 draft. He was also drafted by the Washington, D.C. franchise of the now defunct American Basketball League. Unfortunately, he was unable to accept either offer, however, as he was required to comply with the military draft at the time.
Following his Army career, he taught, coached and mentored students in the New York City and Westchester County public school systems for over 35 years. Ward passed away in 2007 and was inducted posthumously into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame, along with local legends including Alonzo Mourning, William “Shorty” Gray, Darren Perry, and Lisa Rice.
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Ward, Walter “Fuzzy” [MC????]
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I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Walter.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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