Arlington may be a very small county but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t produced its share of great athletes.  Though this collection is missing some sports notables’ trading cards I think you’ll enjoy the ones that are here.  The oldest is George McQuinn, a Washington-Lee graduate in the late 1920’s, who was one of the most decorated Major League Baseball players to come out of Arlington.  He also went on to play an important role in the County after hanging up his spikes.

Clay Kirby was a favorite of local baseball fans and grew up next door to another Major League draftee, whom I believe, threw his arm out before a trading card could be made.  Clay went to W-L in the 1960’s with local basketball legends, Ed and John Hummer, and future Buffalo Bills kicker John Leypoldt.  Of course, there’s also Super Bowl heroes Jake Scott and Reggie Harrison, who played football on the Quincy Street field at W-L.

Viewers might recall three more recent football players who made it in the NFL and were either born or grew up in and around Arlington.  There were two in my era starting with Eric Sievers, a tight end at W-L whom my brother Bill threw passes to, and later Brian Blados, who was four years behind Eric at W-L.  The third player is still kicking in the NFL and his name is Connor Barth – I can’t find a trading card for him so if anyone has an extra let me know and I’ll trade with you.  Born in Arlington, Connor’s having a very NFL good career.

Tom Dolan isn’t the only Olympic gold medal winner from Arlington, he was preceded by Frank Havens.  Frank was a W-L grad whose father, Bill, was on his way to the 1924 Games in Paris as a rower when his wife informed him she was pregnant.  As fate would have it, he chose to stay home for the delivery of his son Frank who grew up and went on to set the world record as a canoeist at the Helsinki Games in 1952.   Frank came home and presented the medal to a proud dad.

In the 1950’s the area had another great pitcher who pitched for several Major League teams by the name of Fred Talbot.  Fred actually pitched at Fairfax and McLean High Schools and only on Arlington All-Star teams in the 1950’s but someone shared a story with me that he and Whitey Edwards had one of the all-time Arlington County fist fights at Mario’s Pizza one night so he seemed to earn his way on my list.

Three other pitchers who were apparently born in Arlington and who made it to the Majors, granted for less than 70 combined innings, are Bob Ferris, Bob Malloy, and Mark Smith.  It should be noted that Mark is listed in two different baseball sites as born in Arlington and Alexandria.  Tie goes to the runner here.

Four additional pro athletes have listed affiliation to Arlington, including the 2016 high school Gatorade Player of the Year, Lucas Mendes, who is probably the greatest soccer player to come out of Arlington (W-L) and is listed on the New York Cosmos; Walter Palmer, Arlington’s tallest professional athlete at 7’1″, who played basketball at W-L and spent two seasons in the NBA; Kendall Marshall, who starred at O’Connell H.S. and the University of North Carolina then played for four different teams in the NBA; and finally Curome Cox who is listed in Pro-Football Reference as being born in Arlington but Wikipedia reads he was born in New York.  Hey Curome, having your own Wikipedia page is very cool but please contact us with the correction information.

Enjoy the cards and stories.