Arlington may be a very small county but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t produced its share of great athletes.  In this collection we did the best we could with research and card collecting, and while I’m sure we’re missing some local athletes, we think you’ll enjoy what you see.

The oldest card is that of 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 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 both played football along Quincy Street at W-L.

Viewers might recall four 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.  Then there’s Bishop O’Connell grad Eric Metcalfe who, like his father Terry, had a nice career in the NFL.  The fourth player is kicker 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 had a very good NFL career.

Swimmer 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 as well as Arlington All-Star teams in the 1950’s, but someone shared a story with me that Fred 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.

Using a Major League Baseball stat site, I learned three other pitchers were reportedly born in Arlington and made it to the Majors, granted for less than 70 combined innings.  They 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 soccer Gatorade Player of the Year, Lucas Mendes, who is probably the greatest player to come out of Arlington (W-L) and was 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.

The 2018 NFL Draft was special for Arlington since two former county high school stars were drafted.  In the second round, M.J. Stewart, a Yorktown High School graduate in 2014, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2014 O’Connell grad Kamrin Moore was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round.

Enjoy the cards and stories.