December 13 - The most-decorated Major League player from Northern Virginia will posthumously enter the athletics Hall of Fame at Washington-Lee High School next month.
George McQuinn, a 1929 graduate of the Arlington school, will be inducted during a ceremony on Jan. 18.
As a left-handed pitcher and left-handed swinging first baseman, McQuinn helped the Generals win three consecutive Northern Virginia championships from 1927-29 and also starred for the school’s basketball team.
After spurning a baseball scholarship offer from the College of William & Mary, he was working as an elevator operator and playing for a semipro team in Northern Virginia when he was offered his first professional contract in 1930.
He broke into the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1936 and would be named to seven All-Star teams over a 12-year career. McQuinn led the St. Louis Browns to the American League pennant in 1944, then hit .438 in the World Series during a six-game loss to the crosstown rivals. He joined the New York Yankees in 1947, teaming with future Baseball Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra to lead them to a seven-game win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series that October.
He made the All-Star team in both of his seasons with the Yankees before retiring after the 1948 season. In his Major League career, McQuinn hit .276 with a .357 on-base percentage, 1,588 hits, 135 home runs and 794 RBI. He batted over .300 three times, hitting a career-high .324 in 1938, when he embarked on a 34-game hitting streak that stands as one of the longest in Major League history.
McQuinn would later manage in the minor leagues and work as a scout for the Washington Senators and Montreal Expos before operating a sporting good store in Arlington. He passed away in December 1978.
Details on the Hall of Fame ceremony will be posted on Washington-Lee’s athletics page here.
Former MLB Outfielder Colangelo Will Return as Colgan’s Coach
Mike Colangelo will return for a third season as the head coach at Colgan High School, he confirmed earlier today after meeting with school administrators this morning.
The news ends three months of uncertainty after Colangelo resigned from his position on Sept. 11, only to rescind his resignation the following day. His initial departure stemmed from a misinformed message from the school’s director of student activities, Dave Huckestein, indicating he could no longer rent the school’s field due to a conflict of interest with his role as the general manager of the Marucci Stars travel program.
A decision from the school and the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) school division as to whether they would retain Colangelo took nearly 100 days, as documented in our story earlier this week.
Colangelo, a former Major League outfielder, led the Sharks to a 17-27 record in their first two seasons. Last spring, they finished 12-11 and advanced to the Region 6C quarterfinals before falling to then-No. 1 Lake Braddock, 6-1.
Colgan’s decision on their coaching position leaves Northern Virginia with just one vacancy, at Freedom-Woodbridge, which is seeking its eighth coach in nine years.
USA Baseball Makes Adjustments to NTIS Program
USA Baseball has made adjustments to its National Team Identification Series (NTIS) program, reducing its regions from 16 to six while adding a 12U age division and dropping its 17U age division.
Players formerly looking to tryout for the program did so locally and regionally through the Capital Region, which has been absorbed into the Northeast Region as the NTIS organizers sought to streamline its tryout and identification process. The Northeast Region’s director is Jeff Schaefer.
The other major change is the addition of a 12U age division, which will align USA Baseball with other countries that field national team programs at that age.
"As participation in youth baseball continues to rise, it is our duty to adapt and modernize USA Baseball initiatives to fit the ever-changing youth baseball landscape," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO, in a release yesterday.
Photo of George McQuinn by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images