Jerry West, Basketball player
One of the NBA's 50 greatest players, Zeke from Cabin Creek led
West Virginia to the 1959 NCAA final and won seven world
championships with the Lakers (one as a shooting guard, six as an
executive). His image is silhouetted in the NBA logo.
Mary Lou Retton, Gymnast
The 4'9", 95-pound Fairmont dynamo vaulted into stardom at the
1984 Summer Olympics when she became the first U.S. woman to win
the all-around. The five medals she won were the most by any
athlete at the Los Angeles Games.
Hack Wilson, Baseball player
Though born in Pennsylvania, the 5'6", 190-pound Hall of Fame
outfielder started his baseball career in Martinsburg and went on
to hit .307 over 12 seasons and set a major league record with
191 RBIs in 1930. He died in 1948 at age 48 and is buried in
Randy Barnes, Shot-putter
The Charleston strongman dominated his event in the U.S. for a
decade and won Olympic silver in 1988 and gold in '96. (He was
suspended in '91 and '92 for steroid use.) Barnes still holds the
world outdoor (75'10 1/4") and indoor (74'4 1/4") records.
Hal Greer, Basketball player
Another of the NBA's 50 greatest players, the sweet-shooting
guard from Huntington was the first African-American to receive a
sports scholarship to a major West Virginia college (Marshall, in
1955). He was a 10-time All-Star with the Syracuse Nationals and
September 21, 2003
Sam Huff, Football player
Raised in a coal-mining camp near Farmington, Huff was an
All-America defensive tackle at West Virginia and a five-time Pro
Bowl middle linebacker for the Giants and the Redskins. He was
elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.