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Boyd Childress

and as of the 2020s runs a successful design-build firm in the Miami area. Stephenson was born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina to Eugene and Louise Stephenson. His father was farming in North Carolina but moved his family to the Hampton, Virginia area where he found employment as a shipyard machinist. Dwight did not play football until his junior year at Hampton High School where he excelled as an offensive center. As a senior he was a prize recruit who chose to play at the University of Alabama for legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Stephenson had quick hands and feet, a natural for the center position in Alabama’s wishbone offense, and although quiet, he was all business on the football field. Bryant called Stephenson a man among children and the best center he had ever coached. With Stephenson anchoring the offensive line Alabama won back-to-back national titles in 1978 and 1979 ...


Shterna Gurkow

was born John Arthur Taylor, Jr. in Hartford, Connecticut to John Arthur Taylor, Sr. and Etta Taylor. John Arthur, Sr., a Virginia-born lather in the building trades, came from a large accomplished family of ten children, most of whom excelled in the arts. His mother, Etta, grew up in South Carolina.

Johnny, as the younger Taylor was best known, started his pitching career in Hartford’s Junior League with The Hornets in 1931; however, he later joined the track team at the city’s Bulkeley High School, where he took part in the high jump and pole vault competitions. In his senior year Taylor switched back to baseball under the tutelage of coach Babe Allen. On 2 June 1933 Taylor was pitching perhaps the most famous game of his high school career in which he struck out twenty five batters in nine innings while only giving up one hit In ...