LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee has announced the 13th class that will be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on campus on Friday, Sept. 8. The group will also be honored prior to the Generals' football game against Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, Sept. 9. This year's class includes Buck Leslie '49 (deceased), Joe McCutcheon '51, Jay McDonald '23, and W&L's 1950 football team which played in the 1951 Gator Bowl.
Buck Leslie '49 was a four-year letterwinner in baseball as a pitcher and outfielder for the Generals. The school's outstanding pitcher award now bears his name. In 1960, Leslie returned to W&L as a member of the physical education department and as an assistant football coach. In 1963, he began assisting the Generals' golf program and became the head football coach in 1968. Leslie guided W&L until 1972, posting a record of 16-28-1. In 1975, Leslie became just the school's second head golf coach in history, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1995. During his tenure, the Generals went 261-44-4 and won seven ODAC Championships. W&L advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships five times under his leadership, placing in the Top 10 three times. He coached seven All-Americans and 33 All-ODAC golfers. Leslie passed away in May of 1998.
Joe McCutcheon '51 was a co-captain and the starting center on W&L's 1950 Southern Conference championship football team that played in the 1951 Gator Bowl. A three-year varsity starter, McCutcheon was elected to the all-state team his senior year before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a year in the Army, McCutcheon played briefly in the Canadian Football League.
Jay McDonald '23 was a three-sport athlete at W&L, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. A versatile athlete, McDonald played several positions in football (fullback, end), helping lead the Generals to a 24-10-1 record during his four seasons. In basketball, he played every position from guard to center as W&L went 33-15 during his three seasons. As a pitcher on the baseball diamond, McDonald went undefeated as a senior in helping the Generals to a 44-30-1 record during his four years. McDonald also served as the President of W&L's Athletic Council his junior year.
W&L's 1950 football team posted an 8-3 overall record and won the second of W&L's two Southern Conference Championships with a 6-0 conference record. The Generals outscored their opponents that season, 325-140, and allowed seven or less points to an opponent in six of their 11 games. W&L's only regular-season losses were to Virginia and Tennessee. Following the regular-season, W&L advanced to the 1951 Gator Bowl before dropping a 20-7 decision to Wyoming in front of 26,000 fans. W&L was without the services of star halfback Walt Michaels. Head Coach George Barclay was chosen Southern Conference Coach of the Year and Virginia Coach of the Year . As a team, the Generals finished the season ranked 18th in the country.
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