| the history of wake forest
John “red” cochran: standout in both football and baseball; 1942 All-Southern Conference
running back; professional star with St. Louis Cardinals; coached at Wake Forest and in the NFL.
horace “bones” mcKinney: one of most popular basketball coaches in ACC history; complied
122 wins as head coach from 1958–1965; two-time ACC Coach of the Year; guided Deacs to 1961 &
1962 ACC titles and NCAA Final Four (’62).
billy Joe patton: first of many Wake Forest golfers to achieve national acclaim; America’s
premier amateur in the 1950s and early 1960s; represented America 11 times in international
play; 1982 USGA Bobby Jones Award recipient.
leon brogden: three-sport standout in the 1930s; built a national reputation as a high school
coach; won 17 Prep State titles in basketball, football & baseball; a leader in high school athlet-
ics administration.
al dowtin: top college basketball player in North Carolina in 1920s; team captain of 1927 squad
which compiled 22–3 record; first Wake Forest golf coach; outstanding career as an amateur golfer.
dickie hemric: two-time basketball All-American (1954 & 1955); ACC Player of the Year both
seasons; Wake Forest all-time leading scorer & rebounder; NCAA career leader in free throws
and free throw attempts.
bill barnes: 1956 All-American and ACC Player of the Year; first player in ACC to run for 1,000
yards in a season; All-ACC in 1955 &1956; three-time All-Pro with Philadelphia Eagles.
lowell “lefty” davis: one of leading two-sport athletes in ACC history; three-time All-ACC
in basketball (1954–1956); two-time All-ACC in baseball (1955–1956); premier pitcher (10–1
record) on 1955 National Champions.
John “red” o’Quinn: nation’s leading pass receiver in 1948; Wake Forest Top Ten in receptions,
receiving yardage, and TD catches; two-time All-Southern Conference; outstanding career as a
receiver in the Canadian Football League.
ray scarborough: star pitcher for Deacons from 1937–1939; outstanding career in Major
League baseball; American League All–Star in 1950 with Chicago White Sox; pitched in 1952
World Series with New York Yankees.
Jim waller: three-time All-Southern Conference (1937–1939); league scoring leader as a senior;
led Wake Forest into first NCAA Tournament (1939); served as civic leader in Winston-Salem.
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