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Broadwick, Tiny
by Roberson, Elizabeth Whitley. North Carolina was the site of the first powered airplane flight in 1903. In 1913, only ten years later, a native North Carolinian became the first woman to make a parachute jump from an [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Card, Wilbur Wade
by Green, C. Sylvester. His preparatory schooling included attendance at the Franklinton Classical and Military Institute and at the Raleigh Male Academy. At both institutions his scholastic record showed superior grades, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Davis, Jerome Carson
by Rutherford, Rocky. EVENT. A rodeo has various types of events: roping, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, etc. Each was referred to as an "event" until the PBR and other bucking bull [...] (from NCpedia.)
Earnhardt, Dale
by Case, Steven. Dale Earnhardt was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis (Cabarrus County). His father Ralph, a competitive and innovative driver on the NASCAR Modified, Sportsman and Grand National circuits, [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Emerson, Isaac Edward
by Blackburn, George T., II. Isaac Edward Emerson, chemist, manufacturer, sportsman, and philanthropist, was born in Orange County, the son of Robert J. Emerson, a farmer, and his wife, Cornelia Lewis Hudson of Wake County. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gabriel, Roman
by Case, Steven. A Wilmington native, Roman Gabriel attracted national interest during his quarterback days at N. C. State University, where he was twice recognized as an All-American. In 1962 Gabriel's [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Graves, Ernest
by Caldwell, Martha B. Graves, Ernest by Martha B. Caldwell, 1986 27 Mar. 1880–9 June [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hamm, Mia
by Case, Steven. A native of Alabama, Mia Hamm made her mark in North Carolina during her years with the UNC women's soccer team (1989-94). She helped them to win four of their record twenty NCAA championships. [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Hobbs, Allan Wilson
by Hood, Henry. Allan Wilson Hobbs, educator, was born in Greensboro, the son of Dr. Lewis Lyndon Hobbs, president of Guilford College, and Mary Mendenhall Hobbs. His brother Lewis Lyndon, Jr., became a surgeon in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hunter, James "Catfish"
by Case, Steven. The story of James Augustus Hunter reads like a Hollywood script. Born the last of eight children in Perquimans County, North Carolina, Jim Hunter rose to superstar status in baseball while [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Jordan, Michael
by Case, Steven. Michael Jordan may have been born in Brooklyn, but North Carolina claims him as one of our own. The Jordan family moved to North Carolina when Michael Jordan was very small and he grew up in [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Justice, Charlie "Choo Choo"
by Case, Steven. A native of Asheville, Justice acquired his nickname in the Navy, into which he was drafted in 1943. Seeing him dodge tacklers for the Bainbridge Naval Training Center team, an officer remarked, "He [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Leonard, Sugar Ray
by Case, Steven. Sugar Ray Leonard by Steven Case and Kelly Agan, 2010 and 2014 NC Government & Heritage Library. May 17, 1956 - Ray Charles Leonard, known as the boxing champion "Sugar Ray" Leonard [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Lyon, George Leonidas
by Flannagan, Clara Hamlett Robertson. George Leonidas Lyon, sportsman and world champion trapshooter, was born in Durham, the second son of Robert E. and Mary Duke Lyon. His paternal grandfather was Zachariah Inge Lyon, pioneer tobacco [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McDonald, Angus Morris (Monk)
by Sumner, Jim L. Angus Morris (Monk) McDonald, college athlete and physician, was born and raised in Charlotte, the son of Angus Morris, Sr., and Ann Howard McDonald. His father was founder of the Southern Real [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Murray, William David
by Sumner, Jim L. Murray, William David by Jim L. Sumner, 1991 9 Sept. 1908–29 Mar. 1986 William David Murray, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
North Carolina's NCAA Tournament Champions
by Agan, Kelly. North Carolina universities have won the NCAA Basketball Tournament championship twelve times during the event's history, with victories by Duke University's Blue Devils, UNC-Chapel Hill's Tar Heels, [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Page, Estelle Lawson
by Sumner, Jim L. Estelle Lawson Page, amateur golfer, was born in her mother's hometown of East Orange, N.J., but raised in Chapel Hill. She was the only child of Dr. Robert Baker and Estelle Adelaide Ward Lawson. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Palmer, Arnold
by Case, Steven. Every sport has one quintessential player who transforms the game from pastime to art form, a person who attracts public attention by presence alone. In the world of golf, this person is Arnold [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Petty Family
by Case, Steven. Lee's son Richard Petty and his grandson Kyle Petty have taken the family vocation to new heights. Richard Petty's career included 200 NASCAR Winston Cup wins and he was nine times named the Most [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Saunooke, Osley Bird
by Conway, Robert O. Saunooke, Osley Bird by Robert O. Conway, 1994 19 July 1906–15 April 1965 See also: Qualla [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shore, Ernest Grady
by Sumner, Jim L. Ernest Grady Shore, baseball player and law enforcement officer, was born in East Bend, one of four children of Henry and Eugenia Poindexter Shore. Longtime Yadkin County farmers, the Shores traced [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Slaughter, Enos "Country"
by Case, Steven. Enos "Country" Slaughter by Steven Case, 2010. NC Government & Heritage Library. April 27, 1916 - August 12, 2002 Enos "Country" Slaughter is a well known name in the history of [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Snavely, Carl Gray
by Sumner, Jim L. Snavely, Carl Gray by Jim L. Sumner, 1994 31 July 1894–12 July 1975 Carl Gray Snavely, college football coach, was born in Omaha, Nebr., the son of Charles, a Methodist minister, and Bessie [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Suggs, George Franklin
by Sumner, Jim L. Suggs, George Franklin by Jim L. Sumner, 1994 7 July 1883–4 Apr. 1949 George Franklin Suggs, professional baseball player, was the first North Carolina–born major league star of the modern [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Tatum, James Moore
by Riley, Jack. James Moore Tatum, star athlete, football coach, and university athletic director, was born at McColl, S.C., the youngest of five sons of Walter Robert and Jessie Carmichael Tatum. His father was a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Thorpe, James Francis
by Reising, R. W. Thorpe, James Francis by R. W. Reising, 1996 28 May 1888–28 Mar. 1953 See also: Jim Thorpe and Babe Ruth James Francis Thorpe, perhaps the greatest performer in the history of sport, spent [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wilhelm, James Hoyt
by Hogg, Kevin. Hoyt Wilhelm was a record-setting major league baseball relief pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, the first relief pitcher so honored. He used his skill and perseverance to carve [...] (from NCpedia.)
Woodall, Charles Lawrence, Jr.
by Sumner, Jim L. Woodall, Charles Lawrence, Jr. by Jim L. Sumner, 1996 26 July 1894–6 May 1963 Charles Lawrence Woodall, Jr., professional baseball player and coach, was born in Staunton, Va., the son of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wynne, William (Will) Andrew
by Powell, William S. William (Will) Andrew Wynne, bicyclist, professional baseball player, and radio pioneer, was born near the community of Neuse in Wake County, the son of William W. and Elizabeth Culbreth Wynne. In [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Zachary, Jonathan Thompson Walton
by Sumner, Jim L. Zachary, Jonathan Thompson Walton by Jim L. Sumner, 1996 7 May 1896–24 Jan. 1969 Jonathan Thompson Walton Zachary, professional baseball player, was born in Graham, one of eight children of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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