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Bob Eason
Bob Eason
Induction Year: 1996
Sport: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track
Graduation Year: 1940

While this versatile athlete participated in four sports during his college career, he concentrated on baseball and football in his final three years at Hampden-Sydney and was a three-year letterman in both sports.

As an end in football, he was considered an excellent blocker, defensive player and solid receiver.  He made several big receptions in a 14-0 win over Emory and Henry during the 1938 season.  He as recognized for his "valiant performance" against Virginia in a 1939 contest.  In the 12-0 win over Randolph-Macon in 1939, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eason was "by far the best defensive player on the field."

He patrolled the outfield during his career on the Tiger baseball squad.  A solid all-around performer who delivered several clutch hits during his career, he drove home two runs in a 6-5 victory over state champion Richmond during the 1938 season, and had three hits in the 1940 victory over Drexel.

Originally from Suffolk, Eason joined the Air Force during World War II and went on to earn the rank of Colonel.  He returned to Virginia and served as an instructor at Woodberry Forest and later as Assistant Headmaster at Blue Ridge School.  No retired, he is currently living near Orange.