Jim Fahey was one of Washington and Lee’s greatest post-World War II multi-sport athletes.
Fahey received the Ring-tum Phi’s Senior Athlete of the Year award in 1950 following the completion of a career that saw him earn letters for the football, basketball and baseball teams.
The first post-war athlete to be awarded varsity monograms in three different sports, Fahey started every game in his four-year football career and then started every game of his two-year career with the basketball and baseball teams. All told, he earned eight varsity monograms, among the most-ever garnered by a W&L athlete during the days competing on the Division IA level.
On the football field, Fahey made an immediate impact as a freshman in 1946, earning Honorable Mention All-State honors as a two-way end and kickoff specialist. He later earned Honorable Mention All-State and Second Team Defensive All-South accolades as a senior, and was named to numerous all-opponent teams during his career while playing the likes of Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Miami, West Virginia, Army and Virginia.
On the basketball court, he also played against current national powers North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.