Dick Pinck, '41, was a versatile three-sport star who made a big impact in the Washington and Lee athletic program from the moment he stepped on campus.
Pinck was named the freshman all-state quarterback and repeated as an all-state basketball selection while leading the freshman basketball team to an undefeated record. He also led the freshman tennis team to an undefeated season.
The Paterson, New Jersey native then went on to earn nine varsity letters in football, basketball and tennis. He achieved his greatest success in basketball, but excelled in football and tennis as well.
As a football halfback he was a big-play specialist and he was the No. 1 player on the tennis team his last two years, serving as team captain his senior year.
In basketball he was one of the greatest players in the first half of the century in Virginia. He was named first team all-state by the Associated Press in 1939, 1940, and 1941 while leading W&L to a state championship in 1940. He ranked as W&L's leading scorer for three straight years and poured in a Southern Conference record 34 points in a game against Richmond in 1939. That mark stood for 12 years as W&L's record. Pinck was also named to the Southern Conference Tournament All-Star team in 1939 and 1940.