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Richard Tattersall

Class of 1950

Richard was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. His citation is below:

Richard Tattersall graduated from Pennsylvania’s Kennett Square High School in 1945, when students with any athletic ability were expected to participate in as many varsity sports as possible while still maintaining a high academic average. Dick Tattersall accomplished this by playing three varsity sports for three consecutive years. He brought this spirit of competition with him to Washington College in February 1946.

By the time he graduated in 1950, he had earned 11 varsity letters by excelling in soccer, basketball and baseball. It was in soccer and baseball that he achieved the most success. In 1946, Dick’s sophomore year, Washington College launched its varsity soccer program, which under Coach Henry Carrington enjoyed a winning season of 4 wins and 3 losses. When Coach Carrington did not return for Dick’s junior year, a senior student, Turner Hastings, was assigned the task of coaching and playing at the same time. Hastings sought out Dick Tattersall to assist him by concentrating on the defense. Dick played both forward and halfback, and on offense took the majority of the penalty kicks awarded to the Sho’men. That team finished undefeated and won the first Mason-Dixon Conference Championship in the College’s soccer history. In his senior year, he assumed the same coaching responsibility under another senior student, Lambert Coakley.

In baseball, he was a standout second basemen, starting two years for the legendary Tom Kibler and two years for Frank Apichella. His career batting average was well above the .300 average. The 1946-47 teams finished second in the Mason-Dixon Conference and the 1949 team won the Conference’s northern division championship. At graduation, Dick won the Senior Athletic Award.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Richard Tattersall into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this fourth day of October, 2003.