John was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. His citation is below:
“John Selby was one of the finest right hand pitchers to grace the mound of Kibler Field, winning 15 games while losing only four.” This statement, made by one of John’s teammates, comes from Mike Kardash, a Washington College Hall of Famer whose own experience in baseball qualifies him to so judge.
“Big Slat,” as he was nicknamed, contributed significantly with his bat as well as his arm in leading Wash-ington College to three Maryland Collegiate League baseball championships in 1938, 1939 and 1940. In 1941 the team was runner-up for the championship.
When not on the mound, Selby more than ably performed as a regular outfielder, hitting over .300 consis-ently and driving in key runs.
John Selby was a campus leader as well. He served as president of the Student Government Association, the Sigma Sigma Omicron Honor Society, and the Historical Society. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity, he was named in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universites, and was graduated magna cum laude. He was the first recipient of the Baurice Fox Medal, given to the varsity athlete with the highest cumulative index.
After graduation, he became one of the most successful high school baseball coaches in the State of Maryland. Beginning in 1947 at Centreville High School and later at Queen Anne’s County High School, he compiled a win-loss record of 187-37 during his 21-year career. John also coached soccer at Centreville High School for four years, winning 34 consecutive victories and three state championships.
John W. Selby has served his college and his community to the highest degree and is well deserving to be inducted this 5th day of October, 1990 into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame.