Class of 1994
Keith was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. His citation is below:
Washington College won the bidding war for Calvert Hall baseball star Keith Whiteford, trumping more than 25 other colleges, including several Division I schools, that coveted The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland Scholastic Association “A” Conference Player of the Year. Coach Ed Athey’s persistence certainly paid off, as “Whitey” changed the landscape of baseball in his four years here, 1990-94.
Keith, who also played left field, established himself as one of the finest pitchers in Shoremen history. His career numbers included 26 wins and 14 losses, and he was on the plus side of .500 in three of his four seasons in a Shoreman uniform. Overall, he also batted well over .300.
It was as a senior, however, that the cagey right-hander turned heads. Centennial Conference coaches selected Keith as Pitcher of the Year in 1994, when he won 10 games and lost only twice for the 17-10 Shoremen. He appeared on the hill in 14 of Washington’s 27 games, starting and completing 11 games, hurling all but one inning in another, and relieving twice. He pitched a total of 94 innings, striking out 90 batters and walking only 38. His earned run average was a brilliant 1.72.
In a feat that was never duplicated in Ed Athey’s 49 years as Shore skipper, Keith pitched both ends of a conference twin bill against Western Maryland—losing the first game, 3-1, and winning the second game, 3-2 in 10 innings. He threw a total of 202 pitches.
Equally respected for his bat, Keith hit .440 in the cleanup spot with five home runs, 13 doubles and 33 RBI as a senior, helping Washington lock into a two-way tie for second in the conference. His on-base percentage was .520. Twice he was named the Shoremen’s most valuable player, and three times opposing coaches voted him on the first team of the all-conference team.
His contributions off the diamond included membership in Theta Chi fraternity, the Society of Junior Fellows, and the Athletic Advisory Council. For eight semesters in a row—his entire college career— Keith appeared on the Athletic Academic Honor Roll.
Keith graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, and stayed in Chestertown for the next two years to help coach at his alma mater. In 2002 he earned a master’s degree in psychology.
Since 1997 Keith has been a fisheries biologist with the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources. He is currently the principal investigator for the American Eel Population Study for the DNR Fisheries Service, and serves on several committees for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Keith is married to the former Andrea Wall ’98, and they live in Centreville.
Washington College considers it an honor and a privilege to induct Keith Whiteford into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 2007.