James F. Walls

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Inducted

James F. Walls was considered by many to be one of the finest athletes in the history of Sussex County. He played four sports at Georgetown High School (football, track, basketball, baseball). In
football he was co-captain, a single wing tailback featuring speed, passing, running and kicking skills, a star defensive safety and a ferocious tackler for a team that was undefeated three years.
Jim never lost in the javelin and discus throws and scored more points in track meets than any other participant. He ran the 220 and 440 yard sprints and anchored the winning mile relay team at the
Penn Relays. At one meet he won the javelin (150 ft), shot put, discus, broad jump and tied in the pole vault. Jim was basketball center, baseball pitcher (one no-hitter), and utility player with a
rifle throwing arm, power hitter, and great base runner. Jim played football for the University of Delaware’s freshman team. Coach Murray dubbed him “the greatest of high school passers”. In 1943 Jim
joined the army and was assigned to the football team at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma. As a teenage star, he was a leader on a team of mostly college graduates. He also played volleyball, basketball
and baseball and was announced at games as “Here’s Big Jim Walls from Delaware”. After the military Jim was instrumental in organizing the Eastern Shore Basketball League and was a mainstay for 12
years on the “County Seaters” that won three championships and once won 25 consecutive games.

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