William A. “Bill” Skinner

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He didn’t go out for sports at Wilmington High–didn’t even graduate–but Bill became a blue-collar hero as a World Class javelin thrower. He left school in 1957 to join the Navy–where he
received his equivalent diploma–and came home to a job as a sheet-metal worker. At age 22, he threw his first javelin on a dare and days later, won the Middle Atlantic AAU title. Married and a
father—he became a vintage freshman at the University of Tennessee and as a 30-year-old junior, won the AAU, NCAA and USTTF championships and defeated the Olympic champion in a dual meet vs.
Russia. His career best was 291 ft., 9 1/2 inches in a meet in Germany. Bill was the cover boy on the 1971 NCAA Track and Field Guide. He graduated with a 3.0 average.





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