Ray Scarborough


Ray Scarborough has had one of the most illustrious post-graduate careers of the many great Wake Forest athletes. A starting pitcher for Wake Forest from 1937 to 1939, he went on to an outstanding professional baseball career of 14 years, followed by many years of scouting and coaching.

Scarborough was originally from Mt. Gilead, N.C., and graduation from Mt. Gilead High School in 1934. After attending Rutherford Junior College, he distinguished himself at Wake Forest for three years. Although records from his playing career are incomplete, Scarborough pitched the Deacs to a 33-9-1 record (with 1938 not included).

After two years of coaching at Tabor City High, he signed a pro contract with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Class AA) of the Southern League. In 1942 the Washington Senators brought him to the majors. He put three outstanding years together with the Senators from 1948 to 1950. In 1948, he won 15 games and losing 8, with an ERA of 2.82. He won 13 games in 1949 and in 1950 he was traded to the White Sox mid-season and selected to the American League All-Star team. He finished his career with the New York Yankees (pitching in their 1952 World Series victory) and the Detroit Tigers. He recorded 80 wins and 564 strikeouts in his career.

In 1958, Scarborough was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a scout. He served in that capacity for almost all of the next 15 years, interrupting those duties in the first half of the 1968 season by serving as the pitching coach. He later scouted for the California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers.

Ray Scarborough passed away on July 1, 1982 at the age of 64 in Mount Olive, N.C.


Jim Waller


Jim Waller is a memorable part of the Wake Forest community as both a stellar basketball player and a social leader for Winston-Salem.

As a freshman, Waller played four sports for the Deacons, but he concentrated his efforts on the hardwood 1937 to 1939. For three varsity seasons, he won All-State and All-Southern honors, captaining the Deacon team his senior year. In addition, his senior year he was Southern Conference scoring champion and was selected for the All-Eastern team. Always active in student affairs, he found time to be student body president his senior.

Despite incomplete statistics and the tendency for basketball games of that era to be extremely low-scoring, it has been calculated that Waller scored over 1,500 points in his varsity career at Wake Forest.

Waller went on to the Wake Forest School of Law following graduation, then served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1950 he was named Police Chief of the City of Winston-Salem.

Among his many honors as civic leader were appointment to the Director of Public Safety post; various positions and committees in the International Association of Chiefs of Police; pioneering of the fire-police concept; the Presidential Award for Service to Youth presented by the Pop Warner conference in 1958; and the 1952 Mission Golf Seal of Progress Award as the state's outstanding police chief. In all, he contributed 28 years of meritorious law enforcement to the local community.

The highlight of his years at Wake Forest was undoubtedly the school's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1939, where the 5-11 Waller dazzled fans with such as yet unheard of moves as the hook shot, and drawing fouls with a pull-up jump shot.

Waller was a native of Bogalusa, La. He graduated from Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville, TN. He passed away of cancer in 1969 at age 51.

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