Elmer Barbour


Elmer Barbour was an outstanding football player for Wake Forest from 1941-44.

Barbour came to Wake Forest after earning all-state honors at Durham High School. He was switched to blocking back in the single-wing system and served as co-captain of the 1943 team and captain of the 1944 club.

He was named to the All-Southern Conference team in 1943 and 1944 and received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SoCon's best blocker in 1944. "Bullet" Barbour was also considered an outstanding linebacker.

As a senior, Barbour helped lead Wake Forest to an 8-1 record in 1944. A first-round draft pick of the New York Giants, he played three games for the club in 1945. He returned to Wake Forest as an assistant coach from 1956-60.

Barbour was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.


Richard Kelly "Dickie" Davis


A three-year letterman in football, Davis was a member of the Wake Forest football team from 1949-51.

Davis enrolled at Wake Forest in 1948 and was a quarterback and punter on the freshman team. In 1949, he led the Big Four in punt returns while playing safety and holding for extra points. He was chosen All-Southern Conference as a quarterback in 1950 and was named to the all-conference team as a safety in 1951, earning the rare honor of being named all-league on both sides of the ball.

Davis led WFU to the mythical "Big Four" title in 1950 and 1951 and he helped lead the Deacons to four consecutive victories over Duke and coach Wallace Wade. In 1952 and 1953, Davis worked as WFU's freshman coach and scout.


Vic Sorrell

Vic Sorrell dedicated his life to baseball as a player and coach. His long career in the professional leagues and in the ACC as both a player and manager make him one of the more compelling baseball figures from Wake Forest.

Sorrell was a stellar pitcher for the Demon Deacons during the mid 1920s. He won a freshman state championship in 1924 and helped the Deacs win two varsity state championships in 1925 and 1926.

Shortly after his collegiate playing career was over, Sorrell joined the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League in 1926. In 1928, Sorrell broke through to the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers. He played with the Tigers for 10 years and helped the 1935 club to the world championship.

As a rookie in 1928, he was selected to the American League All-Rookie team. During his first few seasons, Sorrell was a workhorse for the Tigers, logging 1341.4 innings with 80 complete games and 76 wins. Toward the end of his career he came out of the bullpen, finishing 6th in American League saves in 1936.

Following his professional retirement, Sorrell served as head coach at N.C. State for 21 years, compiling a 223-195 record.

Vic Sorrel passed away on May 4, 1972 and was posthumously inducted into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame on January 25, 2003.

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