Virginia Rugby Union Hall of Fame inductee,William N. Walker was born April 3rd,1938 in Newton,Mass. Bill attended Newton High School,class of 1956,graduated from Wesleyan University,BA with Honors in 1960. Bill played rugby for Wesleyan as an undergraduate. Bill Walker with Jeff Savage founded the rugby club at University of Virginia while a law student in the early 60s,graduating JD in 1963.


While at UVA,Bill Walker was the first organizer for the venerable Commonwealth Cup Rugby Tournament. Yale,Notre Dame,and Princeton were the rugby sides that participated in the first Cup. The Commonwealth Cup grew into the premier spring rugby tournament on the east coast with the best rugby clubs in the east participating. After graduating from UVA Law School,Bill Walker founded the Chicago Lions RFC,which grew into the premier rugby club of the midwest. Bill was,also, co-founder of the Midwest Rugby Union with vic Hilarov of Wisconsin RFC. Bill served as Executive Secretary of the Midwest RU.


Interesting to note that Bill Walker was an outstanding baseball player leading the Cap Cod summer league in hitting the summer of 1957. Led New England colleges in Home Runs in 1960. Bill Walker signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 1960 and played in the minors. Bill could not hit a slider so Law School became his best option. Bill Walker is currently member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in NY.



Bill Walker and Jeff Savage facing the camera
Summary:

William N. Walker
Born April 3, 1938, Newton Mass.
Newton High School 1956
Wesleyan University BA with honors 1960 University of Virginia JD 1963
Rugby Career 1959 Played for Wesleyan Club team
1961 Co-Founder (with Jeff Savage) Virginia Rugby Club
1961-1963 Executive Secretary of the Virginia Rugby Club
1963 Organizer, Commonwealth Cup Rugby Tournament: Virginia, Yale, Notre Dame and Princeton
1963 Founder Chicago Lions Rugby Club; President 1963 - 1966
1963 Co-Founder Midwest Ruby Union (with Vic Hilarov of the Wisconsin RFC; Vic is a member of the Board of the USRFC)
1963 – 1966 Executive Secretary Midwest Rugby Union

Other athletic honors
1957 Led the Cape Cod summer baseball league in hitting
1960 Led New England colleges in home runs
1960 Signed professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Assigned to Bluefield, West Virginia Minor league team. Released. (Couldn’t hit the slider)
1984 to date, Member Winged Foot Golf Club
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