The Athletic Hall of Fame's 1990 Special Citation goes to James William Dunnington, whose association with Hampden-Sydney began 80 years ago as a student. He attended Hampden-Sydney from 1908 through 1911. Dunnington continued to support H-SC athletics and baseball in particular.
Dunnington, who after his graduation entered the tobacco business in Farmville, financially supported many students, including a member of 1989s Hall of Fame class. He used to appear at virtually every home baseball game, and sat immediately behind home plate. From there, he would question the balls and strikes of the umpire and second-guess the coaches. He was loved by all and is considered a true legend in the H-SC Athletic Department.
Mr. Dunnington died on October 1, 1971. The Dunnington Dedication Award, named is his honor, is presented each season to a Tiger baseball player who demonstrates exemplary hustle and determination.