I’ve seen it mentioned that V.L. “Stubby” Currence provided the nicknames for at least two Southwest Virginia High School sports teams.
Graham High School, Bluefield VA – nicknamed the G-Men
While the Town of Graham was renamed Bluefield in a ceremony with its “sister-city” Bluefield, West Virginia, the school retained its name and adopted the moniker of “Graham Men” or “G-Men.” The origin of the moniker dates back to ca. 1936 and Bluefield Daily Telegraph reporter Stubby Currence. He often said in reference to the football team, “just as the FBI ‘G’overnment Men always get their man,” so do the “Graham Men” or “G-Men” get their man. Athletes were also referred to as “G-Men” when they received a letter in sports.
– Graham High School website
Richlands High School, Richlands, VA – nicknamed the Blue Tornado
The story I’ve always heard about Richlands is that the nickname originated with Stubby Currence in his description of a game played back in the 1930s or thereabouts. RHS wore blue jerseys and in this particular game generated a lot of offense. In his description of it for the Daily Telegraph, Currence supposedly described the Richlands team as moving down the field like a “blue tornado.” – By RichlandsAlum on How our schools got their nicknames, SWVASports.com Forums
I haven’t be able to personally verify if these stories are true. But was a cool legacy, if so. I’ll post if there are more teams Stubby may have helped name.
Comment how your favorite high school sports team got its name. I’d love to hear them.
Yesterday, I checked on Ohio State (one of my alma maters) to make sure everything was running smoothly. While in the bookstore, I noticed a bevy of Jim Tressel books at 30 percent off.
Stubby was no stranger to college sports scandals during his time. But I wonder, can we expect college sports to ever be scandal-free?
So we’re back after our summer break and as promised, we got some sports memories on tap.
Here is a photos from what I believe is the 1922 Morris Harvey College (later renamed the University of Charleston) football team from Barboursville, West Virginia. Stubby was not a player but was a coach or manager. The Dad points out that the ole Stub Man had colored his outfit in black ink because he was embarrassed by his duds.
That sounded like a challenge. So I dug around and found an undoctored version of the same photo.
I have some other documentation to go through to match up who is who in this team photo. Stay tuned!