Emil W. Parker
For nearly the last third of the 20th century, Emil Parker reported on Davidson athletics as its Sports Information Director, only the second full-time SID for the Wildcats. He began his 31-year stint on Jan. 3, 1968, in the middle of the a basketball season in which Davidson was nationally ranked and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He covered 308 football games and more than 800 basketball games during his tenure, while producing more than 1,200 brochures and programs, and writing over 15,000 press releases. His 1978 basketball recruiting brochure was judged best in the nation, and several of his football brochures and programs received national and regional awards. In 1999, he was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame, becoming the first-ever member from the Southern Conference. Parker passed away July 11, 2000, slightly more than a year after retiring from his post.
E. Craig Wall, Jr. ’59
Wall was a top-notch end on the football team, leading the ’Cats in receiving and scoring as a junior with 24 receptions for 446 yards and six touchdowns. The senior captain snared 56 passes for 773 yards while reaching the end zone 10 times during his gridiron career. He helped Davidson post winning seasons in each of his four years on the squad, which was not accomplished by another class for 43 years. Wall left his mark on Davidson not only as an athlete, but also as a staunch supporter of the college. The President and CEO of Canal Industries for 35 years after earning his MBA from Harvard in 1962, he was on Davidson’s Board of Trustees from 1976, and its chair in 1989, until his death in 1997. Words alone cannot capture the spirit of Wall, who left a lasting impression on not only the college, but the people who are Davidson College as well.
Greg B. Wilcox ’90
Simply put, Wilcox is the greatest pitcher to ever don a uniform for the Wildcats. He holds finished his career with five career records, including wins (33) and strikeouts (379). No other Davidson hurler is within even 100 whiffs of Wilcox. As a sophomore, he tied an 80-year-old Wildcat record by striking out 17 UNC Charlotte batters, and was selected All-Southern Conference. A mainstay of the rotation upon entering school as a freshman, Wilcox’s finest season came as a senior when he finished with 12 wins against only two losses, a record 125 strikeouts and a miniscule 2.14 ERA, the best mark at Davidson since the advent of the aluminum bat. For his efforts he was given the Tommy Peters Award.
Charles J. Williams ’49
Mike Williams, considered by his peers as the best athlete at Davidson of his era, was a multi-sport star for the Wildcat, participating in basketball, football and tennis. In basketball, he played four seasons (1944, ’47, ’48, ’49) and was co-captain for two years. In football he played three seasons (1943, ’47, ’48) and was a member of the tennis team two years (1947, ’48). He was named all-state in basketball and was a third team All-Southern Conference selection. His Davidson career was interrupted by a tour of duty with the Army Air Corps from 1944-46. At Davidson, he was a member of the Student Council, junior class president, president of Kappa Sigma and was named to Who’s Who Among American College Students.