Graig Fantuzzi '96
Graig Fantuzzi ’96 is among the top scholar-athletes in Washington and Lee history. He was a four-year letterwinner for the baseball team, serving as a captain for his senior season. He also lettered for the football team as a first-year student.
Fantuzzi started all nine games at defensive back for the football team in 1992, producing 31 tackles and two interceptions. However, it was on the diamond where Fantuzzi’s talents would be focused throughout his Washington and Lee career. He received the team’s E.G. Leslie Pitching Award after pitching a team-best 46 innings and going 3-5 on the mound as a rookie.
The following year, Fantuzzi was awarded the Tommy Baker Award as the team’s top hitter after batting a then-record .482 and stealing 10 bases en route to posting First Team All-ODAC laurels.
Fantuzzi was a Second Team All-Conference selection as a junior and a repeat pick to the first team following his senior season when he also garnered Second Team All-South Region honors after batting a team-best .378 with 13 doubles and 28 RBI.
All told, Fantuzzi finished his career batting .359 with 26 doubles, 69 runs scored and 51 RBI. He also posted a 4-9 record in 76 2/3 innings on the mound.
Fantuzzi graduated holding seven school records and he entered the Athletics Hall of Fame still second all-time in steals and second in season batting average, hitting at a .482 clip in 1994.
A tremendous student, Fantuzzi graduated as the school’s valedictorian and he was selected to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Three times he was selected to the Academic All-State team and he was a three-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America pick. Fantuzzi capped his stellar athletic career at W&L by being named the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete as the school’s top scholar-athlete in 1996.