One of the few athletes in Washington and Lee history to earn 16 varsity letters, Hartwell Leigh Williams, Jr., '32, was one of the most talented athletes to represent the Generals on the field of play.
Williams lettered for four years in football, basketball, baseball, and track while at Washington and Lee. Of the four sports, basketball and track may have been his best, but he stood out in all of them. Playing center on W&L Hall of Famer Cap'n Dick Smith's basketball squads of the late 1920s and early 1930s, Williams led teams to a combined record of 54-12 over four seasons. In those days of the center jump after every basket Williams helped W&L earn a reputation as the "Point-a-Minute" squad as the Generals routinely beat up on Southern Conference opponents by scores of 57-12 and 65-20.
Williams was an outstanding runner. Though he had never competed in track prior to his arrival in Lexington. Williams captured the Southern Conference championship in the 440 as a junior and was unbeaten in the 440 as a senior.
In football, Williams was a standout at end, once catching five passes on one game-- three from the W&L quarterback and two from the North Carolina State quarterback. He was the Generals' starter at first base in baseball, unless he was needed on the mound to pitch. He shut out Virginia Tech in one of his spot appearances as a pitcher for the Generals.
Williams, elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, was named a captain three times in his W&L career. He was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, served as president of the Monogram Club and was selected vice-president of the Athletic Association.
Williams, whose memory is perpetuated by the Norfolk Sports Club's annual outstanding college award, died one day short of his 32nd birthday in 1940.