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George "Tookie" James

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College recruiters always search for the ‘complete package’: a player who combines athleticism and intelligence. George (Tookie) James was a recruiter’s dream. Graduating sixth of 352 students in his 1955 Beaver Falls High School class, Tookie starred in three sports and earned all star recognition in each. He was the quarterback in football, a defender in basketball, and a catcher in baseball who was chosen twice to play in the American Legion State All Star game. Although receiving offers from seven major league teams, Tookie accepted a full scholarship to Westminster College, where he played football and baseball. He was a three year starter and two year captain on the gridiron, playing on two undefeated squads. He smacked a grand slam in his first baseball game and went on to earn four varsity letters for the Titans. After graduating from Westminster, Tookie again declined several professional baseball offers to attend law school at Dickinson College. He has had a successful career as a lawyer in Beaver Falls.