Fauquier product played 2 games in ’43 World Series
“Bud” Metheny, who played two games in right field for the Yankees in the 1943 World Series, talks with young fans during his three seasons in New York.
Seventy-three years ago, a Calverton High School graduate played two World Series games in right field.
After graduating from high school in Southern Fauquier, Metheny attended the College of William and Mary on a New York Yankees scholarship.
After his playing days, Metheny had a long, successful career as a coach and athletic director at Old Dominion in Norfolk.
Arthur “Bud” Metheny got a hit and struck out twice in eight plate appearances as his New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.
After Mr. Metheny graduated from high school in Southern Fauquier, “his mother signed a professional baseball contract for him with the New York Yankees organization,” reads his biography in the Old Dominion University archives. “Metheny attended the College of William and Mary on a New York Yankees’ scholarship.”
He played four years of college baseball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education in 1940.
Born in St. Louis, he moved with his family to Fauquier where his father worked for the railroad. His mother was a county native.
After college and two years playing minor league baseball, the Yankees called Mr. Metheny up to “The Bigs,” where he made his debut on April 27, 1943. That season, he helped New York win its 10th championship and played two more years for the Yankees.
In 1946, New York sold Mr. Metheny’s contract to the Boston Red Sox and he went back to the minors. He started his managing and coaching career two years later. Mr. Metheny worked 32 years as a very successful baseball and basketball coach and later as athletic director (1963-70) at Old Dominion College in Norfolk. He also earned a master’s degree in 1952.
The College Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in Dallas inducted Mr. Metheny in 1983. He also is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the William and Mary Hall of Fame, the Old Dominion University Hall of Fame and the Tidewater Baseball Hall of Fame.
A Virginia Beach resident, Mr. Metheny retired in 1980 and died in 2002 at age 87.
He had the distinction of being the last Yankee to wear jersey number 3, the same as Babe Ruth’s.
Local historian “Dink” Godfrey of Warrenton recently shared Mr. Metheny’s story.
“His mother was my grandfather’s sister,” Mr. Godfrey explained.
A recent Fauquier Times sports feature prompted him to pull out his file on Mr. Metheny.
The newspaper story inaccurately called 1993 Fauquier High School graduate Mike Duvall, who pitched for the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, “the only Major League Baseball player to ever come out of Fauquier County.”
The newspaper staff failed to respond when he pointed out the error, Mr. Godfrey said.
In addition to being — as far as we know — the only Fauquier product ever to play in a World Series, Mr. Metheny had the distinction of being the last Yankee to wear jersey number 3, the same as Babe Ruth’s.
Calverton High School closed decades ago, probably in the 1950s, Mr. Godfrey added.
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Louie Warren · October 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm
Calverton closed sometime after 1965. I went there until 1964 and my wife went there until 1965.
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