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Weemie (Weems) Baskin

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Inducted: 1982, coach

Born: July 25, 1904 - Carrolton, Georgia
Deceased: May 10, 1993

A head track coach for 33 years, most of them at the University of South Carolina, Weemie "Weems" Baskin also was an outstanding hurdler at Auburn University where he was coached by another Hall of Famer, Wilbur Hutsell. He retired from South Carolina in 1969 after 26 years of coaching, during which he compiled a record of 90 victories and 47 defeats in dual meet competition. A former president of the National Collegiate Track and Field Coaches Association, he and University of Michigan coach Don Canham helped started the NCAA indoor championships in Detroit. His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where he helped developed high hurdles world-record holder Forrest "Spec" Towns, also a Hall of Famer. After seven years at Georgia, he coached at the University of Mississippi from 1938 to 1943. At one point in his career, he was also a sportswriter in New York. Highlights of his athletic career at Auburn University included a national collegiate hurdles title in 1927 as well as an AAU outdoor championship that same year and an AAU indoor championship in 1928.

1927 AAU: (1st)
1928 AAU: (1st)
1927 NCAA: (1st)

undergraduate: Auburn (Auburn, Alabama), 1927


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