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Virgil Robinson
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1996 Individual Award Winner


 

Notorious for his high school state pole vault championship, with a school record vault of 12’ 6” in 1937, Virgil Robinson is another in Centralia’s long line of multi-talented athletes. He also tied for second in state his Junior year with a vault of 12’0”. The Southeast Illinois District pole vault record of 11’8” was set by Robinson in 1937.

Robinson was a member of the 1936 C.H.S. undefeated football team. That team, one of seven to be undefeated in C.H.S. history, was 11-0 and outscored their opponents 429-58.

As a member of the basketball teams at C.H.S. in 1936, and 1937, he contributed to records of 18-14, and 26-4. The 1936 squad made a state tourney (Sweet Sixteen) appearance, falling in the first game to Danville, the second place finisher. 

Away from high school, Robinson was also quite a performer. He set a Demolay senior division pole vault record. In 1939, he pitched for the state championship Demolay softball team, hitting a home run to win the deciding game. Also that year, he pitched for the Lion’s Club City softball champions and again hit a home run to win the title.

Robinson was an outstanding pitcher in the Industrial League at that time, pitching for Mobil Gas. In 1957, he pitched for the city slow-pitch champs, Richard’s Tank. In 1944, he was the leading scorer in the Industrial Basketball League, playing for Ohio Seamless Tube. 

While in the military in 1944, Robinson played tackle for the 11th Regiment Invaders football team out of Camp Fannin, Texas.


 

 

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