Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jimmy Leech

Jimmy Leech


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Virginia Military
  • High School: Lexington, VA (Lexington HS)
  • Years: 1917, 1919-1920
  • Inducted: 1956
  • Place of Birth: Collierville, VA
  • Date of Birth: Apr 13, 1897
  • Place of Death: Hamden, CT
  • Date of Death: Aug 16, 1951
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 155

Member Biography

Jimmy Leech was on the team at Virginia Military Institute in 1917. He left to join the Marine Corps and was a lieutenant in World War I. Leech returned for the 1919 and 1920 seasons. In 1920 he made 26 touchdowns and drop-kicked extra points and field goals. His 210 points led the nation. VMI won all nine games, whipping major foes such as Pennsylvania 27-7, Virginia 22-6, North Carolina 23-0, and North Carolina State 14-0. VMI out-scored its nine opponents 431-20. Leech, 5-8 and 155-pounds, captained the football and basketball teams, played on the baseball teams, and also excelled in swimming and tennis. He was born April 13, 1897, in Collierville, Virginia; he died August 16, 1951, in Hamden, Connecticut, where he headed an insurance agency.