Hall of Fame

Wayne Byrd, Sr. - Player

Inducted in 2024

Born in Parksley, Virginia, Wayne was a three-sport athlete at Parksley High School. He played football, basketball, and baseball. As a left-handed pitcher, he was overpowering with a blazing fastball. In his senior year, Wayne was 7-2 with an ERA of 2.50 and averaged 10-12 strikeouts per game. That season, he threw a no-hitter against Cape Charles High School, who was a higher classification than Parksley. He finished his high school career by being the winning pitcher against Atlantic High School in the Group 3 Eastern Shore High School Championship, striking out 14 batters. After his high school success, the Baltimore Orioles signed him to a professional baseball contract in 1959, assigning Wayne to Bluefield in the Appalachian League. Soon after his start in professional baseball, he injured his throwing arm, which ended his pro career. After his playing days, Wayne spent over 25 years as a banking executive and was a vice-president of Hebron Savings Bank at the time of his passing.