Virgil A. Swanson

Virgil A Swanson, Medford Sports Hall of FameVirg moved from California to Ashland, Oregon in 1914 then to Roseburg in 1921 where he played basketball and baseball for Rose Grade School. In 1925 and 1926 he played basketball and baseball for his class in the intramural athletics. In 1926 and 1927 he played varsity football and basketball for Roseburg High before moving to Medford in 1927. Under coach Prink Callison, he quarterbacked the 1927 football team to an undefeated season. Playing forward d on the basketball teams of 1927 and 1928 as #6man, his team was beaten in the finals by Washington High of Portland in a double overtime. He played basketball for the Weed Mercantile of Weed, California in the Northern California League in 1928 and from 1929 to 1935 he played baseball and basketball for various town teams as well as softball, known in those days at Kitten Ball.

Virg started refereeing football in 1931 and continued for 35 years, including high school and college games. He worked at 2 shrine games in Portland, numerous championship high school games in all classes as well as important college games. He umpired softball in Medford from, 1946-1973, working many tournaments, including the Dairy Maids of White City as well as the men’s games played at what is now Fagone Field. During his years of umpiring baseball, he worked the pro baseball “D” league in Medford and Klamath Falls.

Virg retired from refereeing basketball in 1959, football in 1966 and baseball in 1973.