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Lee Shinn '40

Lee Shinn '40

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  • Hall of Fame Class of 1995
Lee Shinn lettered in baseball all four years at Willamette and later played for the Salem Senators minor league baseball team (1940-41). However, his athletic career reached higher-level years later. Shinn was introduced to the game of handball while stationed with the Navy in Bremerton, Wash., during WWII. He went on to win 13 national championships in the sport: six singles titles and seven doubles crowns. He also won six national YMCA championships in singles and doubles. Shinn was the Salem Breakfast Club Athlete of the Year in 1976-77 and was inducted into the Multnomah Athletic Club Wall of Fame in 1982. He was honored by Willamette in 1989 for his dedication and support of its athletic booster club, Cardinal Round Table. Shinn worked for 31 years in Salem in the automobile business.
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