Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame

Jack Ingalls

Inducted 2011
Jack was a five-letter athlete in high school at Tulsa, OK. He was All-State in football, ran the 100 yard dash in 9.9 seconds in track at Sandy Springs High School. He played American Legion baseball at Tulsa and made the All-Star team at third base.

He enlisted in the Marine Corp on February 2, 1944 and was assigned to the Fourth Division and Played baseball for the “Maui Marines”, a service exhibition team. After the war ended, he played football for the Okinawa Marines and made All-Star at tailback. That team won the China Sea Championship.

Jack had scholarship offers to play for the university of Tulsa, Northeastern Oklahoma, and the Naval Academy. He chose Northeastern Oklahoma and later gave up his scholarship to play pro-football for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference.

Injuries ended his football career and he signed a pro-baseball contract in 1948 with the Atlanta Crackers. He went to spring training with them and was assigned to the Waycross Bears. The Bears won the Georgia-Florida League pennant and Shaunnessy play offs that season. After spring training in 1949 with Atlanta he returned to the Waycross Bears and was later recalled to Atlanta.

At that time the Gainesville team in the Florida State League had a chance to win the pennant and needed a pitcher. He was sent to the G-men and they won the pennant. One of the highlights of that assignment was striking out 7 of 9 hitters in the three innings he pitched in the All-Star Game.

In 1950 he was signed by the Chicago White-Sox and was to report to the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association. However, he was recalled to the Marine Corps at the outbreak of the Korean Ware. He was assigned to Special Services and played baseball and football for the Camp LeJeune teams for 16 months until he was discharged. The 1951 baseball team won the Marine Corps Championship.  He won 23 games and lost 3, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per game. He made the All-Marines team. One noteworthy outing was when he pitched against the College All-Stars in the Navy Relief Fame at Fenway Park in Boston which he won 3-2.

Jack returned to Waycross and went to work for the ACL Railroad and played semi-pro baseball. He continued to play golf at a high level for many years as well. He is married to Eula and has three sons, Neel, Chris and Keith Ingalls. He has two stepsons, Derek and Kynn Crosby.