Herbert Lee Washington (born November 16, 1951) is a former world-class sprinter in the early 1970s who parlayed his speed into a brief Major League Baseball (MLB) stint, and later became the owner/operator of numerous McDonald's restaurants and a minor league professional hockey franchise, and held a number of high-ranking executive posts on varied boards and organizations.
Washington became one of the world's most celebrated sprinters as a student-athlete at Flint Central High School and Michigan State University. The four-time all-American won one National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title, seven Big Ten titles, and tied or broke the world record in the 50- and 60-yard dashes several times. He went on to gain further recognition as a player for baseball's Oakland Athletics, despite not playing baseball since high school. After being released in 1975 he was not signed by another team and retired.
By Dean Hanley
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