"Honey" as his peers affectionately
called him, graduated from West Bethlehem High School in 1949 as an
all-star athlete. Lettering in both football and basketball for (4)
years and baseball for (2) years, he made his mark as one of the
legendary ball players to grace the West Bethlehem campus, and the West
Beth Varsity Club for lettermen.
In his senior year he was captain of the football team and scored 66
points. He was selected to play in the Washington County All-Star
football game in 1949. In basketball he was the team's high scorer in
his junior and senior year, 537 points in 47 games and average of 11.4
points a game. He was arguably the most outstanding athlete to play
sports at West Bethlehem High School.
In 1949, upon his completion of high school, this exceptional athlete
was signed as an under-aged player to the Homestead Grays Baseball Team,
the Negro National League Champions for nine consecutive years. He
played for the Negro Professional Baseball league for (2) years before
returning to school as a college freshman at Waynesburg College, in
At Waynesburg, in 1951, Stanford played varsity football on both
offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He helped his team to win the
Tri-State Conference Championship. After the football season, he joined
the varsity basketball team but his season was cut very short, when he
was drafted into the United States Army, where he was placed in the
Special Services, and continued to play football, basketball, and
baseball for the troops from August 1952 to August 1954.
Among his football, basketball, and baseball careers, Stanford "Honey"
Hunsucker also managed to take up the sport of boxing, as an amateur
boxer in the state of Pennsylvania.