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D.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducting new members at Sunday’s Nats-Reds game

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PRESS RELEASE: 2013 DC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees to be honored before April 28 Nationals-Reds game – nationals.com
This coming Sunday, a number of people are being inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame, as selected Charlie Brotman and Comcast SportsNet’s Andy Ockershausen. Those to be inducted include:

Elgin Baylor – Former NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer
Bobby Beathard – Former General Manager, Washington Redskins
Dave Bing – Former NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer
Maurice “Maus” Collins – Former Head Football Coach, Archbishop Carroll & Gonzaga High Schools
Mike Gartner – Former Player Washington Capitals
Phil Hochberg – Former Stadium Announcer, Washington Senators & Washington Redskins,
*George Michael – Celebrated WRC Sportscaster
*Sam Rice – Former Player, Washington Senators
Bob Wolff – Sports Broadcasting Pioneer
Willie Wood – Former Green Bay Packer and Pro Football Hall of Famer

Of those, several of them Baylor, Bing and Wood are from D.C., but became famous elsewhere which has always been weird to me.

The Senators are well-represented with Hochberg, Rice (already a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, baseballreference.com) and Wolff, who was recently profiled by The Times. Wolff is donating over 1,000 of audio and video from his career to the Library of Congress.

Beathard was the general manager of the Redskins 1978 to 1989
(redskins.com) when they won 2 Super Bowl in 3 tries. A third Super Bowl win came in 1991 with many of his players on the roster. He was also the GM for the San Diego Chargers during their won Super Bowl run. It is surprising he didn’t get in sooner.

Gartner (1979-1989) was one of the stars of the first wave of Capitals playoff teams,. His #11 was retired a few years ago and he is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Michael belongs in the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame as much as any broadcaster for his many years at WRC-TV, but I’d have rather seen Glenn Brenner get in first. Brenner was #1 in D.C. until he died prematurely. Ken Beatrice of SportsCall fame need induction as well.

Overall, the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame is an odd institution with a confusing history. If there is any specific criteria for it, I don’t know it. Ernie Davis, the Syracuse great was drafted by the Redskins, but traded to the Cleveland Browns before dying of leukemia, is in the DCSHOF which is a stretch. I’m not sure I’d put in people primarily famous for their exploits in other cities, though the argument for Baylor, Bing and Wood are probably based on their pre-professional days.

Prior to the Nats arrival at RFK Stadium in 2005, the DCSHOF was the “Ring of Stars” with each inductee having a placard ringing the mezzanine. It helped make RFK distinctive, but they were removed for a ribbon-message board. The fates of the placards are unknown.

John Kelly tried to explain it all in a Post column (Answer Man Goes to Bat for Curious Reader) several years ago and came as close as one could hope with this:

The D.C. Sports Hall of Fame is not a physical space but a mythical one, a way for triumphs to be filtered through the warm glow of nostalgia and enjoyed once again. It also speaks to the continuity of sports, how children who grew up watching ended up playing, coaching or commentating.

Adding to the confusion is that Nationals Park also honors baseball players who made the Hall of Fame as Senators, Grays and even Montreal Expos. Three statues of Frank Howard, Walter Johnson and Josh Gibson are also in front of the centerfield entrance. Also, the Capitals and Wizards honor several players with retired numbers (not all of whom are in the DCSHOF) and the Redskins have their own Ring of Fame.

I’d love to see something more formalized with input from all the area franchises and some specific criteria for induction. Also, I’d love to see a Web site with profiles of everybody in it.

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Mr. Inaugural Parade – Charlie Brotman

A Presidential tradition, dating back to the second Dwight Eisenhower inauguration in 1957, is Charlie Brotman as the voice of the Inaugural Parade.

Brotman got the job after Eisenhower liked the way he was introduced at Opening Day of the Washington Senators in 1956. In 2005, I wrote a feature on Brotman. He was very gracious with his time on our phone call. I met him in person in 2006 and subsequent times since. Brotman was the last p.a. announcer at Griffith Stadium and routinely handled that role on Opening Day, including when baseball returned to the Nation’s Capital in 2005 with the Nationals. Brotman moved in to public relations and became a juggernaut. He’s one of the great Washingtonians.

MORE ON BROTMAN

Charlie Brotman to Announce His 15th Inaugural Parade Monday
Washingtonian

Inaugural parade’s announcer knows how to call ‘em as voice of former Washington Senators ballclubThe Post

Q&A Brotman: ‘Ronald Reagan would have been a good boxer’Ring TV

BRTOMAN PROFILE FROM NBC NEWS

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50 years ago today, Griffith Stadium hosted its last game

DICK HELLER: The spirit of Griffith lingers 50 years laterThe Wash. Times
On this day in 1961, the Washington Senators era at Griffith Stadium came to a close.

Contrary to the madness of the 1971 finale when rowdy fans caused a forfeit in advance of the Senators leaving to “some jerk town with a single boast of being equidistant between Dallas and Ft. Worth”, sentimentality was low:

“There were no eulogies, no ceremonies, no tears,” Bob Addie reported in The Washington Post. Columnist Shirley Povich put it this way: “A stadium was laid to rest. Not many showed up for the services, and the deceased was not much of a draw.”

Yet it was a mournful day for those of us who practically grew up there. Sure Griffith was a dump, but it was our dump.

Only 1,498 were in attendance to see the expansion Senators face the Minnesota Twins, who had been D.C.’s team until Calvin Griffith moved them out because he was a racist.

The Senators would move in to RFK Stadium the next April. The Redskins moved in 9 days later.

Also, it was noted that PR man, Charlie Brotman suggested that Griffith Stadium be opened up for fans looking for souvenirs prior to the 1965 demolition, but the Senators ownership thought it was foolish. Brotman was able to save the presidential seats and still has them in his home.

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Nats waste strong Jordan Zimmermann start, fall to Cliff Lee, Phillies

Entering the sixth inning, there seemed to be a collective awareness of twitter that Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann had not allowed a runner to reach base. So, two pitches later Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz reached all the bases when he homered. That would prove to be enough for the visitors, but two errors led to more Phillies runs in the 7th inning. Final score, Philadelphia 4 WASHINGTON 0.

In the third inning, Espinosa had doubled and reached third base after a sacrifice. Running on contact, he was thrown out at the plate when Zimmermann grounded right to shortstop Jimmy Rollins. That was the best opprutunity the Nats had against Cliff Lee, who pitched Philadelphia’s second consecutive complete game. The last time that happened, according to the Washington Nationals Radio Network — 1999.

After six games, leadoff hitter Ian Desmond is still hitless at Nationals Park.

Nationals vs. Phillies: Cliff Lee’s shutout outdoes Jordan Zimmermann’s five perfect inningsThe Post
Zimmermann dazzles, but Lee shuts down NatsCSN Washington
Zimmermann’s strong outing goes for naught vs. PhilsThe Wash. Times

Also of note, Stephen Strasburg has not yet begun throwing off a mound., according to Nationals Journal (The Post), meaning his is behind the Zimmermann track for recovering from Tommy John Surgery. On Wednesday evening, I was telling a co-worker that I did not expect to see Strasburg pitching in the majors this year and this pretty much confirms the hunch.

Oh and Fleas manager Charlie Manuel said some stuff that Thomas Boswell wanted to hear, like:

“But they are determined to get it right. They have a plan now. They have definitely improved already. They’ve always played us a lot of close games until the late innings. But then their defense, and [mental] mistakes, they’d just absolutely give us . . . [pause] . . . Let’s say if you stayed with ’em, they’d usually beat themselves. But that’s changing.

“They’ve played every team in the division already. They play the Braves better now; the Mets and Marlins, too. And it looks like they play us better

No, no, no Cholly, they have “PHASE 2″ now!

In the end, the Nats got one win in the series, the game they “had” to win against starter Joe Blanton. They had a shot late against Roy Halladay in the 9th two nights ago. They had nothing against Lee.

I am now behind 1-2 in The 2011 Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge. If I was 0-3, I would not even have feint hope.

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