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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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Minnesota newspaper Nats headline fail

Twin Cities paper goes way back in time for Strasburg headlineBig League Stew
The headline writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune used “Senators” in a headline about Stephen Strasburg (or as I call him Prometheus). The Senators of course were the name the original Washington MLB franchise was best known as though it was also called the Nationals and Nats; Charlie Brotman made Senators official in the mid-1950s. They moved to Minnesota for the 1961 season. The second D.C. MLB team was called Senators as well.

I mention this happening because somebody in the Star-Tribune newsroom needs to be reminded that if not for the racism of Calvin Griffith, he may not have a home team.

By the way, The Baseball Analysts say the move of the Senators 1.0 to the Twin Cities was a wash, no pun intended, I assume.

Also, people in Harrisburg, home of the Nats AA farm, team wouldn’t mind Strasburg being on their Senators at the start of the season.

Also, a co-worker asked about the “Senators” recently. He, for what it is worth, is from New York State and used to follow the Binghamton Senators AHL team.

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Another inaugural parade for Charlie Brotman

‘Ordinary’ Sports Guy Will Introduce the President Once AgainThe Post
Charlie Brotman, long-time D.C. baseball p.a. announcer and public relation legend, is scheduled to be behind the microphone for the inaugural parade. He has handled every one of them since 1956.

Back in 2005, I featured a profile on him — (Brotman’s job of a lifetime). In 2006, I met him at the ownership announcement.

Charlie is a great guy who really needs to write an autobiography.

The man behind the mic: Charlie BrotmanThe Wash. Times
‘President’s announcer’ feels excitementThe Wash. Times
Inauguration announcer has seat for history as it happensUSA Today

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Nats: Which is more annoying?

In the last week it has been a cause célèbre in the blogosphere and elsewhere to dump on the song “Nuts About the Nats”, (courtesy of Eliot In the Morning) created by p.a. announcer emeritus Charlie Brotman. A few blogs, which I won’t bother to link to because I’m busy and don’t want to reward bad behavior, have really gone off on it. The song, which strikes me as bland and seemingly inoffensive, has been called a train wreck and abortion; some have said they’ll boycott Nats games over it. They also a lot of f-bombs flying around to make the point. OMG. You. Guys. Are. So. Baaaaad. Do you wear baseball caps sideways and use only one backpack strap too?

Anyway, I may be a little biased because Brotman is such a good guy. I profiled him back in 2005 and during my interview with him, he told me about a song that he was coming up with over 50 years ago when he was trying to figure what the first AL team’s official nickname should be; it had lyrics similar to the ones in “Nuts About the Nats.” I also met Brotman at the press conference announcing the Lerner group as the new owners.

As for the song, I kind of want it to stay since I have to listen to “In Da Club,” “Twilight Zone,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Livin’ On a Prayer,” “Bring ‘em Out, Bring ‘em Out” I figure others should have to deal with something they don’t like.

The other annoying thing is the constant articles about attendance. The team averaged over 29,000 for the month of April. That isn’t great, but given the miscalculation by the Nats on getting to the ballpark and ticket prices, it isn’t bad. It is all going to work out and they will have a solid total overall.

So, which is more annoying to you, the whining about “Nuts About the Nats” or the whining about the attendance?

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Nats lose to Fish; Lern more about the new ownership

New Owner, Same Result For NationalsThe Post
The Nats rallied from 5-0, but blew it in the ninth to lose 6-5 to Florida. That is the ninth loss in the last eleven games. They have one exactly one game at home as of May 3.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats drop ninth in last 11

BoxscoreESPN



Marion Barry blesses the Lerner press conference with his presence, insuring a glorious 1,000-year reign for the Nationals. Check out my photo gallery of the event.

The Post

  • After 17 Months, Baseball Introduces Nats’ Owners
  • Nats’ Brass Say They’ll Rebuild From Within
  • A ‘Man of Mystery’ Steps Into the Spotlight
  • A Warm Welcome, and a Wish List
  • Nationals’ Q&A
  • Steeped in TV, Politics, Business
  • THOMAS BOSWELLThe New Owner Is Old School
  • GRAPHIC: New Nationals Lineup
  • For Owner Also-Rans, There Is No Next Year
  • Finally, a Proprietor

    The Wash. Times

  • Lerners get the Nationals
  • At long last
  • Williams set to work with Nats’ new owner
  • TOM KNOTTPot of gold, though Lerner rainbow incomplete
  • Other bidders sad but gracious
  • Players welcome a new regim
  • New owners must do more than simply talk a good game
  • Fans, stadium on Nats’ fix-it list
  • DICK HELLERFor better or worse
  • ‘Family affair’

    The Wash. Examiner

  • Baseball chooses Lerner
  • Ted Lerner brings his field of dreams to reality
  • Ownership decision viewed as win
  • New owner, same team
  • Jim Bowden: The right decision for D.C.
  • Jim Williams: Haber and WUSA had Nats story right

    nationals.com

  • Lerners to buy Nationals from MLB
  • Nats new ownership focused on farm system
  • Nationals pleased with new ownership
  • Tavares to leave Nationals

    The Times

  • Nationals Have Owner, and Baseball Turns Profit

    USA Today

  • Lerner group wins Nationals



    Some more thoughts:

  • Well thank god Marion Barry, Vincent Orange, and Jim Bowden are happy with the Lerners, I don’t know how I could accept this ownership group without their endorsement.
  • Interestingly enough, Barry and Orange were the only to council members there. They were introduced to polite applause.
  • Adrian Fenty had this to say: “There’s too much to gain for everybody, even though the process wasn’t the greatest,” Fenty said. “It’s a great time for a new fresh start. We need to get momentum back for the Nationals.”
  • Stan Kasten announced he would be available to District officials, promising to give out his phone numbers. Kasten got a good laugh from the crowd when he told WTOP’s Marc Plotkin that privilege was reserved for people who were elected.
  • Bill Ladson lives up to his nickname, “Rocket.” The guy moves fast.
  • I did not see any MASN crews over there.



  • I asked Charlie Brotman why he was not doing the p.a. duties on Opening Day. “They wanted the regular guy.”
  • I had no problems getting into the press conference.
  • I don’t think there were any more than ten fans in attendance.
  • A fair number of people, including credentialed media, were badmouthing Barry under their breath.

    Also see: MissChatter transcript of Bud Selig’s conference call

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  • Lerner press conference

    I was able to attend the Lerner press conference at the Fairmont Hotel on M Street NW this evening. I took 25 photos of the event. You can watch the press conference and report via wusa9.com.

    Since I was snapping photos, I was not able to take notes. Here is what comes off the top of my head:

  • “Well, it’s been some kind of day.”

    Ted Lerner read from a prepared statement. His best line — “I had not realized I was such a man of mystery until I read a couple of recent newspaper articles.” He generally did not answer questions from the press, his son Mark and Stan Kasten, Nationals president.

    He pronounces the city, “Warshington.”

  • Mark Lerner also read from a prepared statement.
  • Stan Kasten spoke without notes. His three main points: player development, customer satisfaction, community relations.
  • When asked if they lived in the District, Ted said they paid $10 million in taxes to the city. Most other questions were answered by Mark Lerner and Stan Kasten.
  • Vincent Orange showed up early in the press conference, Marion Barry showed up about halfway through. Both were noted by Edward Cohen, son-in-law of Ted and a principal owner.
  • James Brown mentioned that grandfather was involved with the Hattiesburg Black Sox, a Mississippi baseball team that continues to this day.
  • I got a press kit, the releases are linked below
  • I met Charlie Brotman and had my photo taken with him.
  • Barry and Orange managed to get down to the stage quicky after the formal press conference. Barry shook Ted Lerner’s hand for over a thirty seconds and was in the middle of several photos taken of all involved.
  • Okay, I have go to bed.

    More from Marc Fisher of The Post: Two Words on the Nats’ Owner: Abe Pollin

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    The Lerner Philosophy on Ownership of the
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  • OPENING NIGHT!

    No time for commentary on this momentous day, so it is just headlines today.

    The Post

  • The Old Ballgame in a New City
  • Finally, Nationals Call Themselves Homeowners
  • RFK Schedule
  • Nationals Draw Another Bid Group
  • RFK’s Field May Be Named For Military
  • EditorialBaseball Tonight
  • Anthony A. Williams and Jack EvansA Good TV Deal for the Nats

    The Wash. Times

  • Welcome home, Nationals
  • Finally, our time has come
  • First pitches frequently wind up imperfect
  • Nationals’ Guillen slugs Braves into submission
  • Ohka survives lack of control
  • Stadium sponsor enlisted for today
  • EditorialOpening day

    The Wash. Examiner

  • RFK Opener! How to get there, what we’ll see
  • Opening Day survival guide
  • Commentary – A sneak peek at RFK
  • Nats on verge of media blitz

    USA Today

  • Baseball: A capital idea, again
  • Hear
    legendary voice of the Senators
    (Flash feature on Charlie Brotman)
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