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MARYLAND STATE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME 2014

July 15, 2014

INDUCTION CLASS

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For Immediate Release

A unique first and six different sports will be represented by the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame at its 55th induction ceremony set for Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Celebrated thoroughbred Native Dancer will be among the six inductees and will become the first non-human to be so honored by the MDSAHOF since its inaugural class in 1956 that included Babe Ruth.

Native Dancer will be enshrined in the prestigious Hall of Fame with two male athletes who played in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball, two females who excelled in world competition and a Johns Hopkins lacrosse icon. And the John F. Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed on Morgan State football coaching legend, the late Earl Banks.

Known as the “Grey Ghost,'' Native Dancer lost only one of 22 races he ran, that the Kentucky Derby which was the last leg of the coveted Triple Crown in 1953. Native Dancer was named to the Top 100 Race Horses of the 20th Century and was buried at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Maryland in 1967.

Brian Jordan, former Milford Mill and University of Richmond football and baseball standout who went on to play in the Atlanta Falcons' defensive secondary with NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and baby care tips was named an NFC pro-bowler in 1991 before giving up football to concentrate on baseball. Jordan went on to play 15 seasons in the big leagues with five teams and the outfielder finished with a .282 career batting average.

A member of the Maryland Terrapins Athletic Hall of Fame, Tommy Brown will join Jordan as a pro football and baseball inductee after a brilliant collegiate career that led to his playing in the first two NFL Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers. Brown played five seasons with Green Bay from 1964-68 and a year with the Washington Redskins as a defensive back following a season in the bigs with the Washington Senators as an outfielder/first baseman in 1963.

The pair of exemplary Baltimore area native female athletes to be honored are swimmer Beth Botsford and figure skater Kimmie Meissner. Botsford won two gold medals as a 15-year old at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta taking the 100-meter backstroke and as a member of the 4X100 meter relay. The Garrison Forest alumnus honed her skills with the North Baltimore Aquatics Club before going on to become an NCAA champion at the University of Arizona.

A Fallston High grad, Meissner attended Delaware and would become a world champion figure skater in 2006 and a national and four-continents champion in 2007. In so doing, Meissner became the first American and first lady to hold world, national and continents titles at the same time.

Johns Hopkins lacrosse legend Bob Scott is rc helicopter the sixth inductee. Scott, named to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a coach after guiding the Blue Jays for 20 seasons and an overall 158-55-1 (.741) record including seven NCAA championships, is one of the university's most revered alumnus. As a player, Scott was an All-American midfielder in 1952 and played on the Jays' 1952 National Championship team.

After playing as a guard at Iowa University, Banks played a season in the NFL with the New York Yanks before getting into coaching where he made his mark. As coach of the Morgan State Bears for 14 seasons (1960-73), Banks posted a 96-31-2 record including a 2-1 bowl record and seven conference championships. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992, Banks was a pillar in the Baltimore community helping scores of young men before his untimely death at age 69 in an auto crash in 1993.

Tickets to the induction banquet and ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. are $60 per person and include dinner and open bar. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE and WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Please, visit www.MDSAHOF.com for more information.

 

For Media interviews and background information contact:

Bernie Walter, Chairman – MDSAHOF 410-859-0151 or Email: bernie_walter@broadstripe.net

Pat O'Malley, media contact and board member, 410-647-2499 or Email: patomalleysports@aol.com

 

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