Ten new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame Honored Apr. 28th

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From a press release:

Ten new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, April 28 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

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

* Inducted Posthumously

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital while furthering the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten and many others, already in the DC Sports Hall of Fame.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

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  • Really happy to see Elgin Baylor headline this class. He was a major omission until now.

    Here’s what Wiki has on Baylor’s high school days in DC:

    “Elgin “Rabbit” Baylor had two basketball-playing brothers, Sal and Kermit. After stints at Southwest Boys Club and Brown Jr. High, Baylor was a 3 time All City player in High School. Elgin played his first 2 years at Phelps in the ’51 and ’52 basketball seasons where he set his first area scoring record of 44 points vs Cardozo. During his 2 All City years at Phelps he averaged 18.5 and 27.6 points per season. He did not perform well academically and dropped out of school (’52-’53) to work in a furniture store and to play basketball in the local recreational leagues. Baylor reappeared for the ’54 season playing for the newly opened Spingarn High School and the 6’5, 190 lb senior was named 1st team All Met and won the SSA’s Livingstone Trophy as the Area’s Best Basketball player for 1954. He finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games. On Feb 3, 1954 in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half. Playing with 4 fouls the entire second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points. This broke the point record of 52 that Western’s Jim Wexler had set the year before when he broke Rabbit’s record of 44.”

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