New­est class is a diverse group

Sailor Job­son, power­boat racer Baker, soc­cer star Sch­woy among hon­orees

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND STATE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - By Mike Morea

The inductees for the Mary­land State Ath­letic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 were an­nounced Tues­day morn­ing, span­ning the elite of main­stream sports as well as a pair of sports for which the re­gion is noted.

Long­time An­napo­lis res­i­dent Gary Job­son, who re­cently re­turned from the Rio Olympics, where he was a tele­vi­sion com­men­ta­tor for NBC’s cov­er­age, head­lines the inductees. Job­son, a world-class sailor and au­thor, was a three-time Al­lAmer­ica col­lege sailor and was the tac­ti­cian of Ted Turner’s crew aboard the Coura­geous when it won the 1977 Amer­ica’s Cup. He be­came a sail­ing an­a­lyst for the likes of ESPN and NBC af­ter coach­ing the Naval Academy sail­ing team and has won two Emmy Awards.

Job­son, 66, is the vice pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Sail­ing Fed­er­a­tion, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Sail­ing Hall of Fame, into which he was in­dicted in 2011, and has writ­ten 19 sail­ing books.

“I feel I am­rep­re­sent­ing many sailors that ply the wa­ters of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and out in the At­lantic Ocean. Sail­ing is a sport that is plied far from land and I am so hon­ored to be a part of bring­ing it to tele­vi­sion,” Job­son said. “I know that when you go into a Hall of Fame like this, and I’m deeply hon­ored, you do have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to rep­re­sent the sport, so I hope I am stand­ing for many, many sailors that are out there ev­ery day on the wa­ter and rac­ing hard.”

Louis Carter, who could not be present at the an­nounce­ment cer­e­mony, was an Al­lMetro per­former in foot­ball and track at Arun­del and went on to make sure Mary­land foot­ball fans saw some of­fense while Randy White was dom­i­nat­ing on de­fense. Carter re­turned kicks and was the Terps’ lead­ing rusher in 1972, 1973 and 1974, gain­ing 2,266 yards and was the Best Of­fen­sive Player in the 1973 Peach Bowl. Carter played four sea­sons in the NFL af­ter be­ing drafted by the Oak­land Raiders in the third round (76th over­all). He moved to the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers his sec­ond year as part of the veteran al­lo­ca­tion draft of 1976 and threw the first touch­down pass in Buc­ca­neers his­tory.

Wheeler Baker was born in Ch­ester, and is a 10-time win­ner of the Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and an eight-time points cham­pion. He was in­ducted into the APBA Hall of Cham­pi­ons For­mer Ori­ole Brady An­der­son, left, and Wheeler Baker, power­boat rac­ing cham­pion, are among the seven hon­orees an­nounced Tues­day for the Mary­land State Ath­letic Hall of Fame. in 1987 and com­peted for 30 years (19772007). Baker serves as pres­i­dent of the Kent Nar­rows Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and is chair of the Ch­ester­wye Foun­da­tion, which helps adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

“I came over here to­day and had to pinch my­self be­cause I never dreamed I’d be sit­ting here,” Baker said. Power­boat rac­ing “is a sport that was huge on the East­ern Shore and is still big in the coun­try. I truly ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing here.”

Brady An­der­son, who was born in Sil­ver Spring, had a 15-year ma­jor league ca­reer, hav­ing played for the Ori­oles from 1988 to 2001. He is the club’s vice pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions and still ap­pears all over the Ori­oles ca­reer leader list in cat­e­gories such as runs (fifth), walks (third), ex­tra­base hits (fourth), dou­bles (sixth) and plate ap­pear­ances (fourth). He was a ca­reer .300 hit­ter in four post­sea­son se­ries and is one of four ma­jor lea­guers to hit 50 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same sea­son, join­ing Willie Mays, Alex Ro­driguez and Ken Grif­fey Jr. In 1992, An­der­son’s first sea­son as a full-time player, he be­came the first player in Amer­i­can League his­tory with 20 homers, 50 steals and 75 RBIs in a sea­son.

“I am re­ally hon­ored. When I was first asked if I would ac­cept, I thought it was odd be­cause it is such an honor,” An­der­son said. “It’s in­ter­est­ing how it has come full cir­cle. I’m re­ally hon­ored. I’ve looked at the other inductees and the list is re­ally im­pres­sive. I couldn’t be hap­pier about be­ing here.”

Jack Thomas is fourth on Johns Hop­kins’ ca­reer lacrosse point scor­ing list with 224 de­spite play­ing for only three years for the Blue Jays. He was a three-sport star at Tow­son High and led Hop­kins to three straight NCAA fi­nals, with the Blue Jays aveng­ing one-goal losses in 1972 and1973 by win­ning the NCAA ti­tle in 1974. Thomas was in­ducted into the Na­tional Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989.

“I grew up a lo­cal kid, idol­iz­ing the names that are on the [in­ductee] list that I looked at when I had the op­por­tu­nity to be part of this class,” Thomas said. “I used to go to Me­mo­rial Sta­dium to watch Johnny Uni­tas and Brooks Robin­son, read about Babe Ruth and went to Me­mo­rial Sta­dium to watch Brady An­der­son’s first game. I just loved watch­ing sports greats and to be part of this group is re­ally a tremen­dous honor. I am hum­bled.”

Lau­rie Sch­woy had an out­stand­ing four­sport ca­reer at McDonogh, where she broke state soc­cer records for goals in a sea­son (69) and a ca­reer (198) and was the 1995 Pa­rade mag­a­zine and Ga­torade Player of the Year. Sch­woy at­tended North Carolina, where she be­came the Na­tional Fresh­man of the Year and helped the Tar Heels to three na­tional cham­pi­onships de­spite in­juries that forced her from the U.S. na­tional team that won the 1999 World Cup.

Sch­woy, who was not present at the an­nounce­ment, is the first women’s soc­cer player to be in­ducted into the Mary­land State Ath­letic Hall of Fame.

Jim Hen­ne­man will be pre­sented the John F. Stead­man Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony. In 1958, Hen­ne­man joined The News-Post, later The News Amer­i­can, as a copy boy (writ­ing HALL INDUCTEES The class for 57th an­nual Mary­land State Ath­letic Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony Nov. 3, 6 p.m., at Michael’s Eighth Av­enue: Brady An­der­son: Ori­oles out­fielder who was born in Sil­ver Spring and is one of four ma­jor lea­guers to hit 50 homers and steal 20 bases in the same sea­son. Wheeler Baker: Born in Ch­ester, Baker is a 10-time win­ner of the Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. Louis Carter: An All-Metro per­former in foot­ball and track at Arun­del High and the lead­ing rusher for Mary­land in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Gary Job­son: A world-class sailor, tele­vi­sion com­men­ta­tor and au­thor, Job­son re­ceived sail­ing’s most pres­ti­gious award, the Nathanael G. Her­reshoff Tro­phy. Lau­rie Sch­woy: A four-sport ath­lete at McDonogh who broke state soc­cer records for goals in a sea­son (69) and a ca­reer (198). Jack Thomas: A Tow­son na­tive, Thomas led Hop­kins to three straight NCAA lacrosse fi­nals. Jim Hen­ne­man (John F. Stead­man Life­time Achieve­ment Award): Hen­ne­man joined The News Amer­i­can as a copy boy in 1958 and has cov­ered Bal­ti­more sports ever since for the Evening Sun, The Sun and Press­box. at the be­hest of the late sports ed­i­tor John Stead­man about na­tive son Al Ka­line play­ing in the 1958 All-Star Game at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium), and even­tu­ally worked his way onto the sports staff. He worked at the pa­per from 1958 to 1968 and again from 1973 to 1980, writ­ing about the Ori­oles, be­fore mov­ing to The Evening Sun and later The Sun from 1980 to 1995. Hen­ne­man now writes for Press­box when he’s not serv­ing as of­fi­cial scorer at Cam­den Yards. He is the au­thor of “Bal­ti­more Ori­oles: 60 Years of Ori­oles Magic,” which was re­leased in 2015. He claims to have seen more Ori­oles games in per­son than any­one alive.

“This John F. Stead­man Life­time Achieve­ment award fit­tingly goes to a man that Stead­man used to admire and re­ally re­spect,” said em­cee Pat O’Mal­ley when in­tro­duc­ing Hen­ne­man. “This guy re­ally knows base­ball and knows a lot about the things that go with it.”

Quipped Hen­ne­man: “I’m an ath­letic sup­porter. I’m not here for any­thing I did while wearing one. Just to be men­tioned with John Stead­man is enough.”

AMY DAVIS/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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