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Soccer great Darryl Gee among inductees to Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Soccer great Darryl Gee among inductees to Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Darryl Gee, 55, bought his first bicycle last month. There was just one hitch.

“They had to show me how to pump the tires,” he said.

Perhaps that seems odd for one who’s to be enshrined in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday night. But, as a youth in Columbia, Gee had little time for many boyhood activities. Soccer was his life.

By his senior year at Oakland Mills, Gee had been named an All-American, picked for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team and named national co-winner of the Hertz Number One High School Athlete Award — which he shared with basketball’s Michael Jordan. Soon after, he signed a pro contract with the New York Cosmos as the first...

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