THE ORIOLES HALL of Fame was founded in 1977 by the Orioles Advocates and the Baltimore Orioles. Since then, more than two dozen Orioles managers, coaches and players have been installed, all of whom were recognized for their contributions to the ballclub and the community.
And this year's annual luncheon was certainly no exception, with the induction of 1996 honorees: Jerry Hoffberger, one of the Orioles most popular owners; Billy Hunter, former O's player and coach; and Cal Ripken Sr., former Orioles player, scout and manager. These three men are so well thought of in our community that a crowd of 400 showed up at the luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.
Hall of Famer Chuck Thompson did his usual fantastic job as he introduced the head table and kept things moving. Among those on hand for all the festivities were W.B. Doner CEO Herb Fried, who got his first job in Baltimore from Hoffberger in 1954. Fried also reminisced about the incredible 1958 National Boh Land of Pleasant Living ad campaign. Others at the party were Hoffberger's wife, Alice, their children, Peter, David, Richard and Carol; cousins Charlie and Roy Hoffberger; Billy Hunter's wife, Bev, three sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and his minister; Ripken's wife, Vi, and children including Fred; Billy; Cal Jr.; Ellen and her husband Jerry. Cal Sr. also got support from assorted grandchildren attending the luncheon.
I also saw Jimmy Williams, who introduced his friend Ripken, and Bob Maisel, who introduced Hunter; Jack Smith, Hunter's first winning pitcher at Towson State University; George Bollock, director of Information Systems W.R. Grace, who chaired the luncheon; Chuck Lippy, former Advocates president; Advocates Angie Reaves, state department Human Resources, and Jack Guthall; former O's managers Frank Cashen and Hank Peters; Hall of Famer and Money Store spokesman Jim Palmer; Ron Shapiro, attorney; Dick Hall, former O's pitcher; Syd Thrift, O's director of player relations; O's pitching coach Elrod Hendricks with his son, Ian, a junior in college.
Nearby was Pete Simmons Jr., president of Maryland Baseball; Jon Danos, General Manager Bowie Baysox; and Bud Freeman and Bob Brown, both of whom work for Maryland Baseball LP, which owns the Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox and the Delmarva Shorebirds.
A large contingent from TSU, where Hunter was once director of athletics and pitching coach, sat near me. Among them were Terry Truax, Dan O'Connell, Wayne Edwards, Mike Gottlieb and Dick Filbert, gymnastics coach, with his assistant coach, Lynda, the new Mrs. Filbert.
I chatted with Gordon Beard, former Associated Press correspondent, who expects the book he helped Chuck Thompson write about Chuck's life to be released the end of September. "Ain't the Beer Cold" is chock-full of Thompson's experiences as only he can tell them.
It was celebration time in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County Monday night. Friends and family of Kathy Siciliano were at a local restaurant when she and her husband Bill arrived in a limo he'd hired to pick her up at BWI. Kathy, who works for DTS & Co. Medical Transcripts, had just returned from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she competed in the Organ Transplant Olympics and won a silver medal in singles tennis.
She and her husband, Bill, who works for Advance Copiers, were avid tennis players at Hillendale Country Club until five years ago, when it was discovered that she needed a heart transplant. Four years ago, she had the transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and now she's won a silver at the "Olympics." I bet the Kidney Foundation is delighted, because they helped fund her trip.
From Anne Arundel County Republican Delegate John R. Leopold, who was one of Maryland's 32 delegates: He spoke to " Merv Griffin, whom he'd met 20 years ago at a polo match on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Merv told him he flew Nancy Reagan down to San Diego in his private jet. Leopold also spoke with author Norman Mailer, who covered the convention for George magazine, and saw George editor, John F. Kennedy Jr., getting mobbed in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. Despite the mob, JFK Jr. still managed to shake hands with former Baltimore County legislator, Pat Welsh. ...
From the Columbus Center's media rep, Rosalia Scalia, who picked up "Good Morning America's" Spencer Christian at Penn Station recently. Christian, a Columbus Center board member, had a little free time and came down to see what was happening at the center. Kids from the Baltimore City Police Athletic League, PALs, who were there for a monthlong SciTec educational program, were thrilled to see him.
From the Epilepsy Association's 1996 Golf Mania event co-chaired by Ronald M. Cherry, Weinberg & Green, and Barbara Paczkowski, State Farm Insurance: 67 golfers "swung, chipped,
putted" their way though 75 holes of golf to raise $41,000 in
pledges and sponsorships. Congratulations to golfer Ray Brusca, who personally raised $14,280. ...
From Jack Nethen of Claude Neon Signs: He recently appeared on Channel 13's morning show with Marty Bass and Don Scott and shared interesting tidbits about the "landmark" Pepsi Cola sign, seen so prominently on the Jones Falls Expressway. It seems his company, Claude Neon Signs, designed, constructed and erected the sign in 1969. ...
From Gail Wannen Mosher, one of the planners of the Western High School Reunion Committee: The class of 1951 is celebrating its 45th on Oct. 5 at the Hopkins Club from noon to 4 p.m. For reservations or more information, call Gail at (410) 823-6534. ...
From Michael S. Whipple, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel general manager: He did such a great job luring Morton's Steak House of Chicago to open in his hotel that the boss, Willard Hackerman, asked him to work directly for him. ...
Pub Date: 9/01/96