Honors class

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Naismith Memorial

George Hepbron, Still Pond -- A friend of the game's inventor, James Naismith, Hepbron is credited with writing the first book about basketball (How to Play Basketball), as well as creating interpretations of many of the game's early rules.

Morgan Wootten, Hyattsville -- Though born in Durham, N.C., he has spent all but four of his 76 years in Maryland, including 46 seasons, 1,274 wins and five mythical national high school titles at DeMatha.


International Tennis Hall of Fame

Pam Shriver, Baltimore -- A top 10 singles player during the 1980s, she teamed mostly with Martina Navratilova to win 21 titles in Grand Slam tournaments and 112 doubles titles overall.


College Football Hall of Fame

George Brooke, Brookville -- The versatile running back distinguished himself first for Swarthmore, then Pennsylvania. His greatest success came with the Quakers, where his talents as a runner, blocker and kicker helped the team to 38 wins in 41 games in the late 1800s.

Art Poe, Baltimore -- A grandnephew of Edgar Allan Poe, the Boys' Latin graduate was one of six Poes to play football for Princeton, where he earned All-America honors in 1899 for his play at end.

Tom Scott, Towson -- Virginia named Scott the best all-around athlete in school history, in addition to All-America honors in football and lacrosse. In football, Scott played both ways, inspiring fear as a pass rusher and a run blocker for Cavaliers teams that lost only five games from 1950 to 1952.

Jack Scarbath, Baltimore -- Running the split-T, the Poly grad led Maryland to its best seasons in history while finishing second in the 1952 Heisman Trophy voting (to Oklahoma's Billy Vessels). With Scarbath at quarterback, the Terps won 17 straight games during the 1951 and '52 seasons.

Bob Williams, Towson -- Born in Cumberland but a star at Loyola High, Williams took little time making a mark at Notre Dame. The 19-year-old quarterback led the Fighting Irish to the national championship in 1949 and was a consensus All-American.

Bill Stromberg, Baltimore -- For Johns Hopkins, the receiver set six national and 13 school records. Stromberg's national mark that lasted longest was his 258 receptions, which stood 12 years, until 1993.


World Golf Hall of Fame

Carol Mann, Baltimore -- Mann collected 38 victories on the LPGA Tour and became president of the tour in 1973.

Deane Beman, Bethesda -- A winner of the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur tournaments and five events on the PGA Tour, Beman made a greater impact as the tour's commissioner from 1974 to 1994.


National Baseball Hall of Fame

Babe Ruth, Baltimore -- It took 34 years for his single-season home run record (60) to go and 39 years for his career home run record (714) to fall. Not only did Ruth have an impact on his New York Yankees (four championships), but his departure from his original team (Boston Red Sox) also led, some say, to a curse.

Lefty Grove, Lonaconing -- Grove's stats might have been more sterling (300 wins, 2,266 strikeouts) if he had been able to leave the then-minor league Orioles before his 25th birthday. In 1925, Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack paid $100,600 to the Orioles for Grove's rights.

Jimmie Foxx, Sudlersville -- Another Eastern Shore native, Foxx is the youngest player to reach the 500-homer mark, doing so just shy of his 33rd birthday. In 1933, he won the American League Triple Crown, with 48 homers, 163 RBIs and a .356 batting average.

Frank Baker, Trappe -- Baker earned the "Home Run" name during the 1910s, when he led the AL in homers for four straight seasons. Playing during the dead-ball era, he never hit more than 12 in a year.

Judy Johnson, Snow Hill -- Johnson hit .401 in 1929 and made his reputation as the Negro leagues' surest hand among third basemen over 18 seasons. Late in his career, he captained Pittsburgh Crawfords teams that included star catcher Josh Gibson.

Al Kaline, Baltimore -- Kaline came straight out of Southern High in 1953 to the majors, making his debut six days after he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Two years later, he hit .340, becoming the youngest player to win a batting title. He finished his 22-year career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs, 1,622 runs, 1,583 RBIs, 10 Gold Gloves and 15 All-Star appearances.

Leon Day, Baltimore -- Born in Alexandria, Va., Day moved to Baltimore early in his life and began his professional career in 1934 with the hometown Black Sox. Two years later, then 20 years old, the pitcher had probably his best season, compiling a 13-0 record while batting .320 with eight home runs. In 16 seasons with the Black Sox, Newark Eagles and Baltimore Elite Giants (also as a fielder), Day had a .708 winning percentage, the best among pitchers in Cooperstown.

Vic Willis, Cecil County -- Pitching for the Boston Beaneaters, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at the turn of the century, he completed 388 of the 471 appearances he made over 13 seasons. Overall, his career record was 249-205, with an ERA of 2.63.

O's in the Hall

Modern Orioles who are in the Hall of Fame:

Name Year inducted Years with O's Robin Roberts 1976 '62-'65 Frank Robinson 1982 '66-'71 Brooks Robinson 1983 '55-'77 George Kell 1983 '56-'57 Luis Aparicio 1984 '63-'67 Hoyt Wilhelm 1985 '58-'62 Jim Palmer 1990 '65-'67, '69-'84 Reggie Jackson 1993 '76 Earl Weaver 1996 '68-'82, '85-'86 Lee MacPhail 1998 '58-'65 Eddie Murray 2003 '77-'88, '96 Cal Ripken Jr. 2007 '81-'01

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