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Catching up with ...

Mike Klingaman connects with former Baltimore sports stars.

  • Catching Up With ... Maryland quarterback Alan Pastrana

    Catching Up With ... Maryland quarterback Alan Pastrana

    Nearly half a century later, Alan Pastrana's feats at Maryland in 1966 remain legend. That spring, as a sophomore, he played lacrosse and was a first-team All-American. That fall, as the Terps' quarterback, he passed for 17 touchdowns to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record. It was the peak...

  • Catching Up With ... former Colts safety Rick Volk

    Catching Up With ... former Colts safety Rick Volk

    The cards, letters and "Get Well" texts have slowed, but know that Rick Volk treasures them all. When the former Colts safety contracted throat cancer last year, aging teammates rallied around the three-time Pro Bowl selection as they are wont to do. Old Colts near and far reached out to Volk,...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich

    Catching Up With ... Former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich

    The handsome black mustache, once the talk of baseball, is gone. "Too many gray hairs were popping in," Bobby Grich said. Last year, knee surgery robbed him of half of his cartilage. But his physical woes stop there. "All of my other parts are in gear," said Grich, 66, a onetime Orioles second...

  • Catching Up With ... 1960 Preakness winner and Hall of Fame jockey Bobby Ussery

    Catching Up With ... 1960 Preakness winner and Hall of Fame jockey Bobby Ussery

    On Saturday, Bobby Ussery planned to head out to Gulfstream Park — a 10-minute drive from his place on the beach — take a seat in the Horsemen's Lounge, watch the Preakness on the big screen ... and step back in time. Fifty-five years ago, Ussery won the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets forward Ray Scott

    Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets forward Ray Scott

    Ray Scott is a great grandfather who, at 76, should be slowing down. So, why is the onetime Bullets power forward roaming the Midwest, raising money for a firm that helps families cope with child-rearing, adoptions and foster care? "I made a promise to God that if he made me an NBA player, then...

  • Catching Up With ... Ex-Terps basketball star Will Hetzel

    Catching Up With ... Ex-Terps basketball star Will Hetzel

    At 67, Will Hetzel writes poetry, speaks his liberal mind and revels in the psychedelic music of the late Richie Havens and The Jefferson Airplane. That he did the same in 1968, as a Maryland basketball star, caused quite a stir in College Park. Hetzel, a springy 6-foot-6 forward from Washington,...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets guard Johnny Egan

    Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets guard Johnny Egan

    The giant spark plug in Johnny Egan's attic is nearly as big as he is. A gift from Bullets fans, the 4-foot trophy depicts the spunky guard's role on Baltimore's NBA team one-half century ago. Then, he'd come off the bench, time after time, to ignite the offense or fire up the defense. "To Mr....

  • Catching Up With ... Ex-Morgan State QB Daryl Johnson, who played for Patriots

    Catching Up With ... Ex-Morgan State QB Daryl Johnson, who played for Patriots

    Sometimes, looking back, Daryl Johnson wonders if it truly happened. Did he really lead Morgan State's football team to two undefeated seasons and then play in the pros for the Patriots? "It's a life you dream about as a kid. Then, while you're living it, you can't believe it," said Johnson, 68,...

  • Catching Up With ... Colts receiver Freddie Scott

    Catching Up With ... Colts receiver Freddie Scott

    Make no mistake — a Ravens victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night would be music to the ears of Freddie Scott, the onetime Baltimore Colts receiver. It has been more than 38 years since the Steelers silenced Baltimore, 40-14, in the 1976 AFC divisional playoffs. Moreover, the loss...

  • Catching Up With ... Roger Shoals, ex-Maryland and NFL tackle

    Catching Up With ... Roger Shoals, ex-Maryland and NFL tackle

    As an offensive tackle for Maryland's football team, Roger Shoals gouged out holes wide enough to drive a Cadillac through. Now, the former Terp star sells the cars. "Retire? I like working," said Shoals, 76, part-owner of a Cadillac-Buick dealership in Kutztown, Pa. "I'll quit when I'm in a box."...

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