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Driesell, Kolzig, Lerner going into D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Lefty and friends. (Joel Richardson/The Washington Post)
Lefty and friends. (Joel Richardson/The Washington Post)

A trio of prominent University of Maryland athletic figures will help headline the latest group of inductees into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Former men’s basketball coach Lefty Driesell, former women’s basketball coach Chris Weller, and longtime voice of the Terps Johnny Holliday will be part of the seven-person class, which will be honored at Nats Park during a pregame ceremony on April 27. Other inductees include Olie Kolzig, Michael Weiss, George Solomon and Ted Lerner. An official announcement is expected on Tuesday.

As with previous inductees, the honorees will have their names added to that massive Hall of Fame display facing the field at Nats Park, and will be given a commemorative plaque during the pregame festivities.

There are more than 100 names in that club, from Sammy Baugh, Wes Unseld, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson to James Brown, Morgan Wootten, Dominique Dawes and Michael Wilbon.

There is no actual “Hall,” but after years of hiatus, the Hall began adding new members again in 2011. The next year saw the induction of Glenn Brenner, Adrian Dantley, Darrell Green and others, while last season’s large group of honorees included Elgin Baylor, Bobby Beathard, Dave Bing, Mike Gartner and George Michael.

The Hall of Fame is co-chaired by longtime local PR man and PA announcer Charlie Brotman and Comcast SportsNet’s Andy Ockershausen.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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