A beautiful Sunday at Nationals Park began with an annual tradition, the induction of this year’s class into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Nine names were added to the navy blue banner beyond the left field concourse, including media members, sports executives, and renowned area athletes.
This year’s class included a few more recent D.C. stars, including 20-year-old Katie Ledecky, who endeared herself to the Nationals Park crowd last year when she brought the five Olympic medals she won in Rio De Janeiro to the mound to throw out the first pitch — and made Bryce Harper hold them.
The Hall also inducted former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who played basketball at Georgetown and practiced law in D.C. It inducted current Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese, and former Maryland basketball standout Juan Dixon, who is now coaching at Coppin State. Fellow Maryland basketball star Tom McMillen, who also played for the Bullets, went in, too.
Former Post columnist and sports radio legend Tony Kornheiser joined the Hall of Fame. Capitals’ radio announcer Ron Weber also earned a plaque. Glenn Harris, longtime host of SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8, became the latest TV personality to join the Hall of Fame. Mike Nelms, the former Redskins special teams standout, also gained a spot.
They join a large group of D.C.-area sports personalities in the Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1980, and inducts new members each summer at Nationals Park.