A year after the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals became the first team to be inducted into the DC Sports Hall of Fame, the 2019 championship teams from the Washington Nationals and Washington Mystics will receive the same honor as Teams Of Distinction.
The news was announced in a release Tuesday morning from the DC Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall announced that eight local legends will be inducted this year, including Ken Beatrice (sports talk personality), Herman Boone (HS football coach portrayed in “Remember the Titans”), Austin Carr (NBA player, 1st overall pick in 1971 Draft), Gary Clark (Redskins WR), Bob Dwyer (NBA HOF HS coach), Jill Ellis (USWNT soccer coach), Wil Jones (NCAA basketball coach), and John Lucas (NBA player, 1st overall pick in 1976 Draft).
“The adage, ‘good things come to those who wait,’ is certainly applicable for this year’s outstanding group of honorees, especially since there will be a necessary delay in formally inducting these impressive individuals and championship teams into the DC Sports Hall of Fame,” Bobby Goldwater, the DC Sports Hall of Fame’s chairman, said in a release. “Whenever we are able to do so, it will be our privilege to recognize the extraordinary achievements from the high school, college, and professional levels of sports that have brought indelible memories and indescribable pride to the Nation’s Capital area. In addition, having an opportunity to honor our supportive host organization, the Nationals and the Lerner family ownership, as a Team of Distinction will be a special highlight for all of us on the committee.”
The 2019 Nationals went from 12 games under .500 (19-31) on May 21 to World Series champions five months later on October 31. In the postseason, the Nationals were led by great pitching performances from Stephen Strasburg (World Series MVP) and Max Scherzer as well as clutch hitting from Howie Kendrick and Juan Soto to beat the heavily favorited Houston Astros in seven games. It was the franchise’s first World Series title.
The Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun in Game Five to clinch their first WNBA championship on October 10. The Mystics were led by league MVP Elena Delle Donne, who suffered through the series with a back injury. Mystics’ forward Emma Meesseman was named the Finals’ MVP.
With the world in midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the DC Sports Hall of Fame has yet to schedule the induction ceremony. The ceremony is usually held at Nationals Park before a Nats game. On June 23, 2019, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis accepted the 2018 award on the team’s behalf.
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Eight Area Legends, Two Championship Teams to be Inducted into DC Sports Hall of Fame
Washington, D.C. – Four individuals whose contributions elevated basketball in distinctive ways and two legendary coaches, one immortalized in a film and one etched into history with two World Cup titles, plus two teams that each won their first-ever championship in 2019 are among those selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.
The formal induction into the DC Sports Hall of Fame is conducted at Nationals Park prior to a Washington Nationals game. Due to the postponement of Major League Baseball games due to the coronavirus, the induction ceremony for the 2020 honorees has yet to be scheduled.
The 2020 DC Sports Hall of Fame class includes the late sports radio personality Ken Beatrice, the late high school football coach Herman Boone, basketball great Austin Carr, Washington Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark, the late high school basketball coach Bob Dwyer, two-time FIFA World Cup and former United States women’s national soccer team coach Jill Ellis, the late high school and collegiate basketball star and coach Wil Jones, and University of Maryland basketball standout John Lucas. The 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics and the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals both will be honored as a Team of Distinction.
The members of the DC Sports Hall of Fame selection committee are chairman Bobby Goldwater, a Georgetown University Sports Industry Management master’s program faculty member and sports industry consultant; co-chairmen emeritus and veteran D.C. sports executives Charlie Brotman and Andy Ockershausen; former radio and TV reporter/producer Brenda J. Curtis-Heiken; journalist David Elfin; communications executive and adjunct instructor Meredith Geisler; television and radio personality Chick Hernandez; attorney Phil Hochberg; Washington Nationals managing principal owner Mark D. Lerner; Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director at the University of Maryland George Solomon; basketball executive and former coach Ed Tapscott; attorney Mark Tuohey; radio and television personality and former Washington Redskins tight end Rick “Doc” Walker; baseball commentator and historian Phil Wood; and journalist and Merrill College visiting professor Joe Yasharoff.
Individual nominees for inclusion must have gained prominence in the Washington area through their achievements in sports as an athlete, coach, owner, executive, member of the media, or contributor. A professional, collegiate, or high school team that has made a significant and positive impact in the Greater Washington community through outstanding achievement is eligible to be recognized as a Team of Distinction.
The 2020 inductees
KEN BEATRICE: Popular and opinionated sports talk radio personality on WMAL and WTEM for more than two decades. Passed away in 2015.
HERMAN BOONE: Coach of T.C. Williams High School who led his team to the 1971 Virginia state football championship. Was portrayed in the film, “Remember the Titans,” by Denzel Washington. Passed away last December.
AUSTIN CARR: Widely considered one of the District’s greatest high school basketball players (Macklin High). Was a stellar, high-scoring guard at Notre Dame, was the first overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft (Cleveland), and had an 11-year NBA career.
GARY CLARK: A member of the 70 Greatest Redskins team, the four-time Pro Bowl selection was the deep-threat receiver during an eight-year period when Washington won two Super Bowls and made the playoffs five times. Is in the team’s Ring of Fame and still holds the team rookie receiving record (926 yards in 1985).
BOB DWYER: Was a posthumous recipient of the prestigious Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Perhaps best known for coaching Archbishop Carroll’s nationally ranked boys’ basketball team – the first fully integrated high school basketball team in the Washington-area Catholic League – in the 1950s and for a 55-game winning streak over two seasons from 1958-60. Coached for 26 years at Archbishop Carroll and St. Anselm’s School. Passed away in 2007.
JILL ELLIS: Was the head coach of the United States Women’s National Team that won soccer’s 2015 and 2019 FIFA World Cup championships. As captain, led the Robinson Secondary School team in Fairfax to the 1984 Virginia state championship and won the under-19 national title with the Braddock Road Bluebelles the same summer. Earned third-team All-America honors as a forward at William & Mary. Was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland for three years. Named FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year twice.
WIL JONES: Born in Washington, was the head coach at the University of the District of Columbia and was a star 5’9” point guard at Dunbar High School and at American University, where he was a college division All-America and had his jersey number retired. Hired the NCAA’s first female assistant basketball coach, Cheryl Roberts, in 1981. Led UDC to the 1982 NCAA Division II national championship. Passed away in 2014.
JOHN LUCAS: An All-American at the University of Maryland in basketball and tennis. Was first overall pick in 1976 NBA Draft (Houston) and played 13 years in NBA. Was a three-time first-team All-ACC in basketball. Has run a drug treatment, wellness, and aftercare substance-abuse recovery program for athletes.
TEAMS OF DISTINCTION: The 2019 WNBA champion WASHINGTON MYSTICS and 2019 World Series champion WASHINGTON NATIONALS each captured their first-ever league title last year.
The names of all DC Sports Hall of Fame inductees are prominently displayed at Nationals Park, the site of the induction ceremony. Information about the DC Sports Hall of Fame, including the honor roll of all inductees, is available on the organization’s website, dcsportshall.com.
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