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Nats’ owner Ted Lerner part of DC Sports Hall of Fame 2014 class

Apr 15, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

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On April 27 at Nationals Park before the Nats play the Padres, seven new members of the Washington, DC Sports Hall of Fame will be enshrined. The inductees will receive a commemorative plaque, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display right outside the stadium.

Here is the 2014 class:

Lefty Driesell

Johnny Holliday

Olie Kolzig

George Solomon

Ted Lerner

Michael Weiss

Chris Weller

Driesell, Holliday and Weller each represent the University of Maryland. Driesell was the men’s basketball coach from 1969 to 1986. He led the Terps to the 1984 ACC championship.

Holliday is a sports broadcaster who calls games for Maryland’s football and men’s basketball teams. He also hosts pre- and postgame shows for the Nationals.

Weller coached the Terrapins’ women’s basketball team from 1975 to 2002. She is from Silver Spring, Md. and graduated from Maryland in 1966.

Kolzig was one of the best players in Washington Capitals history and currently serves on the team’s coaching staff. He played 17 seasons in the NHL, 16 of them with the Caps.

Solomon was the sports editor at The Washington Post and a longtime columnist. He currently teaches sports journalism classes at Maryland.

Lerner is the managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals and owner of Lerner Enterprises. He graduated from George Washington University and is a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

Weiss is a two-time Olympic figure skater originally from Washington, DC. He attended high school at W.T. Woodson in Fairfax, Va.

Past inductees include Walter Johnson, Sammy Baugh and Morgan Wootten.

  1. NatsNut - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM


  2. chiefwj - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Laddieblahblah (prior post @ 710) i on to something about Tyler Moore:

    Slash lines:

    as 1B: 397/447/692 (86 plate appearances)
    As LF: 221/273/387 (194 PA)
    As RF: 136/200/273 (25 PA)
    As PH: 140/173/300 (52 PA)

    Small sample size, but still.

    • micksback1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      If Tyler Moore can have a break out Spring, I am wondering if it is feasable to consider the following: (I am not sayng I would do this, but..)

      when Zim comes back and let’s say he still has consistency problems with throwing across the diamnond aas well as health problems with that shoulder and as I said, if Moore is hitting 270 plus and is playing great, perhaps move Zim to first and platoon him with Moore. Consider a trading ALR only froma position of strength. I know this gets tricky and the other part of the equation is Espi has to be playing well too.

      • nattyboh1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I thought the point of a platoon is to have a righty and a lefty?

      • micksback1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        it is, i am talking about platoningfrom a health/chronic injury standpoint. I m also facoring in how muc longer LR has to lay beond this season If AR and Zim platoon that would be great too. remember, I said I am not sure would trade ALR, I am just thrwoing it out there

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Actually, platoons don’t have to be based on handedness, it’s just by far the most common way.

  3. scnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    You can certainly argue someone who brought baseball back to the DC area is one of themost important sports people in DC history.

    • micksback1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      remember, the Lerners bought the team from MLB after the team relocated to DC. I do think Mr Lerner is a great owner

      • NatsNut - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Ok, but Hall of Fame? It’s just strange.

    • alexva6 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      while I am glad he is the owner, he didn’t bring the team back. he was awarded it after MLB brought it here

  4. 6ID20 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Such an honor to have your name enshrined forever on a giant tarp hung on the side of an ugly parking garage. And before that, on a giant green Hefty bag hung up on decaying RFK’s right field fence. Gotta wonder why this award has never been given to Joe Gibbs.

  5. NatsLady - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Matt Williams will be on High Heat with that crazy New Yorker today (MLB Network). Between 1:30 and 2;00

  6. NatsLady - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    The D-Backs are a disaster. MW got outta there in the nick of time.

  7. naterialguy - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Ted Lerner looks so darn grumpy. he also is starting to look like a distant relative of Angelos Grumpy and Grumpier. I hope he is happier than he appears.

    • micksback1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      I will say this about Ted Lerner, he is an owner who wants to win. I would say he is a lot like Jack Kent Cooke in that respect and he has done a hell of a job. The one negative on him that troubles me is his lack of community out reach and bedside manner with the community. The best example I can give pertains to how he dealt with the high school championship in the city between St Albans and Wilson back in 2008. This was a great idea that was developed by some great baseball coaches and people, Eddie Saah, Bob Brown, Buddy Burkhead to name a few. These men have given a combined 150 years of knowledge and time to many a youth, many who have gone on to play at the MLB level. Ted Lerner, not only did not want this event to happen, when he gave in he charged the schools over $10,000 to use the Nats Park at the last minute before the game was to be played. Fortunately, their were generous people who came up with the cash that allowed this event to take place, which by the way ended after 2009. The Nats at the time were terrible and were on the road when this game was played n 2008. maybe there is another side of this story, but it definitely affected my view on Ted Lerner.

      • kirbs3256 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        I dunoo….he funded that RBI complex they just opened, not that it makes up for that other stuff.

  8. Section 222 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Just goes to show that money can buy just about everything.

    Kind of wish they would have waited until after his team wins something.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I had the pleasure of sitting with George Solomon in Philly for the Nationals very first game. He is a fine gentleman and was a terrific sportswriter.We watched Del Unser throw out the ceremonial first pitch and we got jeered at for the better part of the game by the City of Brotherly Love.

    Say what you want about Ted Lerner, but he has made being a fan of the Washington Nationals into a pleasurable experience.

  10. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM


  11. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Uncle Teddy wanted that butt-ugly parking garage (that blocks most fans’ views of the U.S. Capitol, for crying out loud!) so I guess it’s fitting he gets his name on the side of it.

    Kind of a Maryland-centric Class of honorees (if that’s the right word). Maryland men’s basketball coach, Maryland women’s basketball coach, a Maryland journalism prof (wow, there’s a growth industry…keep churning out those J-school grads…good luck finding jobs in that field, folks) and a Maryland play-by-play guy.

    How’d they leave Len Elmore off that list?





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