Today's "Q's & A's" session starts with a big "Q" I will answer because of its importance.
First and foremost, can you believe we finally are going to start an Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame?
That's right, sports fans, at last a hall of fame to honor the many great players, coaches, officials and others who have made contributions to this county is in the works.
A committee meeting is planned tonight to determine the criteria and name the first inductees who will be honored at a banquet Thursday, Oct. 24, at Michael's 8th Avenue.
FOR THE RECORD - The Sidelines column in yesterday's Anne Arundel County Sun contained erroneous information about Annapolis graduate Craig Wilson.
Wilson, a St. Louis Cardinals infielder who will be inducted into the Anne Arundel Community College Hall of Fame on Sunday, did not play on the Annapolis High 1978 state football championship team. Wilson graduated from Annapolis in 1982.
Baltimore Orioles' Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who epitomizes what a Hall of Famer should be on and off the field, will be thespecial guest at the first banquet.
This hall of fame, which is the idea of Sen. Mike J. Wagner, former County Councilman Theodore J. Sophocleus and myself will accomplish two things.
First, it will allow us to honor county individuals who have distinguished themselvesin the world of sports, and secondly, to raise money for county youth sports.
"We want to raise money that can be used by our local teams and athletes who go to national tournaments, and for other youth sports needs as decided by a committee," said Wagner, who had the idea of starting such a fund for county youth sports in conjunction withthe hall of fame.
The first recipient of money from that fund will be Lew Holmes, president of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association and tournament director of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series this past summer.
Holmes played host to the18 and Under CABA series in the county this summer and was in deep financial trouble until Wagner and Representative Tom McMillen helped out.
Those two politicians have long supported youth sports both financially and vocally. When they realized that Holmes was in dire straits they lent him more than $10,000. Perhaps this hall of fame banquet will pay off that note.
"We will be selling $100 tickets to local politicians and businessmen, etc. to help raise the money, and, of course, the rest of the tickets will go for considerably less to the many others who will want to attend," Wagner said.
"This year, of course, the proceeds are going to pay off that CABA debt, but in the future, the money will go into a county youth sports fund and be disbursed at the discretion of the hall of fame committee."
A countysports hall of fame has been a long time coming and to use it to raise money for youth sports is absolutely great.
* Speaking of Hall of Famers, how about congrats to former Navy boxing coach Emerson Smith of Annapolis who was named to the U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation at the group's annual convention in Concord, Calif., over the weekend?
Smith's contributions to amateur boxing have gone beyond the Academy (27 years) and spanned the globe. The longtime Annapolis residentdesigned the thumbless glove and headgear used by amateurs all over the world.
* Did you know that amateur boxing is coming to the Annapolis Armory on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with the Philadelphia All Stars duking it out against the Maryland All Stars in 12 bouts?
Leo Shumacher and Navy boxing coach Jim McNally have put together the amateur card, and the proceeds will go to a fund to bring the Irish National Team over to the United States in March and also to Kiwanis charities.
"We've got 148 amateur fighters registered in the state now, and it is really picking up," Shumacher said. "This show should be an excellent card, and I think boxing fans will love it."
Ticket prices are $10 ringside, $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12 and can be obtained at Annapolis Paint Co., 1605 West St., or by calling 266-5072.
* Did you know that St. Louis Cardinals' major-leagueinfielder Craig Wilson and Southern of Harwood veteran girls basketball and lacrosse coach Linda Kilpatrick will join longtime Anne Arundel Community College coach Betty Hallmark as inductees into the Pioneers' Hall of Fame at the school's annual bull roast on Sunday?
Wilson, who led Annapolis High to its only state championship in football (1978) and also played baseball for the Panthers, went on to star in baseball at Anne Arundel and signed with St. Louis. The right-handed hitting utility man just completed his first full season in the majors.
Kilpatrick, also a former star athlete at AACC under Hallmarkin basketball, has gone on to win five state championships in girls basketball and three in girls lacrosse at Southern.
For ticket information on Sunday's bull roast and Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Anne Arundel, call Babette Bilek at 541-2515.
* Should we be concerned when an Old Mill football player calls the Sportsline and 11 p.m. Friday and pleads, "Something has got to be done. The fighting onthe parking lot has got to stop!
"We can't even go to our locker room from the field without being endangered. It's pretty dangerous. A big fight broke out about 5 yards away from me tonight. Where are the cops?"