The State of Maryland Hall of Fame is unique among the various halls of fame around the country. Ours is for athletes born in the state and representing every sport imaginable.
When this year's new members are enshrined at the organization's annual luncheon Feb. 17 at Martin's West, a perhaps unimaginable sport -- ice dancing -- will be added with the honoring of the late Lois Waring McGean.
In the late '40s and early '50s, when she competed as Lois Waring, this Baltimore-born and -raised skater won the U.S. title five times and the World Championship in London once. She teamed with Red Bainbridge and, later, the man who would become her husband, Michael McGean, to win those championships.
That was as high as an ice dancer could go in those days, since ice dancing was not an Olympic sport. It is now. If this were four decades ago Lois would be going to Albertville next month.
The others entering the Maryland Hall of Fame this year are from the more traditional sports:
Baseball's Moose Haas, who came out of Franklin High and pitched 12 years with Milwaukee and Oakland.
Basketball's Marvin Webster, from Edmondson High and Morgan State, where, as "The Human Eraser," he led the Bears to the NCAA Division II championship in '73-74, and who then played 10 years professionally with the ABA and NBA.
Soccer's Nick Kropfelder, from Mount St. Joe and Loyola College, who as a high-scoring center forward went on to play 13 years as a pro in the American Soccer League.
Tickets for the enshrinement luncheon can be arranged through Hall of Fame executive secretary D. Chester O'Sullivan at 333-6315.
* I'm confused by one upcoming sports honor -- the retirement of the jersey number of the New York Knicks' Dick McGuire.
McGuire, who once coached the Knicks and is now their director of scouting, wore No. 15 when he played for the team in the '50s. Dickie was a wonderful ball handler and playmaker. But the Knicks have already retired No. 15 in honor of Earl Monroe, who played for New York after starring for the Baltimore Bullets.
So they're going to retire McGuire's number, which is already retired. Get it? If McGuire is so deserving, why didn't the Knicks retire his No. 15 first -- or at least in a joint ceremony with Earl the Pearl?
* Among the 2,000 would-be ticket buyers who were turned away at the Charm City Classic basketball tournament at Towson State last weekend was Ernie Accorsi, general manager of the Cleveland Browns, who is more of a basketball freak than most NFL people know.
Incidentally, Dunbar High, by winning both games in that event, further legitimized its No. 1 ranking in the nation. But Baltimore's Southern High, which lost both its games to New York area teams, is better than it looked.
This Friday night at 8, Southern will play Dunbar at Morgan State. Dunbar, to be sure, has great talent, but this young Southern team has a psychological advantage in this one. It would mean more to Southern to upset Dunbar than it would to beat every high school in New York.
* The people at the Baltimore Arena should be embarrassed about the continual breakdowns of the scoreboard and clocks at NBA games there, as happened again at last Saturday's Bullets-Sixers game.
Players on both teams complained that delays ruined their timing. Fans grew impatient at a 2 1/2 -hour game. The NBA should send somebody to the Arena to check out the equipment and, if it's not corrected, declare that the Bullets play the games at the Capital Centre.
Seldom-used equipment has a way of malfunctioning, which is one reason Maryland doesn't want to play football games in Baltimore in a stadium that will be used for nothing.
* Since Joe Krivak hasn't yet been hired by Bobby Ross at San Diego, it's pretty obvious he's not going to be. A more likely job for Krivak is with David Shula's staff in Cincinnati, where Joe would be reunited with ex-Terp Boomer Esiason.
Boomer and Krivak have grown very close during the past few years, and Esiason has always given Joe credit for his development at Maryland. A top priority on any team is keeping the quarterback happy.