Bartram first jouster to gain enshrinement Brandau, Fugett, Shriver to enter, too

February 14, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

The official state sport of jousting will gain its first inductee into the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame when Mary Lou Bartram is enshrined with three others at a luncheon tomorrow at Martin's West.

Joining Bartram as new Hall of Fame members will be former professional football players Arthur "Otts" Brandau and Jean Fugett, and tennis star Pam Shriver. The new inductees will raise the total number of members in the Hall to 152.

Bartram, a native of Sparrows Point, is the only woman to win the national jousting championship (1971 and 1982) as well as the Maryland State Championship (1953, 1956 and 1960).

In 1962, Bartram drafted the bill to make jousting the official state sport. The bill was passed unanimously by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. J. Millard Tawes, making Maryland the first state in the country with an official state sport.

Bartram, 65, also was instrumental in establishing the National Jousting Association in 1970, and was elected to the National Jousting Hall of Fame in 1979.

"I consider it a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Bartram. "What is even more important is for jousting to be recognized.

"It's a unique sport with a lot of color and pageantry. I'm thrilled to be the first jousting person to be admitted."

Bartram hopes her induction will make people recognize the sport's deep tradition in Maryland.

"It's a very historic sport that is unique to Maryland," said Bartram. "The first recorded joust in the colonies was in Maryland in 1660, and the sport is depicted in the state seal."

Jousting is the 25th sport to be represented in the Hall of Fame's 37-year history.

Brandau, who starred in football, wrestling, boxing and track at City College from 1938 to 1940, played football and wrestled for two years at Tennessee before joining the Air Force in 1942.

Brandau, 70, played for the 3rd Air Force while stationed in Charlotte, N.C., and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game in 1945. He also played for the Air Force All-Stars in Hawaii that same year.

After leaving the service, he was drafted by Pittsburgh and played for the Steelers in 1945 and 1946.

Fugett, a Baltimore resident, was a standout football player at Cardinal Gibbons and Amherst College, and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1972.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end played for the Cowboys through the 1975 season. His last game for Dallas was the Cowboys' 21-17 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl X.

After the 1975 season, he was acquired by Washington and played three seasons with the Redskins.

Fugett, 42, is an attorney who recently took over the billion-dollar TLC Beatrice International Holdings, America's largest black-owned corporation. The company had been owned by Fugett's half-brother, Reginald Lewis, who died in January of a brain tumor.

Shriver, of Lutherville, became an instant star in 1978 when she reached the U.S. Open final at age 16. She has won 21 singles and 90 doubles titles, 22 of which were in Grand Slam tournaments.

She has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

Shriver, 30, was elected president of the Women's Tennis Association in 1991 and is the national spokeswoman for the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The inductions

G; What: State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame induction

Where: Martin's West

When: Tomorrow, noon

Tickets: $30 each. Call D. Chester O'Sullivan at (410) 333-6315.

Inductees: Jouster Mary Lou Bartram, football players Arthur "Otts" Brandau and Jean Fugett, and tennis player Pam Shriver.

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