Shriver happy she kept her home base State Hall of Fame inducts Class of '93

February 16, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Pam Shriver, the greatest tennis player Baltimore has produced, was one of four athletes enshrined in the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame yesterday.

Shriver, who has been on the pro tour for 15 years and once was ranked No. 3 in the world in singles, was honored along with former football stars Jean Fugett and Arthur "Otts" Brandau and jousting's Mary Lou Bartram at a luncheon ceremony at Martin's West.

Two of the new Hall of Famers -- Shriver and Fugett -- returned to their hometown from long stays abroad to receive the honor.

Shriver, 30, just spent six weeks playing in Australia and Japan. Fugett, who played his football at Cardinal Gibbons High, Amherst College and for eight years with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, returned two days ago from Europe. He is chairman of TLC Beatrice, a food production company.

The Maryland Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1956, honors only athletes who were born in this state. Each year, four are elected, and membership is at 152. Plaques and memorabilia are on display at Martin's West.

Shriver, who went to the finals of the U.S. Open when she was 16 and lost to Chris Evert, has 21 singles and 90 doubles championships.

"One thing that has helped me throughout my career," Shriver told the audience, "is that I kept Baltimore as my anchor.

"A lot of tennis players leave their hometowns and settle in Colorado or Florida or Southern California. I decided to keep my home here, where I have great parents and family and friends."

Jousting is the 25th sport to be represented. Bartram, who graduated from Washington College in 1948, wrote the bill that declared jousting the state sport. It was signed into law by Gov. J. Millard Tawes in 1962.

"If ever a sport deserved to be represented in the Hall of Fame, it's jousting," Bartram said.

Brandau was the star center and linebacker at City College when the school was winning 58 straight football games in the late '30s.

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