Hall to open doors to first 5 members

December 09, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Five former sports standouts will be inducted into the newly formed Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.

Charles Duppins, Charles Havens, Earl Hersh, George Stem and the late Herb Ruby Jr. are the first members of the Hall, created by the Rotary Club of Westminster.

They will be inducted at a banquet Jan. 19 at Carroll Community College.

The Hall, to be located at the college, will feature plaques honoring each inductee.

"We're very excited about this. It's a long time coming," said Dwight Dingle, president-elect of the Westminster Rotary Club.

"It's a great opportunity for the Westminster Rotary Club in conjunction with the Carroll Community College to do something for the county. We're extremely proud of the five we have chosen."

Thirteen people with a strong background in Carroll sports participated in the selection process.

Dingle said between 25 and 30 candidates were considered.

The initial inductees are:

* Duppins, a truck driver for the past 18 years who lives in Gettysburg, Pa., was a standout basketball player at Francis Scott Key and owned the county high jump record for nearly 30 years.

He led the Eagles to the state playoffs in 1960 and 1961.

Known for his strong rebounding and shot-blocking, Duppins is acknowledged as the first county player to dunk during a game.

He also was a pioneer for the African-American community, as Key was the first integrated high school in the county.

"It's a great feeling," Duppins said after hearing about his induction.

"My mother always said she hoped one day I'd receive the recognition I deserved for playing basketball," he said.

"Here it is and I'm thrilled."

* Havens, now in his early 90s, is the oldest inductee and still resides in Westminster.

A member of the Class of 1930 at Western Maryland College, he was a four-year varsity football player and captained the undefeated team of 1929.

After playing a year with the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the NFL in 1930, the Rome, N.Y., native returned to Western Maryland and eventually became head football coach and athletic director.

He guided the Green Terrors to an unbeaten season in 1951 and also coached baseball, boxing and wrestling.

He is known as the "Father of Recreation" for his 30 years as Westminster's director of recreation.

* Hersh was a multi-sport standout at Westminster High in the late 1940s.

He had a banner career at West Chester (Pa.) State College, where he played baseball and football.

Participating in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, he caught a touchdown pass thrown by Ted Marchibroda, now coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and National League's Boston Braves, Hersh chose baseball and played for the Braves in 1956 in Milwaukee.

L "My first game I hit fourth behind Henry Aaron," Hersh said.

"I remember shaking on deck I was so nervous and then Henry made an out to end the inning. I led off the next inning and doubled down the right-field line. I was on second scared to death, knees shaking and the ump said, 'Nice hit, rookie.' That calmed me down some."

He coached a number of sports at Westminster High before becoming the county's supervisor of physical education and athletics. He retired two years ago.

* Stem, who lives in Leesburg, Va., was a 1962 Westminster High grad who lettered in football and track and field.

He enjoyed a solid football career at the University of Maryland, where he was a captain in 1965.

He later became instrumental in organizing Carroll County's first and only semipro football team, the Carroll County Chargers.

He played and coached for the Chargers from 1971 to 1975.

* Ruby, who died in 1990, is known best for starting the football program at Westminster High.

He also was instrumental in establishing football programs at South Carroll, North Carroll and Francis Scott Key in the 1960s.

An Illinois native, Ruby was a coach and athletic director at Westminster High from 1947 through 1963.

He coached football, baseball, basketball and track. In 1947, he guided the basketball team to the school's only state title. From 1964 to 1969, he was the county's supervisor of physical education and athletics.

The football field at East Middle School, previously Westminster High, is named Ruby Field in his honor.

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