5 named to county Sports Hall of Fame

SIDELINES

September 18, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A former Colt and former Oriole are among the five honorees for the sixth induction class of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. This year's inductees, who will be honored at a banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on Oct. 24, bring the total of those enshrined to 30.

Alex Sandusky, one of the greatest offensive linemen in Baltimore Colts history, ex-Orioles outfielder Barry Shetrone, premier horse trainer King Leatherbury, two-time Navy All-America football player Dick Duden and ageless softball great Janet Hall will be honored this year.

Alex Sandusky

Sandusky, a businessman who has lived 40 years in the Annapolis area, played 13 years for the Colts, starting every game on the offensive line from 1954 to 1966. At guard, he was a key member on the Colts' first World Championship teams in 1958 and 1959.

When the public voted for the all-time Colts Silver Anniversary team in 1978, Sandusky drew more votes than any offensive lineman. Twice second-team All-Pro on a team of stars, Sandusky came as an end to the Colts from Clarion (Pa.) State Teachers College.

Barry Shetrone

Other than baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline, who played for the Detroit Tigers, Shetrone is the most famous baseball player fromBaltimore's Southern High.

Shetrone, who has lived in the county more than 20 years, played with the Orioles and the old Washington Senators.

A speedy center fielder, Shetrone hit .650 as a high-school senior and signed with the Orioles in 1956 for a $4,000 bonus. He had starred in the summer for the legendary Leone's Boys Club and was named to Walter Youse's All-Time Leone's-Johnny's Team that included Kaline and Reggie Jackson in the outfield.

Shetrone hit .371 in his first full season in the minors. The Orioles called him up in 1959.

In his first big-league game, at Tiger Stadium (then Briggs Stadium) in Detroit, the left-handed hitter looped a ball just 250 feet down the left-field line and, with speed that electrified the crowd, legged out a triple.

Invited to spring training in '60 and '61, Shetrone kicked back and forth between the bigs and bushes before being traded to the Senators in 1963.

In recent years, Shetrone, now an insuranceman, has played a major role in the growth of 50-and-over and seniors slow-pitch softball with John Boring's Wooden Nickel team. He also has stayed active in basketball and volleyball.

King Leatherbury

A native of Shadyside in south county, Leatherbury ranks as the third winningest trainer in horse-racing history. In 37 years in the pony business, Leatherbury has amassed 5,466 victories.

In 1977 and 1978, Leatherbury paced the United States in victories and set a single-season career record for victories (365) in '78. Some 33 times in a career that began in 1959, Leatherbury led Maryland trainers in victories.

Just this year, Leatherbury trained 80 thoroughbreds that made it to the winner's circle.

Dick Duden

Duden is considered to be one of the greatest athletes in Navy history. In three years, the 1947 academy grad earned nine varsity letters -- in football, basketball and baseball.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Duden was huge for his era in college football and earned All-America honors as an offensive and defensive end in 1943 and 1945. In '43, Duden was a consensus All-American, cited by the Associated Press, Time magazine, Football Writers and Coaches Associations and the New York Daily News.

In 1973, Duden was named to the All-time Army-Navy Team.

Duden returned to Navy as coach of the freshman-football team in 1951 and later as assistant varsity coach. He has lived and been a businessman in the Annapolis area since his academy days.

Janet Hall

A standout softball player and member of the Vienna (Va.) Golden Girls 50 & Over National Championship team in 1989 and 1991, Hall is still going strong at 78.

Hall was the oldest member of the Golden Girls three years ago, but has turned her sights on the Senior Olympics in recent years. The longtime Brooklyn Park-resident has placed in as many as eight events in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

In 1993, this phenomenal senior was the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Maryland State Mixed Doubles champion.

A native of Oxford, Pa., Hall was an Anne Arundel County public school secretary for 25 years. Currently battling back from a stroke, she also is trying to organize an over-50 softball league at in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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