Orioles Advocates induct three at annual Hall of Fame luncheon

September 07, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

Members of the Orioles Advocates and the Baltimore Orioles saluted three of the best-known names ever associated with the baseball team at the 13th Annual Advocates Hall of Fame Luncheon. The new Hall of Famers are Davey Johnson, a former player who is now the O's manager; former Orioles general manager Harry Dalton; and one of the most popular players in O's history, Rick Dempsey.

More than 400 people gathered at the Sheraton Inner Harbor for the luncheon, which was organized by O's Advocate James Hedrick, who's with the United States Probation Office. Former WBAL-TV sports anchor Vince Bagli handled the emcee honors, which included sharing the podium with Bob Brown, former PR man for the O's, who introduced his pal Dalton; Brooks Robinson, who introduced his former teammate Johnson; and Mike Flanagan, who introduced his former teammate Dempsey. Dempsey is now the manager of the New York Mets' Triple A team in Norfolk, Va.

Others at the party included the spouses of the honorees, Susan Johnson, Pat Dalton and Joani Dempsey; the first woman president of the Advocates, Blaine Baer, who works at Essex Community College; former Orioles executives Hank Peters and Frank Cashen; O's player turned coach Elrod Hendricks; Bruce Birkhead, who chaired the Hall of Fame committee; and Advocates members Richard and Ardella Grubbs, Angie Reaves, Nick Mantzouris, and Bob and Rose Blatchley.

On the links

Golf tournaments have hit an all-time high in our area. It seems they're a most popular way for groups to raise money. That's something the folks at John Carroll, a Catholic high school in Harford County, figured out 10 years ago when they teed off at their first tournament.

This year's event drew a sell-out crowd of 132 golfers and raised more than $12,000 for student athletic programs. In the tourney's 10 years, golfers have raised more than $110,000 for the school.

Among this year's sponsors and golfers were M. Scot Kaufman, chief financial officer for MBNA; Dr. Neil MacDonald, Union Memorial Sports Medicine Center; Steve Litrenta and Bill Larney, owners of Looney's Pub in Canton; John Hennessey, NationsBank; Howard McComas, McComas Funeral Homes; Joe Salvo, Salvo Auto Parts, and the only female alum to play in the tournament, Lorrie Schenning, Forest Hill Bank/Mercantile. Wil Wilcox Jr., Wil Wilcox III, Mike Kozak and Mike McNulty, all John Carroll alums, made up this year's winning team.

Special kudos were paid to Dennis Brady, Chesapeake Bulk Stevedores, the tourney's original chair, who has decided to turn the chairmanship of next year's event over to alum Paul Ishak, an attorney with Stark and Keenan.

Nautical Nights

A Nautical Nights Bon Voyage party saluted staffers, volunteers and sponsors of the National Aquarium's Nautical Nights program. Thanks to its extended summer hours, the aquarium attracted nearly 23,000 visitors in July and August. The thank-you party, held on Pier 3, celebrated the program's success. Guests enjoyed a delightful cocktail reception, the cool sounds of live jazz and a wonderful view of the Inner Harbor.

Among those at the party were David Pittenger, executive director of the Aquarium; George Williams, Maryland's director of tourism; Ken Trout, president of Signet Bank, which sponsored Nautical Nights along with Crown Central Petroleum; Werner Kunz, Harbor Court Hotel GM; Michael Gaines, GM of Harborplace and the Gallery; and Judy Jolley Morhaz, president of Goucher College.

Around town

Seen on the scene: Dr. Roger Blumenthal, director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, seems to be everywhere. First, he was at the Polo Grill having dinner with Ozzie and Joe Cowan, president of Cowan Enterprises and a Hall of Fame Lacrosse player. I hear there was lots of talk about the chances for this year's Hopkins lacrosse squad, of which Cowan is the offensive coordinator.

The next evening, Blumenthal had dinner at Velleggia's with Steve Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comics, and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who's now the spokesman for the American Heart Association.

And if that's not enough, Blumenthal and his wife, Dr. Wendy Post, were seen having dinner at the Hyatt Regency with the legendary singer Harry Belafonte. Blumenthal tells me Belafonte is interested in the innovative program that he and his wife are working on with Dr. Martha Hill to improve medical care for Baltimore men with high blood pressure.

Party call

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Pub Date: 9/07/97

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