Maryland Hall of Fame honors six native sons

Bunting, McMillan among 4 stars, 2 execs

Awards

May 11, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Once again, the spotlight of the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame turns on four native-born sports heroes from the past, plus two nationally prominent team executives in induction ceremonies tonight at Martin's West.

Scheduled for enshrinement in the active athletic category are men from four different sports:

Lloyd Bunting, a defenseman on four consecutive undefeated Johns Hopkins University lacrosse teams. Bunting also was a premier end on Hopkins football teams that were a dominant factor in the then Mason-Dixon Conference.

Walter Greiner, an amateur golfer of the 1930s and '40s, who frequently played the pro tour but couldn't avail himself of the prize money. He was playing for his own pleasure, competing against the pros, and made a favorable impression. In 1935, when only 19, he was a semifinalist in the National Public Links championship at Bethpage, N.Y.

Randy McMillan, the No.1 draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He played at Harford Community College and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was afforded All-America honors as a fullback. His pro career was terminated after six years by a serious automobile accident.

Kelly Ward, whose overall wrestling record at Iowa State was 128-10-2 and 20-0 in international competition. He won an NCAA champiponship while in college. He's the son of former Maryland football All-American and head coach Bob Ward.

Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to Frank Cashen, retired executive vice president of the New York Mets, and George Young, vice president of football operations for the NFL.

Cashen, who directed the Orioles' front office before joining the Mets, is the only man to have teams win pennants and World Series in both major leagues.

He's a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, Loyola College and the University of Maryland Law School.

Young has a similar local background. He played football at Calvert Hall and Bucknell University, where he was elected Little All-American. He later coached and taught at City College and was an offensive line coach of the Baltimore Colts and personnel director of the Miami Dolphins.

Young was five times voted Executive of the Year while general manager of the New York Giants.

Twenty-nine sports are represented among the 180 members of the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame, which had its inception in 1956 with the election of Babe Ruth, Frank "Home Run" Baker, Jimmie Foxx and Robert Garrett.

Tickets for tonight's function, which begins at 6:30, are $45 and the public is invited.

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