Fifth Annual Athletic Hall of Fame to 'Recapture the Glory' May 9
March 14, 2008
Contact: University Relations
The fifth annual University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will honor more than a dozen athletes and coaches from baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse and soccer, as well as a legendary lacrosse leader, on Friday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (tickets and registration information below).
Home to more than 150 All-American athletes during its 50-plus years of competitive collegiate sports, UB won numerous Mason-Dixon team championships in baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling. The Athletic Hall of Fame is located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
This year, the event, entitled "Recapture the Glory," will induct the 21 members of the 1961 UB baseball team, which captured the Mason-Dixon Championship that year. UB's team took an 11-3 record into the championship playoff, where they defeated Randolph-Macon 1-0 and 6-5.
The event will also honor lacrosse coach Howard "Chip" Silverman, B.A. '66, as an outstanding contributor to UB's success in athletics and an early advocate of the University's establishment of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He coached UB's lacrosse team beginning in 1976, following his storied lacrosse coaching career at Morgan State University. Silverman died on March 7 following a lengthy illness, but not before he was informed about his induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
UB President Robert L. Bogomolny said honoring Silverman and his fellow athletes is a fitting gesture to those individuals who played such a prominent role in helping to create the University's legacy.
"The Athletic Hall of Fame is our way of thanking these people for instilling community pride in the UB name," Bogomolny said. "We were not a large school during the peak years of our athletics program. But we were big in spirit, and that shows every time we gather to honor the inductees."
The Athletic Hall of Fame began after an extended dialogue with alumni leaders, students and local sports aficionados, who worked with the UB leadership to appropriately acknowledge the long history of sports at UB. In the past four years, more than 70 athletes and coaches have entered the hall.
Selected by an executive board of former UB student-athletes and coaches, the 2008 class of the UB Athletic Hall of Fame features 10 former student-athletes and three coaches, all of whom were outstanding in their chosen sport or in their contributions to athletics.
More than 30 years of UB history will be covered by this class, which will include members of some of the University’s most successful teams from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
The 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:
Jim Morgan, B.S. '61
1961 Mason-Dixon Championship Baseball Team
"Easy" Ed Malin, B.S. '55
Daniel Frank Kardash, B.S. '72
Bobby "Piggy" Frantz, B.S. '71
Sheldon Lance Freed, B.A. '73, M.P.A. '77
Charles M. Welzant, B.S. '57
Martin Pustilnick, B.S. '62
Henry J. Wohlfort, B.S. '55
Cal Ermer, soccer
Philip H. Lohrey, wrestling
Howard "Chip" Silverman*, B.A. '66 coach, lacrosse
Gerry Sandusky, the Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning sports director for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, will emcee the event again this year.
Tickets are $90 per adult and $45 per child, and can be purchased in individual, half table (five tickets for $450) or full tables (10 tickets for $900). R.S.V.P. by calling 410.837.6131 or e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online. The event includes a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and dinner from 7 to 9 pm.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts and the Merrick School of Business.