Tom Brown named to DC Sports Hall of Fame

Salisbury resident and longtime local youth coach Tom Brown has been selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

Brown is one of 11 honorees who will be inducted in a special ceremony Sunday, June 23, at Nationals Park, prior to the 1:35 p.m. game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.

Brown has deep connections to the DC area. He was a Montgomery Blair High School three-sport standout and played Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators. He was also a star NFL Football player for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

For decades, Brown ran the Tom Brown Rookie League from an impressive sports complex he constructed in the back yard of his home on Nanticoke Road. He has coached literally thousands of Salisbury-area youngsters.

In addition to Brown, the 2019 DC Sports Hall of Fame class includes Washington Post horse racing columnist Andrew Beyer, Maryland men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski, Olympic swimming champion Tom Dolan, DeMatha High School and Duke University basketball star Danny Ferry, the late Redskins coach Ray Flaherty, Redskins Pro Bowl defensive end Charles Mann, longtime DC United executive Kevin Payne, Maryland women’s lacrosse coach Cathy Reese, and the late tennis instructor and player Allie Ritzenberg.

The 2017-18 Washington Capitals, last year’s National Hockey League Stanley Cup champions, have been named the DC Sports Hall of Fame’s first-ever Team of Distinction.

“This year’s 10 individual inductees are extraordinary examples of excellence from the Nation’s Capital and represent an impressive range of eight different sports and accomplishments on the high school, college, and professional levels,” said hall chairman Bobby Goldwater, a Georgetown University Sports Industry Management master’s program faculty member.

Individual nominees for inclusion must have gained prominence in the Washington area through their achievements in sports as an athlete, coach, owner, executive, member of the media, or contributor. A professional, collegiate, or high school team that has made a significant and positive impact in the Greater Washington community through outstanding achievement will be eligible to be recognized as a Team of Distinction.

Brown, a Silver Spring native, played both baseball and football at the University of Maryland … a professional athlete in two sports, first with Major League Baseball’s Washington Senators in 1963, followed by a six-year National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers, winning three NFL titles including two Super Bowls, and the Washington Redskins.

The names of DC Sports Hall of Fame inductees are prominently displayed at Nationals Park.

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