Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame announces 2015 class

James "Cool Papa" Bell, Thomas Boswell, Len Ford, Ted Leonsis, Bryan Murray, Richie Petitbon, David Robinson, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, John Thompson Jr., Guy Harris "Doc" White, Gary Williams, Maury Wills, and Warner Wolf will be honored in pregame ceremonies of April 19 Nationals-Phillies Game

Thirteen new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored during pregame ceremonies on Sunday, April 19 at Nationals Park. The following inductees will be honored:

  • James "Cool Papa" Bell - Former outfielder for the Homestead Grays
  • Thomas Boswell - Washington Post sports columnist and author
  • Len Ford - Four-time All-Pro defensive end
  • Ted Leonsis - Owner & CEO of Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • Bryan Murray - Former coach of the Washington Capitals
  • Richie Petitbon - Former safety, defensive coordinator, and coach of the Washington Redskins
  • David Robinson - Former Naval Academy All-American, Olympic Gold Medalist, and NBA All-Star
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver - Founder of the Special Olympics
  • John Thompson Jr. - Former men's basketball coach at Georgetown University
  • Guy Harris "Doc" White - Former Major League pitcher
  • Gary Williams - Former men's basketball coach for the University of Maryland and American University
  • Maury Wills - Former National League Most Valuable Player
  • Warner Wolf - Legendary sportscaster

The inductees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation's Capital. They join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, overlooking the left field concourse.