Sports Hall of Fame
The Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the McDaniel College Alumni Association, is designed to honor former athletes who have acquired prominence in their chosen fields and who also have made contributions to society. The Hall, with its charter induction in 1978, also recognizes other friends of McDaniel College who have contributed significantly to the athletic program. There are now more than 160 McDaniel College greats enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The following 11 men were inducted into the Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 1978. Click to view the full list of Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
Robert J. Gill, Class of 1910
A scholar athlete at McDaniel College, he had a distinguished military career, retiring as a Brigadier General. A McDaniel College supporter and chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, the college's physical education facility is named in his honor.
Carl Cleveland "Molly" Twigg, Class of 1911
Aptly noted in his class as best all-around, this native Carroll Countian also is enshrined in the Maryland Hall of Fame for his heroics with McDaniel College football and as a pitcher in semi-pro baseball. Legend has it that famed sportswriter Grantland Rice dubbed "Molly" Twigg as the originator of the forward pass after seeing the McDaniel College quarterback in action. He later served as director of athletics and a coach at McDaniel College.
Charles A. "Rip" Engle, Class of 1930
An outstanding defensive end for 1929's undefeated gridiron squad, he went on to earn accolades as a high school coach and as head coach at Brown and Penn State, where he also retired as a professor of physical education. His work with students on and off the field earned him the prestigious Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.
Charles W. Havens, Class of 1930
Captain of the 1929 undefeated squad, he was a four-sport athlete on "the Hill" who went on to coach his own McDaniel College team to an unblemished record in 1951 and still holds the record for most coaching wins. He also earned the college's Alumni Meritorious Service and Community Service awards, as well as induction into the Rome, N.Y., Sports Hall of Fame.
George Leo Ekaitis, Class of 1931
A football standout at quarterback and running back, he also played lacrosse and won the NCAA lightweight boxing title. Voted best all-around college man by his peers, he went on to coach football and direct the athletic program at Washington College and to coach high school football in Atlantic City.
Harold W. Kopp, Class of 1933
As captain of the undefeated 1932 team, he was the only footballer selected All-Maryland in two positions. He later coached at Brown, Harvard, and Yale, as well as University of Rhode Island where he was named to its Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Alfred A. Sadusky, Class of 1934
He was a four-sport standout, including All-Maryland selections in basketball and football, both of which he went on to play professionally. He also coached both sports at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, earning accolades several times from the Montgomery County Coaches Association.
William Shepherd, Class of 1935
Called the greatest football player Dick Harlow ever coached, he was a stellar runner and passer who led the nation in scoring in 1934. He earned all-pro honors two consecutive years with the NFL's Detroit Lions after starting his injury-shortened career with the Boston Redskins. Nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966, he also excelled on "the Hill" in baseball and basketball.
Sterling "Sheriff" Fowble, Class of 1936
Although he was a four-sport Green Terror, he excelled in soccer and baseball. After playing semi-pro baseball, he scouted for the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds, discovering greats like Al Kaline, Ron Swoboda, and Dick Boswell. He also was noted for working more than 30 years with 15- to 17-year-olds in Baltimore's amateur leagues.
Carlo J. "Champ" Ortenzi, Class of 1948
A boxer and footballer, he won every intercollegiate boxing match for three consecutive years and won the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship in 1942 and 1947. He also earned the Most Outstanding Boxing Award from the Intercollegiate Boxing Athletic Association in 1947. He was killed in action during the Korean War and posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
Richard C. Harlow, Football Coach, 1927-35
Recognized as the greatest of McDaniel College's football coaches, he still holds the all-time record for winning percentage while leading three undefeated teams in nine seasons. He also coached boxing and was director of athletics after coming to McDaniel College from big-time power Colgate. He went on to coach Harvard and was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and the Maryland Football Shrine in 1984.