HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors on Saturday to welcome six new members to the club.
A collection of legendary athletes and coaches were enshrined as Clayton Anders, Harold “Ted” Brumbaugh, Jim Hutson, Jimi Massey, Richard Schultz and Joseph Tischer all received the call to the hall at the 26th Annual Induction Banquet, joining the 147 members who preceeded them.
Anders and Hutson have become household names in Washington County as coaches.
Anders is still active at Boonsboro, where he’s led the football team since 1985, while compiling 162 wins and a Maryland Class 1A state title in 1993.
“(My induction) is an honor and a reflection of a lot of people working together,” said Anders. “For the success that we’ve had, you have to have the support of the community, the administration and the players. I’ve been fortunate enough to have that support for 27 years. I accept this honor since I’m fortunate enough to be called ‘head coach,’ but there are many people who have gone into this.”
Hutson retired from coaching in 2003 after leading the Clear Spring baseball team to a 323-179 record and the 1980 Maryland Class C title.
“I’ve always said my success isn’t from baseball expertise since there’s many people who know a lot more than me,” Hutson said. “But my experience in the Marines taught me discipline, and that’s what I tried to instill in my players. Even if they didn’t like my approach, my kids still knew they had a chance to win with Clear Spring. If any attributes led to our success, discipline is the one I instilled in my kids.”
Joining them are athletes Brumbaugh, Massey and Tischer.
Brumbaugh pitched for Hagerstown High School in 1936-37, signing a contract with the Washington Senators in 1938 for $1,000. He accumulated a 33-34 record with a 3.84 ERA in 109 minor league games through four seasons.
“His nickname was ‘The Fireballer’ because his pitches were so fatal,” said Brumbaugh’s daughter Christine Ellis, who accepted the award on his behalf. “He was a humble person, but I think he’d be pleased with this award. I feel so honored and so grateful that the community voted him in.”
Massey was a linebacker and wrestler at Williamsport, earning Washington County defensive player of the year honors and winning a state title at 189 pounds in 1997. He also was a two-time ACC champion in 2001 and 2002 at the University of Virginia.
“This is a very humbling honor. It’s great to be included in the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame,” Massey said. “I’ve looked forward to tonight to honor my coaches and my teammates.”
Perhaps most excited for his enshrinement was Tischer, who completed three Iron Man Triathlons from 1989-91. He also completed the Bay Bridge Swim in 1990 and the JFK 50-mile ultramarathon in 1995. He is a member of Towson University’s Hall of Fame for track and lacrosse.
“I took to sports as one of life’s great learning events. You’re driven, you’re committed, and I looked to the value of sports to make me a great member of society,” said Tischer. “I had the same feeling about my induction into the Hall of Fame as I did when they told me ‘Joe Tischer, you’re an Ironman.’ It’s the best thing you’ll ever hear times 10. It’s a dream. I’m floating right now.”
Schultz was a mainstay with the Washington County Junior Football League and helped form the Chewsville Smithsburg Leitersburg Youth Association, which operates today as Smithsburg Youth Association. He is also responsible for revitalizing the Hall of Fame, gathering information to find those deserving recognition in the Hall.