After a lengthy and trying push on behalf of his descendants and a small cadre of historians and scholars, former schools physical education administrator Dr. Edwin B. Henderson was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
This is long overdue, as it was Dr. Henderson’s interest in our childrens’ education, and early organization of athletic leagues and officials that laid the seed for the fruition of players such as Lenny Ford, Earl Lloyd, Elgin Baylor, Hillary Brown, Willie Wood, Dave Bing, Ollie Johnson, Leapin’ Lou West, and Lamar McCoy. Dr. E.B. Henderson laid the groundwork for Washington’s status as a basketball hotbed, and more importantly, served as a mentor to professionals such as Dr. Charles Drew. Congratulations to his family.
Congratulations to former Cantral High School and Crossland player Kevin Merida for being named Managing Editor of The Washington Post. Couldn’t happen to a nicer or more deserving guy.
Montrose Christian alum Greivis Vasquez of New Orleans is averaging 9.3 assists a game, good for third in the NBA. His fellow Montrose grad Kevin Durant is the league’s leading scorer at 29 per game.
There will be an auction of Elgin Baylor’s memorabilia on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles:
Former St. Albans basketball player Jonathan Ogden, a UCLA shot putter and first player drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ogden, son of Howard University lineman Sherrill “Tiny” Ogden, joins a 2013 class that included Packer linebacker Dave Robinson (long overdue), wide receiver Chris Carter, and the hard working motivator that was Warren Sapp. Congratulations J.O.- you’re the first St. Albans grad inducted into a major sports hall of fame