BALTIMORE—Brady Anderson was born in Maryland, and though he only lived here for a year, he’s spent so much of his adult life creating happy memories for Orioles fans that he was a natural to be added to the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year’s class was announced Tuesday, and Anderson joins famed sailor Gary Jobson, University of Maryland football and NFL player Louis Carter, Wheeler Baker (powerboating), Laurie Schowoy (soccer) and Jack Thomas (lacrosse).
Jim Henneman, the longtime sportswriter for the Baltimore News American, Baltimore Evening Sun and Sun, was named the John F. Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Anderson, who was born in Silver Spring, moved to California as an infant, and played for the Orioles from 1988-2001, hit a then franchise record 50 home runs in 1996.
“It’s become my second home, there’s no doubt,” Anderson said. “The only team I really care about. The only team I want to work for.”
Anderson is currently the Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations.
“I think of myself as an Oriole more than as a Marylander, although I spend half my time here, more than half my time,” Anderson said.
“A few times it came close where I could have been playing for someone else, I couldn’t picture myself going into any other stadium as a home player, except for Camden Yards.”
Henneman, who often serves as official scorer for Orioles games, has witnessed more of the team’s games than anyone.
The induction is on Nov. 3 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at www.mdsahof.com
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