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Championship-winning Nationals, Mystics among 2020 inductees for DC Sports Hall of Fame

Championship-winning Nationals, Mystics among 2020 inductees for DC Sports Hall of Fame

One year after the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Capitals became the first team to receive the “Team of Distinction” honor from the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame, two more title-winning organizations are following suit.

The 2019 World Series champion Nationals and 2019 WNBA champion Mystics will both be honored this summer for their first respective titles in the histories of their franchises. Typically held at Nationals Park, the ceremony has yet to be scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Below is the full list of 2020 inductees:

Ken Beatrice – Sports talk radio host on WMAL and WTEM for over 20 years, passed away in 2015

Herman Boone – Head football coach at T.C. Williams High School who won the 1971 Virginia state championship, passed away in December

Austin Carr – No. 1 overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft, played high school basketball at Macklin High School in D.C.

Gary Clark – Two-time Super Bowl winner with the Redskins who earned four Pro Bowl selections and still holds Washington’s rookie receiving record with 926 yards in 1985

Bob Dwyer – Head coach of the first fully integrated high school basketball team in the Washington-area Catholic conference, led Archbishop Carroll to a 55-game winning streak, passed away in 2007

Jim Ellis – USWNT head coach who led the U.S. to 2015 and 2019 FIFA World Cup championships, captain of Robinson Secondary School soccer team that won 1984 Virginia state title

Wil Jones – D.C. native who had jersey retired as a player at American University, led University of District of Columbia to 1982 D-II national championship, passed away in 2014

John Lucas – University of Maryland product who went No. 1 overall in 1976 NBA Draft and played 13 years in the league, runs drug treatment and recovery program for athletes

2019 Washington Nationals – Overcame a 19-31 start and won five come-from-behind playoff games on their way to winning the 2019 World Series in seven games over the 107-win Houston Astros

2019 Washington Mystics – Led by league MVP Elena Delle Donne, rode the league’s highest-scoring offense to the 2019 WNBA Finals before beating the Connecticut Sun in five games

Founded in 1980, the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame honors District-area athletes, coaches, executives and journalists with their names displayed at Nationals Park. Principal owner Mark Lerner is one of 15 members of the selection committee.

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QUIZ: How much do you remember about the Nationals' 2019 World Series run?

QUIZ: How much do you remember about the Nationals' 2019 World Series run?

The Nationals' 2019 World Series run will remain in the hearts and minds of D.C. fans forever, but just how closely were you paying attention?

Check out our trivia quizzes below to put your knowledge of the Nationals' championship season to the test.


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O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

The Washington Nationals may not be located in the state of Maryland, but that didn't stop them from bringing in more fans from the area than the Baltimore Orioles in 2019.

According to The Active Times, which broke down 2019 ticket sales state-by-state through Vivid Seats, it was the Nationals who came out as the top team in Maryland. The Nationals also took the crown in Virginia and Washington D.C., giving the World Series champions a clean sweep of the DMV.

The results south of the district are not too shocking, as the Nationals are the home team in D.C. and situated closer to Virginia. As for Maryland, the 2019 season for Washington and Baltimore lends itself to the NL squad bringing in more fans. 

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Despite a slow start, Washington turned things around and made a run to a World Series. That success will always correspond to a larger crowd at the ballpark, especially for those who are in the area. The Orioles on the other hand spent 2019 in the early stages of a rebuild, meaning winning didn't come as often as some may hope. The team has a beautiful ballpark and some of the most loyal fans in baseball, but there's no denying that some games during the campaign were a little hard to watch.

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When it comes to the 2020 season, there will be no telling who the more popular team is, at least in terms of ticket sales. With little to no fans expected to be in attendance, it'll just have to be called a draw. 

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