The Maryland State Athletics Hall of Fame honored two Maryland legends Thursday night in Glen Burnie. Former Maryland Lacrosse player James Kappler as well as Men’s Basketball play-by-play man Johnny Holliday were recognized as Kappler was inducted into the hall of fame and Holliday was honored with the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kappler was the goalie for the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse team from 1955-1957 and has been highly regarded by many as one of the best goalies to ever play the game. After being selected as a second-team All American in 1955, Kappler was a first-team All American in both 1956 and 1957. Kappler patrolled the goal during the national championship seasons in 1955 and 1956, leading the team to a combined 21-0 record. James Kappler was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1976 and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.
Johnny Holliday has been calling Maryland Men’s basketball and football games on the radio since 1979. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Holliday initially made his name in as a disc jockey, with some of his work featured in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. After moving to Washington in 1969, Holliday covered a wide variety of Washington sports, before settling in with the Terps in 1979. In 2008 Holliday began hosting the pre and post game shows for the Washington Nationals, as well as contributing sports reports to ABC Radio Network. Holliday was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
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