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Adams, Booth, Lacy Honored By Baltimore Sun

Jen Adams
Jen Adams

May 17, 2012

BALTIMORE - To celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Baltimore Sun, reporter Mike Klingaman compiled a list of the top 175 athletes who were either born or raised in the state of Maryland, or who competed here for at least three years, and he included three athletes with Loyola University Maryland connections. The athletes are ranked based on their performance, their impact on sports and their lasting resonance with fans. Coaches and managers are not included. 

Head women's lacrosse coach Jen Adams highlights the list, coming in at No. 31, while Jim Lacy, the Greyhounds' men's basketball all-time leading scorer, checks in at No. 125. Women's basketball assistant coach Keith Booth was listed at No. 141.

Adams, a three-time National Player of the Year and three-time first-team All-American at the University of Maryland, concluded a storybook career for the Terrapins in 2001. She led the Terps to four NCAA crowns and two undefeated seasons and was twice named the Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year (2000 and 2001). She was also the inaugural recipient of the Tewaaraton Award and remains the NCAA career leader in points, with 445.

One of just 21 female athletes to be ranked on the Sun's list - behind just Debbie Meyer (No. 20, swimming) and Pam Shriver (No. 23, tennis), Adams is also the third lacrosse player to be included, and the first of two women's players.

Lacy was a forward for the Loyola men's basketball team during the 1943-44 season and then again from 1946-49. He was the first player in college history to top 2,000 points, even though his career was interrupted by a hitch in the Navy during World War II. He still holds the all-time school record with 2,199 points, set in 1949, before the advent of shot clocks and 3-point baskets. He also led Loyola to an upset of Seton Hall (18-0), then the nation's No. 1 team.


 

 

Booth's jersey hangs at Maryland's Comcast Center, a nod to his playing career. The All-America guard averaged 14 points and seven rebounds while taking the Terps to four NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16s. The 28th overall selection in the 1997 NBA draft, he played two seasons for the Chicago Bulls and was an NBA Champion in his rookie year. Booth prepped at Dunbar and led the Poets to a 29-0 mark and No. 1 national ranking.
 

The Baltimore Sun's Top 175 athletes from the state of Maryland
1. Babe Ruth, baseball
2. Johnny Unitas, football
3. Brooks Robinson, baseball
4. Frank Robinson, baseball
5. Ray Lewis, football
6. Cal Ripkin Jr., baseball
7. Michael Phelps, swimming
8. Jimmie Foxx, baseball
9. Jim Parker, football
10. Wes Unseld, basketball
11. Eddie Murray, baseball
12. Raymond Berry, football
13. Lefty Grove, baseball
14. Jim Palmer, baseball
15. Sugar Ray Leonard, boxing
16. Gino Marchetti, football
17. David Robinson, basketball
18. Lenny Moore, football
19. Ed Reed, football
20. Debbie Meyer, swimming
21. Jimmy Lewis, lacrosse, soccer
22. John Mackey, football
23. Pam Shriver, tennis
24. Carmelo Anthony, basketball
25. Al Kaline, baseball
26. Jonathan Ogden, football
27. Randy White, football
28. Earl Monroe, basketball
29. Frank Urso, lacrosse
30. William "Judy" Johnson, baseball
31. Jen Adams, lacrosse
32. Renaldo Nehemiah, track and field
33. Willie Keeler, baseball
34. Bert Jones, football
35. Gus Johnson, basketball
36. Roger Staubach, football
37. Len Bias, basketball
38. John Lucas, basketball, tennis
39. Boog Powell, baseball
40. Marvin Webster, basketball
41. Dave Pietramala, lacrosse
42. Dominique Dawes, gymnast
43. Kent Desormeaux, horse racing
44. Mike Mussina, baseball
45. Roosevelt Brown, football
46. Sam Cassell, basketball
47. John McGraw, baseball
48. Raul Rabil, lacrosse
49. Joe Aitcheson Jr., horse racing
50. Art Donovan, football
51. Joe Gans, boxing
52. Leon Day, baseball
53. Chris McCarron, horse racing
54. Art Shell, football
55. Kevin Durant, basketball
56. Willie Lanier, football
57. Hughie Jennings, baseball
58. Jack Turnbull, lacrosse
59. Juan Dixon, basketball
60. Boomer Esiason, football
61. Len Elmore, basketball
62. Tom McMillen, basketball
63. Joe Kelley, baseball
64. Edgar Prado, jockey
65. Joe Walters, lacrosse
66. Reggie Lewis, basketball
67. Jud Wilson, baseball
68. Lyn Brooks, triathlon
69. Nick Kropfelder, soccer
70. Leroy Kelly, football
71. Carol Mann, golf
72. Skip Wise, basketball
73. Terrell Suggs, football
74. Kimmie Meissner, figure skating
75. Reggie Williams, basketball
76. Bubba Smith, football
77. Muggsy Bogues, basketball
78. Mike Cuellar, baseball
79. Stan Stamenkovich, soccer
80. Ted Hendricks, football
81. Vicky Bullett, basketball
82. Jack Scarbath, football
83. Eddie Rommel, baseball
84. Joe Bellino, football
85. Angel McCoughtry, basketball
86. Matt Stover, football
87. Harold Baines, baseball
88. Buck Williams, basketball
89. Stan Jones, football
90. Joe Cowan, lacrosse and football
91. Beth Botsford, swimming
92. Paul Blair, baseball
93. Jamal Lewis, football
94. Gene Shue, basketball
95. Dick Modzelewski, football
96. Adrian Dantley, basketball
97. Elizabeth "Toots" Barger, bowling
98. Dave McNally, baseball
99. Hoyt Wilhelm, baseball
100. Robert Garrett, track and field
101. Roger Brown, football
102. Walt Williams, basketball
103. Theresa Andrews, swimming
104. Mike Curtis, football
105. Kristi Toliver, basketball
106. Roberto Alomar, baseball
107. Lydell Mitchell, football
108. Alfred "Paddy" Smithwick, steeplechase
109. Katie O'Donnell, field hockey
110. Doug Turnbull, lacrosse
111. Crystal Langhorne, basketball
112. Peter Boulware, football
113. Frank "Home Run" Baker, baseball
114. Anita Nall, swimming
115. Matt Centrowitz, track and field
116. Lloyd "Butch" Keaser, wrestling
117. Millard Lang, soccer and lacrosse
118. Rafael Palmeiro, baseball
119. Walt Bellamy, basketball
120. Chris Eatough, cycling
121. Mario Pino, horse racing
122. Paula Infante, field hockey
123. Bernard Williams, track and field
124. Luis Aparicio, baseball
125. Jim Lacy Jr., basketball
126. Mark Teixeira, baseball
127. Georgia Gould, cycling
128. Fred Funk, golf
129. Chuck Foreman, football
130. Lloyd Bunting Jr., lacrosse
131. Charlie "King Kong" Keller, baseball
132. Jack Sullivan, basketball
133. Jessica Long, swimming
134. Danny Wiseman, bowling
135. Brian Jordan, baseball
136. Larry Surock, soccer
137. Albert King, basketball
138. Jim Thorpe, golf
139. Joe Black, baseball
140. Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, football
141. Bob Williams, football
142. Keith Booth, basketball
143. Sandy Hawley, horse racing
144. John "Sonny" Askew, soccer
145. Bill Morrill Jr., lacrosse
146. Ken Singleton, baseball
147. Alan Ameche, football
148. Hasim Rahman, boxing
149. Jim Gentile, baseball
150. Kelly Amonte Hiller, lacrosse
151. Mike Flanagan, baseball
152. Kid Williams, boxing
153. Rick Dempsey, baseball
154. Jack Thomas, lacrosse
155. Fred Carter, basketball
156. Rudy Gay, basketball
157. Katie Hoff, swimming
158. Brady Anderson, baseball
159. Rico Chiapparelli, wrestling
160. Wilbert Robinson, baseball
161. Travis Pastrana, action sports
162. Greivis Vasquez, basketball
163. Donnie Miller Jr., jockey
164. Gus Triandos, baseball
165. Harry Jeffra, boxing
166. Deane Beman, golf
167. Chris Warner, mountain climbing
168. Arthur Cook, shooting
169. Bernard `Lefty' Kreh, fishing
170. Bucky Lasek, skateboarding
171. Tom Gatewood, football
172. Gary Jobson, sailing
173. Buddy Jeannette, basketball
174. Jim Darcangelo, lacrosse
175. Dickie Kelly, basketball

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