- DeMatha Express
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|From the Office of Advancement:|
Facts About Our Faculty:
-- 57% have taught at DM for 10 or more years
-- 25% have taught at DM for 20 or more years
-- 58% have advanced degrees
-- Have an average of 14 years of experience at DM, 19 years in education.
We have had six teachers and two principals recognized by The Washington Post as outstanding educators. (We are confident very few, if any other private school in the region have had as many educators so honored).
As many of us are gearing up for the World Series, just a couple of facts of the DeMatha connections to DC baseball.
-- James Brown '69 is a minority owner of the Washington Nationals.
-- Bill Collins '68 played a key role in bringing baseball back to the region. At one time, it looked like Bill was going to be the owner of the club.
-- Joe '71 and Patrick '85 Lemon are the sons of Jim Lemon, who played for the old Washington Senators and later managed the team in 1968.
From the DM Express in 2012:
Mr. Lemon was replaced by Ted Williams, who was with the squad when the team played its final game at RFK Stadium on September 30, 1971. In that contest, the Senators were leading heading into the 9th inning, thanks to a homerun by the team's most popular player, Frank Howard. However, the game would wind up a forfeit in the 9th inning as the fans took the field and started taking with them any bits and pieces of the stadium they could get their hands on. In fact, Dennis '76 and Dan '77 O'Brien -- who were present -- somehow got hold of a section of the turf at RFK that night. That turf was placed in the family refrigerator for alleged safekeeping until a maid threw it out fearing something had gone horribly wrong in the O'Brien freezer.
Then there was Mike Klem '76. Mike had box seats at that final game and, shortly after Howard hit his homerun, the fans demanded that Frank take the field for not one, but two, curtain calls.
"Frank stepped out and took off his cap and threw it into the stands," Klem said. "I didn't catch it. It actually landed in the lap of guy who had remained seated during everything. We put our hands out asking the guy for the hat who I think thought it belonged to us, and he gave it to me."
It just so happens that Frank Howard appeared at the DeMatha Smoker about 15 years ago. Klem, with the infamous cap in hand, presented it to Hondo (as he was called) for an autograph. The cap, it seems, had come full circle.