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Braves' McCann not the only athletic talent in the family

Howie and Sherry McCann, the parents of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, were inducted into the Oswego High School (N.Y.) Athletic Hall of Fame for their past athletic accomplishments. (Photo: Oswego Palladium-Times)

Howie and Sherry McCann, the parents of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, were inducted into the Oswego High School (N.Y.) Athletic Hall of Fame for their past athletic accomplishments. (Photo: Oswego Palladium-Times)

Brian McCann's parents have game, too. Or at least they did as high-schoolers.

The Atlanta Braves all-star catcher's parents, Howie and Sherry McCann, were inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame, their alma mater in upstate New York, over the weekend. They received the honor not for raising a major league star, but for their athletic accomplishments 40 years ago.

“I would just like to thank everybody,” Howie McCann told the Oswego Palladium-Times. “This is quite an honor for me and my wife.”

Howie was a four-year varsity baseball player at Oswego, as well as a three-year member of the football program and a two-year member of the basketball team. He played college baseball at Gulf Coast Community College and Mississippi State, and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1974.

He also coached college baseball for years and is currently the owner of McCann’s Windward Baseball Academy.

Sherry McCann, under her maiden name of Brown, was voted Oswego’s female athlete of the year in 1974. She was a basketball and track standout for four years at the high school, and also was active in gymnastics and cheerleading.

“(Sherry) was a competitor from the time the starter’s gun was fired until she reached the finish line,” former Oswego track coach Helen Jermyn said in the Palladium-Times interview.

The McCanns are longtime Duluth residents and their sons, Brian and Brad, were star baseball players at Duluth High.