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  • Greg Maddux won’t be a unanimous Hall of Famer for an incredibly stupid reason

    01/07/2014 12:59:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | January 7, 2014 | Cliff Corcoran
    No player has ever been elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame and four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, the most obvious of the many deserving candidates on this year’s ballot, won’t be the first. We now know that for sure thanks to MLB.com’s commendable tradition of posting its writers’ ballots the day before the results are announced. There are 17 MLB.com writers who have been members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for 10 or more years and thus are eligible to vote for the Hall of Fame. Sixteen of them voted for Maddux. Dodgers beat reporter Ken...
  • Bud Grant Honored By Pro Football HOF At His High School

    05/01/2013 2:11:17 PM PDT · by OneVike · 31 replies
    Vikings.com ^ | 5/1/13 | Mike Wobschall
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in the process of honoring each of its members by placing a plaque at each Hall of Famer's high school.The Hall of Fame's project made a stop at Superior (WI) High School on Wednesday to honor legendary Vikings Head Coach Bud Grant as well as fellow Hall of Fame members Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans and Ernie Nevers.Grant is the most revered figure in Vikings lore. He was head coach of the Vikings for 18 seasons (1967-83, 1985) and in that time compiled a regular season record of 158-96-5 while guiding the Vikings to...
  • Pete Rose erased from baseball cards - Has Topps gone too far?

    02/13/2013 6:42:56 PM PST · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    Baseball card collectors and fans of the game are left scratching their heads after Topps made the decision to scrub mentions of Pete Rose and his Major League Baseball records from their products. ...... Yet, when it comes to players chasing Rose' records, his name is omitted. For example, Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski's card mentions his standing in regard to the "all-time record of 4,256" hits, but no mention as to who holds that mysterious record.
  • Ex-Viking Chris Doleman leads four linemen into Hall of Fame

    08/04/2012 7:51:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    PIONEER PRESS ^ | 8-4-12 | joe kay
    CANTON, Ohio -- Chris Doleman knew how to get to the quarterback, no matter where he lined up or which team wanted him. The former Vikings defensive end turned his 150-sack career into a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the third of six players inducted Saturday night, Aug. 4, joining Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf and Jack Butler. Doleman was drafted as a linebacker by the Vikings, but soon was switched to end. He was fourth on the all-time sack list with 150-1/2 when he retired after a 15-year career with the...
  • 'An incredible day for an incredible man' Ron Santo inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame

    07/22/2012 10:01:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/22/2012 | Phil Rogers
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old Musial, doing a pretty good Harry Caray imitation. On Sunday, in Ron Santo's honor, Bench put on a Cubs jersey before he went to the podium and slipped into character. "Ron would have loved it," Vicki Santo, Ron's widow, said afterward. "He and Johnny were such good friends. He would have thought it was hysterical. He would...
  • Five to be Added to Wisconsin Meat Hall of Fame

    03/03/2011 3:56:36 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Ag Connection ^ | 2-18-11 | WI AG
    Glorious Malone, Meinhardt Raabe, Gary Underwood, and Roger and Pat Van Hemelryk will be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame on May 12 at a luncheon in Madison. Malone, who owns Malone's Fine Sausage of Milwaukee, began her pioneering journey in the 1960s by making headcheese in her home kitchen. Unbeknownst to her, the product was being resold and served in stores and taverns as far away as Chicago. Glorious passed away four years ago. She used the popularity of that product to found a successful business that today produces a variety of meat products sold throughout...
  • Finally, Bert Blyleven is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    01/05/2011 12:36:36 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies
    1500ESPN.com ^ | 1-5-11 | Tom Pelissero
    Finally, Bert Blyleven is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The longtime Minnesota Twins pitcher received 463 votes (79.7%) from the Baseball Writers Association of America -- surpassing the 75% mark required for induction in his 14th year on the ballot. He'll be inducted along with infielder Roberto Alomar and executive Pat Gillick on July 24 in Cooperstown N.Y. Blyleven, 59, will become the fourth player in Twins history to have a plaque in the Hall, joining Harmon Killebrew (1984), Rod Carew (1991) and Kirby Puckett (2001).
  • Hughes Remembers Santo

    12/05/2010 8:36:59 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/15/2010 | Pat Hughes
    Broadcast partner recalls unpredictable events, warm greeting when he started in Chicago
  • Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson says John Randle was a hall of fame teacher

    08/07/2010 10:58:04 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-7-10 | Brian Murphy
    Randle grew up dirt poor on a Texas cotton farm, the youngest of three boys raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet while working in the fields and as a maid. Amenities included an outhouse and one bed for the boys to share. There was no running water or furnace. And this was the 1970s. Football, however, was a golden ticket out of poverty, first for Randle's oldest brother, Ervin, who played eight years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. John Randle played for Division II Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), but his relatively diminutive stature...
  • Ex-North Star Dino Ciccarelli elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

    06/23/2010 3:19:15 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-23-10 | ap
    TORONTO — Former Minnesota North Stars standout Dino Ciccarelli was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Ciccarelli played 19 NHL seasons with five teams, recording 608 goals and 592 assists in 1,232 games. In nine seasons with the North Stars, he led the team in scoring five times. "This is a tremendous honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life," Ciccarelli said. "I really appreciate the support of my coaches, the fans and mostly importantly my family throughout my 19-year career."
  • Andre Dawson elected to Major League Baseball Hall of fame

    01/06/2010 11:22:19 AM PST · by jpl · 26 replies · 633+ views
    CNN/SI ^ | Wednesday January 6, 2010 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -Andre Dawson has been elected to the Hall of Fame, while Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell just short of earning baseball's highest honor. Dawson received 420 of 539 votes in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. The eight-time All-Star, appearing on the ballot for the ninth time, had fallen 44 votes short last year.
  • *Smith, Woodson head six-man Hall of Fame class (NFL)*

    01/31/2009 12:04:16 PM PST · by Cyropaedia · 5 replies · 328+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 1/31/2009
    Smith, Woodson head six-man Hall of Fame classNEW YORK (TICKER) —Defensive end Bruce Smith and defensive back Rod Woodson headed a six-man class that was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Smith, the NFL’s all-time sacks leader, and Woodson, who spent much of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, were both first-year finalists. Joining the duo were the late Derrick Thomas of the Kanasas City Chiefs, guard Randall McDaniel, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and former Dallas Cowboys speedster Bob Hayes.
  • Kuhn elected to [Baseball] Hall of Fame; union adversary Miller left out again

    12/04/2007 11:29:41 AM PST · by SpringheelJack · 7 replies · 90+ views
    ESPN ^ | December 3, 2007 | AP
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At last, Bowie Kuhn beat Marvin Miller at something. The late commissioner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday while Miller was rejected by a revamped Veterans Committee stacked with those he regularly opposed -- and beat -- in arbitration and bargaining sessions that altered the history of the game. "Bowie was a close friend and a respected leader who served as commissioner during an important period in history, amid a time of change," commissioner Bud Selig said, adding: "I was surprised that Marvin Miller did not receive the required support given his important...
  • A New Face of Jihad Vows Attacks on U.S.

    03/15/2007 11:31:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,537+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | SOUAD MEKHENNET and MICHAEL MOSS
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Deep in a violent and lawless slum just north of this coastal city, 12 men whose faces were shrouded by scarves drilled with Kalashnikovs. In unison, they lunged in one direction, turned and lunged in another. “Allah-u akbar,” the men shouted in praise to God as they fired their machine guns into a wall. The men belong to a new militant Islamic organization called Fatah al Islam, whose leader, a fugitive Palestinian named Shakir al-Abssi, has set up operations in a refugee camp here where he trains fighters and spreads the ideology of Al Qaeda. He has...
  • McGwire goes on Hall ballot along with Gwynn and Ripken

    11/27/2006 9:32:37 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 63 replies · 708+ views
    Yahoo! Sports/AP ^ | November 27, 2006
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark McGwire, Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. headline the first-time candidates on the 2007 baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot released Monday, sure to spark debate on Big Mac's place in history as the steroid era comes under renewed scrutiny. Jose Canseco, whose book last year led to a congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball, also is on the ballot for the first time. Canseco said he used steroids along with McGwire when they were teammates. McGwire denied using illegal performance-enhancing substances, but when he appeared before a congressional committee, he evaded questions. "I'm...
  • Minoso, O'Neil on special Hall ballot

    11/22/2005 10:36:08 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 230+ views
    AP/Yahoo! Sports ^ | November 21, 2005
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Minnie Minoso and Buck O'Neil were among 39 candidates selected by a screening committee to appear on special Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues ballots for election to the Hall of Fame. The Hall said Monday that a 12-man selection committee will meet Feb. 27 in Tampa, Fla. Thirty people will be on the Negro leagues ballot and nine on the pre-Negro leagues ballot, and to gain election a candidate must receive at least 75 percent of the ballots cast. The screening committee considered 94 candidates recommended by Hall of Famers, historians and fans. Former commissioner Fay...
  • Boggs, Sandberg Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    01/04/2005 11:42:36 AM PST · by IndyTiger · 198 replies · 1,982+ views
    Wade Boggs was overwhelmingly elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility Tuesday, and Ryne Sandberg made it with just six votes to spare on his third try. Boggs, a five-time American League batting champion for the Boston Red Sox (news), was selected by 474 of the record 516 voters who are 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 91.86 percent of ballots he received was the 19th-highest percentage in Hall history, and he became the 41st player elected on his first chance. Sandberg, the 1984 National League MVP for the Chicago Cubs...
  • Boggs, Sandberg Elected to Hall of Fame

    01/04/2005 11:45:59 AM PST · by Gucho · 56 replies · 1,003+ views
    Sports Boggs, Sandberg Elected to Hall of Fame 13 minutes ago By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK - Wade Boggs was overwhelmingly elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility Tuesday, and Ryne Sandberg made it with just six votes to spare on his third try. selected by 474 of the record 516 voters who are 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 91.86 percent of ballots he received was the 19th-highest percentage in Hall history, and he became the 41st player elected on his first chance. Sandberg, the 1984 National...
  • Free Republic Hall of Fame Threads

    11/28/2003 5:52:23 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 299 replies · 3,798+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Friday, November 28, 2003 | Free Republic
    Since its inception, Free Republic has been the world's premeire online gathering place for the discussion of the news, issues, opinions, and just about everything else.There have been several times when the members of Free Republic have posted important breaking news stories first, scooping the outlets of the mainstream media.Some exemplary threads merit mention in what I'd like to call the Free Republic Hall of Fame Threads.I believe this is a good way to remember and share some of the most important discussions that have occured on Free Republic.
  • Costas won't toss any nukes Friday night (Robbins rationalization)

    04/30/2003 11:13:49 PM PDT · by PeoplesRep_of_LA · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | April 30, 2003 | Barry Rozner
    But when Costas opens up the third season of his critically acclaimed, "On The Record,'' this Friday (10:30 p.m., HBO), there will be no controversy. Week 1 will feature a roundtable discussion with "Bull Durham" stars Sarandon, Robbins, Robert Wuhl and writer-director Ron Shelton. They'll celebrate the 15th anniversary of what many believe is the best baseball film ever made. "I would certainly have been willing to talk about the politics of it, but they agreed to come only for the discussion of 'Bull Durham' that was supposed to take place in Cooperstown,'' Costas said from New York. "They view...
  • The Anti's have a protest setup for the BB Hall of Fame this weekend

    04/23/2003 9:59:56 AM PDT · by SirFishalot · 16 replies · 246+ views
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    Baseball Hall of Fame PROTEST Sat.April26th ACTION ALERT!!! THE SIDEWALK DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM IS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH FROM NOON UNTIL 2PM FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN CAR POOLING AND OR CARAVANNING WE WILL BE MEETING AT 9:45 AM NEAR FRANCO'S PIZZA IN THE TOPS PLAZA, KELLOGG ROAD WASHINGTON MILLS departure is at 10:00 am Utica,New York A PRESENTATION REGARDING PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR DEMONSTRATING, YOUR RIGHTS, ETC WILL BE GIVEN AT11:30 AM IN FRONT OF DOUBLEDAY FIELD (MAIN STREET) THE FOCUS OF THE DEMONSTRATION IS ON FREE SPEECH AND OPPOSING THE HALL...
  • It Seems Big Brother Is Even Watching Us at the Ballpark [Tin-foil VRWC Alert]

    04/19/2003 1:46:14 PM PDT · by willieroe · 8 replies · 332+ views
    CBS SportsLine.com ^ | 19 Apr 2003 | Scott Miller
    It's getting creepy out there. Paranoia is rampant. The thought police are on patrol, shining their flashlights into the corners of your garages, looking to root out and crush anything resembling dissent. Ken Griffey Jr. was in the dugout last weekend in Cincinnati, and because we all saw him writhe in agony a couple of weeks ago, his dislocated shoulder isn't exactly a state secret. Yet when someone asked how his rehabilitation was going, Junior went all CIA on us. "I'm not allowed to talk about it," he said mysteriously. "I can't say anything." Someone has gotten to Kevin Appier,...
  • FANNING WAR - A strike against Baseball Hall of Fame By MARK McGUIRE

    04/13/2003 3:40:38 AM PDT · by weegee · 30 replies · 1,956+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2003, 11:36PM | By MARK McGUIRE
    Babe Ruth once declined to have his picture taken with presidential candidate Herbert Hoover. "Nothing doing on politics," Ruth said. The baseball version of the separation of church and state is now shattered. In one letter to one person, the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has issued an edict to millions: If you oppose the war in Iraq, you're not welcome in Cooperstown. Dale Petroskey, a White House assistant press secretary in the Reagan administration, canceled the Hall's 15th anniversary celebration of the classic baseball film Bull Durham. The reason: Two of its stars, Tim...