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Yes we know how slow a process this is!

It has been awhile since we uploaded our last Top 50 players of a major franchise, but we are ready to do so again with a look at the greatest players in New York Mets history.

For one of the most popular franchises of Major League Baseball, the actual success of the organization is not that strong with only two World Series wins to their credit. 

The entire list of our Top 50 New York Mets can be found here, but in the meantime (as we always do) the top five are listed below.

  1. Tom Seaver
  1. Dwight Gooden
  1. David Wright
  1. Darryl Strawberry
  1. Jerry Koosman
Please note that this list is based on accomplishments up to the end of the 2016 Season. 

Up next will be a very young franchise from the NBA, the Toronto Raptors.
Is Ted Nugent a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?

If you ask the Motor City Madman, he would certainly say yes but his association with the NRA is why he has been omitted.

This was essentially what he said when he was interviewed by Albany Q103:

“Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and the boss hog at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he hates freedom, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates me, because I’m on the Board of Directors – quite proudly – of the National Rifle Association…so that’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

He would however go on to say that he would accept the invitation should he be invited.

Is this something we should hold our breath on?

For what it is worth, Nugent is ranked #198 by us on our Notinhalloffame.com Rock and Roll list.
With another day passing, we have another significant retirement to talk about.

In a fitting, yet sponsored post from Kingsford charcoal, the 300 plus pound Nose Tackle, Vince Wilfork announced his retirement from the National Football League. 

Mostly known for his lengthy run (11 seasons) with the New England Patriots, Wilfork went on a four year run from 2009 to 2012 where he was chosen for the Pro Bowl.  This is in addition to a selection in 2007 and four appearances on All-Pro squads.  He is also a two time Super Bowl Champion with New England, earning a ring in 2004 and 2012.  He would conclude his career with two seasons as a Houston Texan.

Vince was a favorite of ours and we suspect one of many of yours.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish him the best in his post playing career!
We lost another legend as country music superstar succumbed to Alzheimer’s at the age of 81. 

Long before he had his first solo hit, the man from Arkansas who dropped out of school at age 14 to pursue a career as a guitarist solidified himself as a member of the famed “Wrecking Crew”, a group of session musicians who would appear on a plethora of hits throughout the 1960’s.  This would include a slew of songs for Elvis Presley including “Viva Las Vegas” and more notably “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers and “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard.  He would also tour with the Beach Boys, replacing Brian Wilson whose notorious anxiety caused him to breakdown.

Campbell had already proved that he could play the guitar with the best of them and sing with skill too.  Now it was time for him to strike out on his own.

In late 1967, Campbell would hit #2 on the Country Charts with “By the Time I get to Phoenix”, a song with enough pop flavor to hit #12 on the Mainstream chart.  Other top Country hits would follow that have mid-level success but the song that really crossed him over as a musical force was “Wichita Lineman” a song that went #1 on both the Country & Western and Adult Contemporary Chart while reaching the top five in the Mainstream version.  He would repeat that feat in 1969 with “Galveston” and in the process cement himself as the king of pop flavored country. 

Campbell would foray into acting, co-starring in the 1969 John Wayne film, True Grit and would also have his own variety television show in the early 70’s, but while he was still churning out top ten hits in the Country Genre, his overall mainstream appeal had receded.  This would change in 1975 with his most popular and most enduring song, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, which would become his first number one hit in the Mainstream Charts.  He would go to the top again with “Southern Nights” the year later. 

While that marked the apex of his career, Campbell would still produce hits in the Country genre.  He announced his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and went on a farewell tour shortly after, complete with the highly respected documentary of his battle with the disease, “I Am Me”. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com mourn the loss of Glen Campbell and we offer our condolences to his friends, family and fans at this time.