While we have not a great job in updating our Notinhalloffame NASCAR list (look for that update this summer), we are excited that the NASCAR Hall of Fame has announced the five-member Class of 2020.
The Class of 2020 consists of:
Buddy Baker: Baker won 19 races including the 1980 Daytona 500. He was named one of NASCARS’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
Joe Gibbs: Gibbs received 72% of the vote and enters as a team owner. His drivers have won 323 races and he is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a three-time Super Bowl Championship Head Coach with the Washington Redskins.
Bobby Labonte: Labonte was the Winston Cup Series Champion in 2000 and would win 21 races in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Tony Stewart: Arguably the headliner of the class, Stewart was chosen in his first year of eligibility. Receiving 88% of the vote, Stewart was a three-time NASCAR premier series champion and would have 49 Wins on the tour.
Waddell Wilson: Wilson received 72% of the vote and was a famed engine builder.
This is the 11thClass for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The Texas Rangers have announced that Josh Hamilton will be the next former player to be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame.
It was a long road for Hamilton, a former number one Draft Pick whose career was derailed by a severe drug addiction and after leaving baseball for three years he made a comeback in 2005 he would make his MLB debut in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds at age 26 and after a good rookie campaign he was traded to the Texas Rangers where he would spend the next five seasons, all of which would see him earn All-Star honors. Hamilton was a vital component of Texas’ back-to-back American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011, and in the former year he would win the MVP while also winning the Batting Title. Hamilton would sign with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 but returned for one more season in Texas for 2015, which would be his final year in the Majors.
Hamilton’s overall numbers with the Rangers would see him collect 814 Hits with 150 Home Runs, 531 Runs Batted In and a .302 Batting Average
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Josh Hamilton for earning this honor.
We have another significant retirement to speak about as Chris Long announced that he is retiring from the National Football League after 11 seasons.
Drafted 2ndOverall in 2008 by the St. Louis Rams from the University of Virginia, Long would be a starter as a rookie earning all-rookie honors. Long would record 13.0 Quarterback Sacks in 2011 and followed that up with 11.5 the year after. He stayed with St. Louis until the 2015 season and would sign with the New England Patriots where he assisted them in a victory in Super Bowl LI. Long would be a back-to-back champion as he was with the Philadelphia Eagles for their win in Super Bowl LII. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018, which is now his final season in the NFL.
Long retires with 70.0 Quarterback Sacks and along with his father, Howie, has the most Sacks for any father/son combination with 154.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Chris Long the best in his post-playing career.
The UFC announced on Saturday night that Rashad Evans will be part of their 2019 Hall of Fame Class.
Evans first gained national attention by winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 in 2005 as a Heavyweight but he would drop down to Light Heavyweight and went on a winning streak scoring wins over Stephen Bonnar, Michael Bisping and Chuck Lidell, which would earn him a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship shot at UFC 92.
Evans would defeat Forrest Griffin by TKO to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship but his reign would be short-lived as he was defeated by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98. He would rattle off four more wins after by defeating Thiago Silva, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, which earned him a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 145, but he would not be able to wrest the Light Heavyweight Title from him. He would beat Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen but he would lose his last five fights and retired last year with a record of 19-8-1.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rashad Evans for earning this prestigious honor.