It is a sad day in the world of music as it was announced today that Pete Shelley passed away at the age of 63 in home in Estonia. It is expected at this time the cause of death was from a heart attack.
Shelley rose to prominence as the leader of the Punk/New Wave band, the Buzzcocks who had had some hits in the late 70’s (Orgasm Addict, What Do I Get?) and were one of the more influential groups of their time. Shelley would have a solo career in the 1980’s, which was punctuated by his top ten U.K. hit “Homosapien”. The Buzzcocks would reunite in 1989 and have toured off and on since.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Pete Shelley at this time.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2019, which consists of four former boxers and five non-combatants.
The new members are:
Teddy Atlas. Atlas was a trainer and commentator and is known for taking Michael Moorer and Alexander Povetkin to the Heavyweight Championship.
Donald Curry (Modern Era). Curry was the undisputed Welterweight Champion in 1985 by unifying the titles with his defeat of Milton McCrory and he would later become the WBC Super Middleweight Champion. Curry retired with a 34-6 record with 25 KOs.
Tony DeMarco (Old Timers). DeMarco would become the Welterweight Champion in 1955 but the native of Boston is best known for his two brutal battles afterwards with Carmen Basillio.
Don Elbaum. Elbaum was a former manager/promoter/matchmaker from Erie who was the “teacher” of Don King.
Julian Jackson. Jackson won the WBA Super Welterweight Championship in 1987 and held it until he forfeited the title to move up to Middleweight. Jackson won the WBC Middleweight Title twice. He retired with a record of 5506 with 49 KOs.
Guy Jutras. Jutras was a long time official in boxing.
Buddy McGirt. McGirt was the IBF Junior Welterweight Champion in 1988 and would later be the WBC and Lineal Welterweight Champion. He would later become a successful trainer.
Mario Rivera Martino. Martino served Puerto Rican boxing as a writer and later as a commissioner.
Lee Samuels. Samuels worked as a publicist for Top Rank.
The induction ceremony will take place next June.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
It is a very sad day in the world of professional wrestling as it was announced that Thomas Billington, who performed as The Dynamite Kid passed away at the age of 60.
Beginning his career in 1975, the Dynamite Kid first gained serious attention in the late 1970’s working for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling promotion in Calgary where he would rise to the top of the card despite having a small stature. As good as he was in Calgary, Dynamite made heads turn in Japan where along with Tiger Mask they put forth some of the best high-flying matches that the world had ever seen. He combined moves off the top rope with a throwback tough as nails attitude where he would quickly be referred to by many of his peers as the best pound for pound wrestler in the business.
Along with Davey Boy Smith, he would form the British Bulldogs tag team in the WWF and within two years the duo would become WWF World Tag Team Champions. During this reign Dynamite would suffer a severe back injury, which would force the Bulldogs to drop the titles to the Hart Foundation. Despite this injury, when he came back to wrestle, the Dynamite Kid kept the same style and would eventually do more damage to his spine.
The Bulldogs would leave the WWF in 1988 and they would compete in Stampede and later All-Japan until the tag team was broken up when Davey Boy Smith returned to the WWF in 1990. He would continue to wrestle for a couple more years and he made his last in ring appearance in 1996 for Michinoku Pro but he was literally half the size that people remembered lacking any musculature. Due to the injuries he sustained over his career he was reduced to a wheelchair for the final 20 years of his life.
The Dynamite Kid goes down in history as one of the greatest workers of all-time and one of the most influential.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of the Dynamite Kid.
As most of the regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports. After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives.
As such, it is important to us that the New York Rangers retired the number 11 yesterday of Vic Hadfield in a pre-game ceremony.
Hadfield was a member of the Rangers’ famed “Goal A Game” Line that also consisted of Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, both of who already had their number retired so this is a reunion of sorts.
As a member of the New York Rangers, Hadfield played 13 seasons where he scored 262 Goals and 310 Assists. He was also the captain of the team from 1971 to 1974.
This marks the tenth time that New York has retired a number. Hadfield joins Mark Messier, who also had the #11 retired. This has happened before as the #9 was retired for both Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate. The other retried numbers are Ed Giacomin #1, Brian Leetch #2, Harry Howell #3, Rod Gilbert #7, Jean Ratelle #19 and Mike Richter #35.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Vic Hadfield for earning this prestigious honor.