Not in Hall of Fame News

Today, the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced their latest members as they revealed their 2017 Class, which will be co-headlined by former world ranked #1 players, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters. American, Andy Roddick was ranked #1 in 2003.  That year, he would defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the U.S. Open, which would be the biggest win of his career.  Roddick would never win another Grand Slam again, but did appear in four more finals (three Wimbledons and one U.S. Open).  He would win over 600 matches as a single. Like Roddick, Kim Klijsters would reach #1 in…
Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are methodically working on the Top 50 players for every franchise.  The step afterwards will be a look at how each of those organizations honor their past players/executives/coaches in their respective Halls of Fame/Rings of Honor and/or Retired Numbers.  As such, it is of news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number of former Catcher, and now Hall of Famer, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.  This announcement follows Rodriguez’ selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Rangers have retired three numbers in the past, the #26 of former Manager, Johnny…
Although he hadn’t played a game in Major League Baseball since 2013, former flamethrower, Josh Johnson has formally announced his retirement from the game of Baseball. Johnson, who is only 32, has already gone three Tommy John surgeries and it became clear that his elbow would not rebound. The now former Pitcher played eight of his nine seasons with the Florida/Miami Marlins, before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.  Johnson’s best seasons were in 2009 and 2010, both of which saw him go to the All Star Game.  In 2010, Johnson would lead the National League in Earned Run…
Barry Bonds made a sizeable increase in Hall of Fame votes. So did Roger Clemens. Edgar Martinez had his highest increase and for the first time since he has been on the ballot looks like he has a real Hall of Fame chance Trevor Hoffman inched closer. Mike Mussina climbed over 50%. Curt Schilling dropped seven percent and dipped below 50%. We know why don’t we?  So does Curt Schilling, who this week on the Dan Patrick show sounded off on his snub: “We all know why.  Because I’m not — I’m not quiet. I think if I didn’t talk,…
Our favorite day here at Notinhalloffame.com is always when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces their annual Classes.  Our second day is when they announce their Baseball Hall of Fame Class. That second day is here. The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced and let’s get right to it as we have three new Baseball Hall of Famers The highest vote getter this year is Jeff Bagwell who is selected on his 7th year of eligibility.  Bagwell received 86.2% of the vote, well up from his 71.6% last year.  It has been believed that…
We don’t rank the players not in it, but we here at Notinhalloffame.com always have serious respect for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.  Today they have announced that Joe Sakic, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero and Dieter Kalt will be the Class of 2017. Representing Canada is Joe Sakic, who entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.  The native of Burnaby, British Columbia is a two time Stanley Cup Champion and a former Hart Trophy winner as a professional but he also has a decorated career representing his nation.   Sakic won a Gold…
This one makes us very happy. It was announced today that the WWE Hall of Fame will be inducting Kurt Angle into this year’s class, where he is likely to be the headliner. A two time NCAA Champion, Angle won the Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.  He would translate that ability and arguable took to the Professional Wrestling game quicker than anyone in the past thirty years.  Angle would debut on WWE Television in 1999 and in a twelve month period would win the WWF European, Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championship. He would stay with…

RIP: Jimmy Snuka

It is a very sad day for the WWE, as one of their greatest superstars of all-time, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passed away today.  He was 73 years old Before we get to what has dominated news about Snuka in recent years, let’s take a quick look at his decorated in ring career: Born in Fiji in 1943, Snuka did not wrestling until 1970.  His first taste of true success in the wrestling industry took place in ’73 when he went to work for Don Owen in NWA Pacific Northwest.  He would win that regional championship six times as well as…
While women have been entering the Hockey Hall of Fame, we haven’t yet elected to rank them.  Maybe we will one day (we don’t rank coaches or executives), but we did make an exception for Don Cherry.  If we were to ever make an exception for a female player, that person would be Hayley Wickenheiser, who quietly required today following a post on Twitter. Wickenheiser would first suit up for the Canadian Women’s Team in 1994 at the tender age of 15.  That first appearance was the 1994 World Women’s Hockey Championship, where Team Canada would win the Championship.  This…
As we (slowly) continue our way to the Top 50 of each franchise, the next step will be to look at how each team celebrates their former players/executives. As such it is news to us that the Orlando Magic has announced that former star, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway will become the fifth member of their organization’s Hall of Fame. In 1993, Hardaway was drafted with the 3rd overall pick by Golden State but was subsequently traded to Orlando with other first round picks for the rights to #1 overall pick Chris Webber.  Joining Shaquille O’Neal, Hardaway took the Magic to 50…