Not in Hall of Fame News

It was announced yesterday that former Philadelphia Eagles great, Pete Retzlaff, passed away at the age of 88. Retzlaff was drafted in the 22nd Round by the Detroit Lions in 1953, but the product of South Dakota State did not make the team.  After serving in the army for two years, he again tried out in the NFL, making the Eagles roster in 1956. While he was not a receiver in college, he became one with the Eagles.  In 1958, he was named to the Pro Bowl in a year where he led the NFL in Receptions (56). Two years later, he went to…

RIP: John Prine

John Prine passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was 73 years old. Based in Chicago, Prine was an active musician from 1971, spinning blue collar tales with a country-folk flair.  Prine may not have ever become a superstar in musical terms, but his peers viewed him as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. For his work, Prine was nominated in 2018 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of John Prine.
Finally, the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team has been announced, and history has shown that it is a huge catapult to Pro Football Hall of Fame entry.  Initially, we were going to look at the ten players who benefited the most from the selection, but since at some point they will all be referred to anyway, let’s look at them all! Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, New England Patriots: 156 Games, 64.2 Completion Percentage, 43,727 Passing Yards, 316 Touchdown Passes, 80 Interceptions, 99.6 Quarterback Rating, 160 Approximate Value.  2 MVPs, 1 OPOY, 2 First Team All-Pros, 9 Pro Bowls, 3 Super Bowls. A unanimous…

RIP: Al Kaline

The world of Baseball lost a legend today as it was announced that Al Kaline passed away today at the age of 85.  The cause of death was not disclosed. The Outfielder debuted in 1953 as a teenager, and he would play a total of 22 seasons in the Majors, all of which were with the Detroit Tigers.  Kaline would become a star quickly, going to the All-Star Game in 15 of his seasons, and finishing in the top ten in MVP voting nine times.  His other accolades included winning the 1955 Batting Titles, ten Gold Gloves, and he would help Detroit win…
Pro Football lost one of its greats as Bobby Mitchell passed away today at the age of 84. A star at the University of Illinois, Mitchell was chosen by the Cleveland Browns with their seventh round pick in 1958.  Mitchell would share the backfield with the legendary Jim Brown, where he would play four seasons, totalling 3,759 Yards from Scrimmage with 32 Touchdowns. In 1962, the Washington Redskins were under pressure from the NFL, as they were not yet integrated, and they would trade for Mitchell. He was moved to Flanker, and he would promptly lead the NFL in Receiving Yards in…
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Chicago Cubs.  When it comes to iconic sports teams in North America, few can come close to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs first came into existence in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings would join the National League in 1876.  Before 1900, Chicago was one of the most successful teams.  Led by Cap Anson, Chicago would win the National League…
On the weekend of what was supposed to be NCAA’s Final Four, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced today their Class of 2020. As expected, the triumvirate of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett have all been selected for Springfield.  They comprised the top three in our most recent Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the Hall. Kobe Bryant tragically passed away along with eight other people (including his daughter, Gianna) in a helicopter crash.  Bryant played his entire pro career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would lead the Lake Show to five NBA Championships.  Individually, he would…

RIP: Bill Withers

It was announced today that R&B/Soul/Pop legend, Bill Withers died last Monday at the age of 81 due to heart complications. Born in West Virginia, Withers moved to Los Angeles in 1967 seeking a career in music after a nine-year career in the military.  He put out his first album in 1971, which included the hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine”.  Later hits in the 1970s and early 1980s would include “Lean on Me”, “Use Me”, “Lovely Day” and “Just the Two of Us”.  He would win two Grammys and was chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
Didn’t we just write this? We did, but The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced that they will be postponing their induction for the Class of 2020 until 2021, specifically on June 10, 2021 in New York City. The announcement came today from SHOF Chairman, Nile Rodgers. The Class of 2020 comprises Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics), The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes), Rick Nowels, William Stevenson, Paul Williams and Jody Gerson. It is not known at this time whether there will be an additional class in 2021, or whether…
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced that the Hall of Game weekend is officially cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  It was scheduled for this June.   Rather than simply announce a postponement, they announced that they will be honored at the 2021 induction ceremony.  The official plaques will however be at display at the Hall starting in June. The Class of 2020 is comprised of boxers, Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, “Sugar” Shane Mosely, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, the first female boxing honorees, Barbara Buttrick, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker.  Promoters Low DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goosen as well as journalists…