Not in Hall of Fame News

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 note that the Minnesota Twins have announced that they will retire the number 7 of Joe Mauer, who retired at the end of the 2018 season after playing all 15 of his seasons with the team. Joe Mauer first suited up for the Twins in 2004…
For all intents and purposes, this is our Christmas morning. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019 and there was little surprise with who got chosen as Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, The Cure and The Zombies were chosen. Radiohead enters on their second year of eligibility. Nominated last year as well, we suspect that when they announced last year they could not attend the ceremony due to commitments on tour in South America that the committee decided to delay the inevitable by a year. Def Leppard is no surprise…
The Baseball Hall of Fame will have two new members as the Today’s Game Committee have elected Harold Baines and Lee Smith. Over a 22 year career, Baines collected 2,866 Hits with 384 Home Runs and 1,628 RBI. Primarily a Designated Hitter, Baines was with the Chicago White Sox for 14 of those years and he was a five time All Star.  He also played for Baltimore, Texas, Oakland and Cleveland.  The selection of Baines bodes well for future Designated Hitters.  Lee Smith recorded 478 Saves, leading his respective lad in that four times and at the time of his retirement he was…

RIP: Pete Shelley

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…
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…

RIP: Dynamite Kid

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…
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…
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 note that last night the Boston Bruins retired the #16 of former forward, Rick Middleton. After playing his first two seasons in the NHL for the New York Rangers, “Nifty” was traded to Boston prior to the 1976-77 season and it proved fruitful for…
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 note the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame has announced that they will be inducting former players, Lars-Erik Sjoberg and Ab McDonald to their institution at their February 26 home game. Sjorberg joined the Jets after playing in his native Sweden for various teams and…
It was announced that Willie Naulls passed away at the age of 84. He had been battling Churg-Strauss syndrome, a rare immunological condition. Naulls played collegiately at UCLA under Hall of Fame Coach, John Wooden where he was a Second Team All-American in his final season. The St. Louis Hawks in the Second Round of the 1956 Draft would choose the big man but he would only play 19 Games there before being traded to the New York Knicks, which was a much better fit. In New York, Naulls would find himself as the starting Small Forward and he would…