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One of our pet projects, The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame is announcing the Finalists for the Class of 2019.
This will be the 6thfull class, and it is all based on your online votes.
As in past years, we have a Preliminary Group, which is pared down to Semi-Finalists. After four months of your voting, here are the results:
The Fictitious Athlete Finalistsare:
Al Bundy:Married With Children (Football star at Polk High in Chicago, IL). Every year that we have been doing this, Al Bundy had reached the Finals. In two occasions, he finished fourth in voting, just missing out on induction. Will this be the year for the down on his luck shoe salesman?
Al Czervik: Caddyshack (Amateur golfer who challenged the status quo at Bushwood Country Club). After many years as a semi-finalist, the less than posh (but very rich) amateur golfer makes his debut as a finalist. He could join Carl Spackler, the Bushwood groundskeeper as a Caddyshack inductee.
“All The Way” Mae Mordabito: A League of Their Own (Centerfielder for the Rockford Peaches). Arguably the best comedic performance that Madonna ever had, “All The Way” Mae could join teammate, Dottie Hinson, who got in last year,
Amanda Whirtlitzer: Bad News Bears: (Female Little League Pitcher for the Bears). From the original film, Whurlitzer’s arrival to the team changed the fortunes of the Bears. This is the first time that she has been a Finalist.
Billy Chapel: For Love of the Game (Aging Starting Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers). Should Chapel get in, this will be the second induction for a baseball player portrayed by Kevin Costner. The first was as Crash Davis in Bull Durham.
Chazz Michael Michaels: Blades of Glory (Champion Singles and Pairs Figure Skater). If it always seems that there is a Will Ferrell character as a Finalist, it is because there always is. This is the only fictional figure skater to make the Finals.
Clubber Lang: Rocky III: (Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World). Lang has been a Finalist three times and is one of the best sports villains ever.
Dean Youngblood: Youngblood (Left Wing for the Minor League Hamilton Mustangs). Youngblood led voting of all the semi-finalists but all votes are wiped clean for a fresh start. This is his second time as a Finalist.
“Fast” Eddie Felson: The Hustler and The Color of Money (Pool Shark).
“Fast” Eddie returns as a Finalist for the third time. To date, there is no billiards player in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.
Hamilton Porter: The Sandlot (Pre-teen who played baseball at the local sandlot). This is the first time that Hamilton Porter has made the Finals, and if he gets in, he would join his former Sandlot teammate, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez.
Homer Simpson: The Simpsons (Softball player on his company team, Mixed Curler Olympian and Heavyweight Boxer). The “Homer at the Bat” episode is featured in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Could he get in here too?
Ivan Drago: Rocky IV (Former Soviet Heavyweight Boxer). Drago is a Finalist for the third time. With Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed already in the Hall, an induction for either Clubber Lang or Drago would give the Rocky franchise its third Fictional Athlete.
Jake Taylor: Major League & Major League 2 (Catcher and Interim Manager of the Cleveland Indians). This is the first time that Taylor has made the Finals, and there are already three representatives from Major League in.
Jimmy Chitwood: Hoosiers (Forward at Hickory High). Chitwood is a Finalist for the third time.
Pedro Cerrano: Major League, Major League 2 & Major League 3: Back to the Minors (Outfielder for the Cleveland Indians). Cerrano is a Finalists for the second straight year.
Shane Falco: The Replacements (Quarterback who once starred for Ohio State and becomes a replacement player for the Washington Sentinels). Falco is once again a Finalist, and to date there are no inductees from The Replacements.
You can vote for the Fictitious Athletes HERE.
The Fictitious Athlete Contributor Semi-Finalistsare:
Adrian Balboa: Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky V (Girlfriend, and later Wife of Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Rocky Balboa). Yo! Adrian! The late wife of Rocky Balboa has been a Finalists every year since we began, but has always come up short.
Coach Ernie Pantusso: Cheers (Former Baseball Coach turned bartender). Pantusso had made it all the way up to the majors as a coach with the Boston Red Sox
Darcy Sears: Varsity Blues (High School student who dates West Cannan Quarterbacks). This may not be the most empowered female on the ballot, but here she is, as a Finalist for the first time.
Irv Blitzer: Cool Runnings (Coach of the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled Team). While there really was a 1988 Jamaican Bobsled Team, they were not coached by an American named Irv Blitzer. This is the first time that he has been a Finalist.
Jimmy Dugan: A League of Their Own (Former Baseball Player and Manager of the Rockford Peaches). Dugan has been a Finalist every year since the Hall’s inception, and missed out twice as the runner-up.
Ken Reeves: The White Shadow (Head Basketball Coach at Carver High). This is the second time that the former Chicago Bull turned high school basketball coach has been a Finalist.
Lou Brown: Major League and Major League 2 (Manager of the Cleveland Indians). Major League has many inductees, but the former employee of Tire World is not one of them…yet.
Norman Dale: Hoosiers (Head Basketball Coach at Hickory High) Dale has been a Finalist every year, and to date there is nobody from Hoosiers in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.
Patches O’Houlihan: Dodgeball (Former Dodgeball star and Dodgeball Coach for Average Joe’s Gym). In the fictional sports world, there is no greater star than Patches O’Houlihan. As we see him as a trainer, he qualifies as a contributor. This is his first time as a Finalist.
Ray Kinsella: Field of Dreams (Builder of a baseball diamond in a cornfield that attracted dead baseball players). If you build it, he will come. If you vote for him, he gets in. This is Kinsella’s second time as a Finalist.
You can vote for the Fictitious Contributors HERE.
The Fictitious Veteran Finalistsare:
Joe Boyd/Joe Hart: Damn! Yankees (Superfan of the Washington Senators who becomes a player for them)
Luis “Mountain” Rivera: Requiem of a Heavyweight (Heavyweight Boxing Contender)
Sport Goofy: Multiple films and television (Multi-Sport Athlete)
You can vote for the Fictitious Veterans HERE.
The Existing Inductees for our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame are:
Apollo Creed: Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky IV
Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez: The Sandlot
Bobby Boucher: The Waterboy
Charlie Conway: The Mighty Ducks, The Mighty Ducks 2 and The Mighty Ducks 3
Crash Davis: Bull Durham
Daniel LaRusso: The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid 2 and The Karate Kid 3
Dottie Hinson: A League of Their Own
Forrest Gump: Forrest Gump
The Hanson Brothers: Slap Shot
Happy Gilmore: Happy Gilmore
Paul “Wrecking” Crewe: The Longest Yard ‘74
Reggie Dunlop: Slap Shot
Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn: Major League and Major League 2
Rocky Balboa: Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V & Rocky Balboa
Roy Hobbs: The Natural
Willie “Mays” Hayes: Major League
Carl Spackler: Caddyshack
Chubbs Peterson: Happy Gilmore
Gordon Bombay: The Mighty Ducks, The Mighty Ducks 2 and The Mighty Ducks 3
Harry Doyle: Major League, Major League 2 and Major League 3: Back to the Minors
Mickey Goldmill: Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky III
Morris Buttermaker: The Bad News Bears
Mr. Miyagi: The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid 2, The Karate Kid 3 and The Next Karate Kid
Andy “Champ” Purcell: The Champ ‘31
Dennis Ryan: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Guffy McGovern: Angels in the Outfield
Huxley College: Horse Feathers
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