Not in Hall of Fame News

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB.  Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news the University of Nevada has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This group comprises of seven new members, three from football, three from basketball and one trainer.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no 2020 ceremony,…

RIP: Fred Dean

California Football lost a great one today, as former San Diego Charger and San Francisco 49er, Fred Dean, passed away due to complications from COVID-19.  He was 68 years old. A standout at Louisiana Tech, Dean was a Second Round pick by the Chargers in 1975.  Dean, who played Linebacker at college, was moved to Defensive End by San Diego, where he was an immediate starter.  He went to his first Pro Bowl in 1979, the year after he had 15.5 “unofficial” Sacks.  An elite pass-rusher, Dean was a Pro Bowler again in 1980, this time earning a First Team All-Pro Selection. In 1981,…
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 Dallas Cowboys.  Known to many as America’s Team, the Cowboys are one of the most recognized professional sports programs on the globe.  Formed in 1960, the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls (VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII & XXX), and when they play, regardless of their record, NFL fans pay attention. As for all of our top 50 players in football we…
We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential. Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least number of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact. Last time, we looked at the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the top MVP of the year in the…

RIP: Joe Morgan

Our baseball hearts are being broken again today. The Field of Dreams on the Kinsella Farm in Iowa added its third Hall of Famer in roughly two weeks as Joe Morgan passed away.  He was 77 Years Old. Considered to be one of the greatest Second Baseman in the game’s history, Morgan first appeared in the Majors for the Houston Colt .45s in 1963, and in 1965 he was Houston’s starting Second Baseman, finishing second for the Rookie of the Year, and leading the National League in Walks.  Morgan played with Houston until 1971, where he was a two-time All-Star. The Astros dealt…

RIP: Whitey Ford

Roughly a week after the death of Hall of Fame Pitcher, Bob Gibson, another legendary Cooperstown hurler passed away. Whitey Ford died last night at his home at the age of 91.  No specific cause of death was given. Ford broke into the Majors in 1950 with the New York Yankees, which would be the only team he ever played for on the Major League level.  After finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting, Ford missed the next two years due to military service, but he returned to become the ace of the Yankees staff for years.   Over the course of…
This is a punch to the gut. Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso who was considered one of the greatest players of all-time died after a long battle with cancer.  He was 65. Born in the Netherlands and raided in California, Van Halen formed a band with his brother Alex (drums), Michael Anthony (bass) and David Lee Roth (lead vocals) that bore his last name.  The band caught attention from their gigs in the Los Angeles scene, and they were signed by Warner Brothers. In 1978, they put out their first album, eponymously named, “Van Halen” that opened with “Eruption”, a solo…
A significant retirement has just taken place as Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman, Matt Niskanen, is calling it a career at age 33. From the hockey-rich state of Minnesota, Niskanen was taken 28thOverall in the 2005 Draft by the Dallas Stars.  Niskanen played in Dallas for three and a half seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he had his best individual season, 2013-14.  That year, he had a career-best 46 Points and was the NHL leader in Defensive Point Shares.   Niskanen joined the Washington Capitals as a Free Agent, where he remained a solid two-way player, scoring at least 25 Points…

RIP: Bob Gibson

In our eyes, one of the greatest Pitchers in Major League Baseball has just passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 84 years old. Debuting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959, Gibson played his entire MLB career with the team, retiring after the 1975 season.  Gibson was an eight-time All-Star won the 1968 National League Cy Young and MVP, and two years later he was again a Cy Young winner.   Gibson hurled the Redbirds to two World Series Wins (1964 & 1967) and he was the MVP of both Fall Classics.  Over his career, Gibson had a record…
Following the announcement of Alex Gordon’s impending retirement only a few days ago, we have another career-ending statement from another significant retirement. Hunter Pence announced on Twitter that he will be retiring after a 14-year career, last playing for the San Francisco Giants where he was designated for assignment early in August. Pence made his Major League debut in 2007 with the Houston Astros as their starting Centerfielder, and he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting.  Moving to Rightfield the year after, Pence was named to the All-Star Game in 2009, and would be again in 2011, though he…