Not in Hall of Fame News

After weeks of staggered announcements, the University of Nebraska’s Athletic Hall of Fame has finished unveiling the six names who will comprise their Class of 2000. The Class comprises: Amanda Burgoyne, Bowling:  Burgoyne helped Nebraska win the National Title in 2004 and 2005, and in the latter championship, she was named the Most Outstanding Player.  Eric Crouch, Football:  This is a special year for the former Cornhuskers Quarterback, as this year he was also named to the College Football Hall of Fame.  In 2001, Crouch won the Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Award, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and the…
The day after the WWE released or furloughed a significant percentage of their roster due to financial issues stemming from Covid-19, the dark cloud over the largest wrestling organization continues as it was announced that Howard Finkel passed away.  He was 69 years old. Finkel was the first employee of the WWE, when Vince McMahon Sr. hired him in 1975.  Over the years, Finkel has been the ring announcer at Madison Square Gardens, Pay Per Views, and numerous television shows until 2000, when he was replaced by Lillian Garcia.  He remained employed by the WWE in an office role. Finkel would occasionally be…

RIP: Willie Davis

The Green Bay Packers lost one of its own as former Defensive End, Willie Davis passed away after a long battle with kidney-related problems. He was 85 years old. Playing his college ball at Grambling, Davis was drafted in the 15thRound by the Cleveland Browns, but due to military service, he did not suit up on the gridiron until 1958.  Davis was with the Browns for two years, but he was not a starter there, and he was traded to Green Bay in 1960, which was where he became part of a dynasty. Davis started at Left Defensive End for the Packers…
While it was widely speculated that this was the case, 2018 World Series MVP, Steve Pearce, announced his retirement last night on WEEI, a radio station in Boston. Pearce debuted in the Majors with Pittsburgh in 2007, and he would have stops in Baltimore, Houston, New York (AL), Baltimore (again), Tampa, Toronto, and finally Boston.  He was never a regular starter, and the most Hits he ever had in a year was 99, which was in 2014 with the Orioles.   Pearce’s defensive versatility and occasional power kept him employed, and in the 2018 World Series, he belted three Home Runs, with…
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…