Not in Hall of Fame News

Does winning the MVP AND the Cy Young Award mean you will get into the Baseball Hall of Fame? It may surprise you that less than half of those who accomplished that dual threat are in Cooperstown. Of those the previous nine pitchers who landed both trophies in a season, only four are in. This would be Sandy Koufax, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Bob Gibson. A fifth, Roger Clemens, should have had his ticket punched in a few years, but with his adventures with Congress we doubt that will happen. Three others, Vida Blue, Denny McLain and Don Newcombe…
Special Teams receives very little love from the Football Hall of Fame. The greatest Punter in NFL History, Ray Guy isn't in. We don't expect another Place Kicker to get in the Hall either. Steve Tasker has been a semi-finalist for the Hall, but we believe that this is as far as he will get. This has led to a lot of sports columnists (including the NFL on FOX) to discuss a man who is not even 30 years old yet. That man is Devin Hester. Right now, Hester is a game changer. Opposing teams kick away from him, and…
At the age of 23, Los Angeles Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award, and won the pitcher's version of the Triple Crown in the process. Unlike Verlander, we are not set to annoint him on a Hall of Fame path just yet, but in this era where good starting pitchers seem so hard to find, we at notinhalloffame are hoping for a bright future for Mr. Kershaw.
We here at notinhalloffame would like to congratulate Detroit Tigers' pitcher, Justin Verlander for unanimously winning the American League Cy Young Award. Cy Youngs are often a key point on resumes for Hall of Fame induction, especially if the candidate has a healthy career. At the age of 28, Verlander has already been a four time All Star and has posted a 107-57 won loss record. In this era of reduced innings, this is very much a Hall of Fame pace.
Today is a big day in our world as the Hockey Hall of Fame will be inducting Joe Niewendyk, Mark Howe, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour. This of course reminds us about the work we must do to get out new Hockey List in order!
....our music blogger, Live Music Head has put up a great interview with former Yardbird, Jim McCarty. All this time here we talk about who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it is a pleasure to have a converaation with somebody already in! Take a look on her tab if you can!
Very big news on our front occured today. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the Veteran's Committee Ballot, and by our standards, the list contains some serious heavyweights. This list is based on the "Golden Era" candidates from 1947 to 1972. Ron Santo (#2 on our list) could very well find his way in this year. Recently deceased, the attention on inducting the Cubs superstar has never been higher. Many fans of Baseball (and not only in Chicago) have pointed to the oversight of Ron Santo to be one of the biggest oversights in Hall of Fame…

Tony LaRussa Retires

Just days after winning the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa has decided to retire. On three occasions, LaRussa managed teams to World Series victories and was widely praised for his cerebral style of managing. We don;t generally rank managers on our list, but if we did, we know that LaRussa would be very high on our list.
Congratulations go out to the St. Louis Cardinals who ended their dramatic playoff run capturing their 11th World Series. For our purposes, this adds to the already Hall of Fame careers of Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, but does this aid others in their Cooperstown quest? How about Lance Berkman? Does this help propel his resume? What about Chris Carpenter? Just our thoughts!
On (and by Dr. Clayton in our shoutbox) it was reported that Mil Mascaras will be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame. We are still working on our revisions, and will actually include Mascaras in it temporarily. We plan to have the new list up soon (we apoligize that is taking so long) but our intention is to make it as fluid as possible. In the meantime congratulations to the first star who competed primarilly in Mexico to get into the WWE Hall of Fame.