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 plan to do that for the major colleges in the NCAA.  As such, it is news to us that the Washington Redskins will retired the number #49 of Bobby Mitchell, the team’s first black player. The timing comes one day after the statue of former Redskins’ owner, George Preston Marshall, who owned the franchise from 1932, until…
The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced today that four new members will be joining their institution. The group of three drivers and one executive is headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was chosen in his first year of eligibility.   Earnhardt Jr. is the son of racing legend, Dale Earnhardt, who is also in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Earnhardt Jr. proved that the apple did not far from the tree as he was one of the most successful drivers of his era, winning 26 races on the NASCAR Cup Series.  His signature wins included four consecutive wins at Talladega and won the…
Buckle up, buckaroo. There is a lot to take in here as the College Football Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the Class of 2021 Before we look at the list and the MANY people who have been nominated, let’s first look at how one becomes eligible.  1. The player in question must have been named a First Team All-American.  2. The player must have last played ten years ago.  3. The player’s outside record as a citizen is considered.  4. Players must have played their last year of college football at least 50 years ago.  5. A…
It was announced today that former professional wrestler, Johnny Walker, who performed as “Mr. Wrestling II” passed away at the age of 85. Walker debuted professionally in 1955 and was a low to mid-card wrestler until the early 1970s.  Walker was incredibly flexible for his day, and unique in his wrestling, but as he suffered from premature balding, he looked like a “jobber” and was not someone who could be pushed.  This changed in 1972 when he was repackaged as the masked “Mr. Wrestling II”, and he became a champion in the American South. Walker was now a draw, main eventing in…
While baseball is in a struggle between labor and management as to whether or not there will be a 2020 season, we know now that Denard Span won’t be a part of any 2020 campaign regardless. Span, who did not play in 2019, announced that he is officially retired due to what he considered unimpressive offers from Major League teams.   The Outfielder made his Major League debut in 2008 with the Minnesota Twins, where he played five seasons, peaking on 2009, where he led the American League in Triples (10) with a .311 Batting Average.  Span would later play for Washington,…

RIP: Ken Riley

One of the greatest players in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals passed away today, as it was announced that Ken Riley died at the age of 72.   Playing collegiately at Florida A&M, the Bengals selected the then Quarterback in the Sixth Round of the 1969 Draft.  The Bengals management converted him to Cornerback, where he would become the most prolific Defensive Back in franchise history. Riley played his entire pro career with the Bengals, accumulating 65 Interceptions with five Touchdowns over 207 Games.   Despite his high amount of Interceptions, Riley was never voted on to a Pro Bowl team. He would…

RIP: Wes Unseld

The sad days keep on coming. In a statement from his family, it was announced that Wes Unseld passed away at the age of 74.  According to his family, he had battling health issues for some time, namely pneumonia.   A two-time All-American at Louisville, Unseld was drafted by the then Baltimore Bullets with the second overall pick in 1968.  He played his entire career with the team, as they moved from Baltimore to Washington, and the Center was the unquestioned leader of the team during his tenure. A five-time All-Star, Undeld was the Rookie of the Year, and was the MVP the…
The Mid-American Conference has announced the six new members of their Athletic Hall of Fame. The new members are: Bryan Bullington – Ball State, Baseball (2000-02):  Bullington holds the career record in Strikeouts in the MAC (357), and has the most Wins in Cardinals history (29).  The Pitcher was an All-American in 2002, and he was a two-time MAC Player of the Year. Bullington was the first player from the MAC to be drafted number one, and he would go on to play in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. Ellen Herman-Kimball – Ohio, Women’s…
It was announced today that Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Floyd Little, 77, is battling cancer.   A GoFundMe page has been set up by Patrick Killorin, his teammate at Syracuse to help with the expenses to fight the disease. Little was a three-time All-American, and his number 44 was retired by the Orange. The Halfback was chosen seventh overall in the 1967 Draft by the Denver Broncos, which would be the only NFL team he ever played for.  In his nine-year career, Little was a five-time Pro Bowl Selection and would rush for 6,323 Yards, with another 2,418 accumulated in the air.   After…
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 NBA Finals MVP.  This time we went back to basketball, and the J. Walter…