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The Black College Hall of Fame has announced the 25 Finalists for the Class of 2020, which includes 22 former players and three coaches. This group was selected from a field over 150 candidates by an 11-member Selection Committee. Players: Joe “747” Adams, Quarterback, Tennessee State, 1977-80: Adams threw for 8,653 Yards for the Tigers and would play three years in the Canadian Football League for Saskatchewan, Toronto and Ottawa. Coy Bacon, Defensive Lineman, Jackson State, 1964-67:  Already a Hall of Famer at Jackson State, Bacon played 14 years in the NFL where he was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection.  He played for…
We aren’t going to lie to you. This announcement is a major disappointment to us. The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that there will be no Class of 2021.   A statement from Lanny McDonald, the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, said the following: “The magic of the induction weekend from the perspective of the new inductees is participating in several days of close interaction with family, friends, former teammates, fellow legends and fans. On that premise, the board felt that this was the right decision to bestow upon the class of 2020 the recognition and lifetime experience they…
One of our pet projects, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Finalists for the Class of 2020, which will be the 7thfull class.   The Finalists were decided by all of you, after being pared down first from over 500 Preliminary Nominees to 50 Semi-Finalists. There are three wings in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame: The Fictitious Athlete wing, whose members are: Rocky Balboa (The Rocky series), Roy Hobbs (The Natural), Crash Avis (Bull Durham), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Charlie…
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 that San Jose State has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This group comprises of five former athletes, one coach, and a complete team.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no ceremony in 2020.  It is tentatively…
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…