It is time for us to continue our additions here at Notinhalloffame.com. We have added to our Baseball Futures section by adding those who will be eligible for Cooperstown in 2021.The complete list can be found here, but here are each of those who could appear on the ballot for the first time in ’21.A.J. Burnett: An All Star in 2015 who led the American League in Strikeouts in 2008. He is currently 31st all-time in that stat.Aaron Harang: Harang led the NL in Wins and Strikeouts in 2006 and would finish 4th in Cy Young voting.Adam LaRoche: A winner of both the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove in 2012. He has over 250 Home Runs over his career.Alex Rios: An All Star in 2006 & 2007. Rios would win the World Series with Kansas City in his last season.C.J. Wilson: A two time All Star in 2011 and 2012.Corey Hart: A two time All Star who is known most for his time in Milwaukee.Dan Haren: Went to three consecutive All Star Games (2007-09) and also led his respective league in SO/BB three times. He is currently 7th all-time in that category.Dan Uggla: A three time All Star and one time Silver Slugger recipient.Grady Sizemore: Sizemore went to three straight All Star Games (2006-08) and won a Silver Slugger and two Gold Gloves. He would lead the AL in bWAR for Position Players.Grant Balfour: The first Australian to be named an All Star (2013)Jason Marquis: An All Star in 2009 who would win 11 Games six seasons in a row.Kevin Gregg: A Relief Pitcher who was in the top ten in Saves four times.LaTroy Hawkins: A middle reliever who is 10th all-time in Games Pitched.Mark Buehrle: A five time All Star who helped the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005. He is currently 61st all-time in WAR for Pitchers.Michael Cuddyer: A two time All Star who won the National League Batting Title in 2013.Nick Swisher: An All Star in 2010 and a World Series Champion with
Another Hall of Fame Class equals for us another Hall of Fame revision.Approximately seven weeks ago, the WWE Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2017, which took many off of our list. This included:Kurt Angle (Ranked #6)Toots Mondt (Ranked #17)“Ravishing” Rick Rude (Ranked #20)Haystacks Calhoun (Ranked #32)The Rock and Roll Express (Ranked #41)Diamond Dallas Page (Ranked #47)Rikidozan (#68)Dr. Jerry Graham (#80)Teddy Long (#134)June Byers (#199)Beth Phoenix (#240)With the removal of these wrestlers, we have moved one wrestler from the future candidates section (The Big Show), and have added more additional performers who we may have forgotten before. Rankings have changed based on your votes and comments and continuing career analysis.Let’s get right to it, shall we?While it is a controversial choice for some of you, we just can’t move the owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon out of the top spot. Love him or hate him, most of you who started watching professional wrestling did so because of the marketing brilliance of McMahon. The Undertaker returns at #2. With his recent retirement at Wrestlemania it is widely speculated that he will be inducted next year. Frankly, we are hoping that is the case.The Rock also returns at the same position, #3. Like the Undertaker, when the Rock gets in, he will without question be the headliner. Triple H returns at #4. While the resume of Triple H is certainly Hall of Fame worthy, though with him being a high ranking executive, it is actually a lot harder to induct him. Maybe this is “Vince 2.0”, and he will be on this list for years to come. The late Ivan Koloff moved up two spots from #7 to #5. There was talk about inducting him two years ago, but now any induction for the former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion would be posthumous.Chris Jericho had a huge jump from #8 to #6. While he is coming off of one of his most entertaining years in the ring, Y2J is 46 y
The music world woke up to some sad news today.In what may be a suicide, Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog has died at the age of 52 while in tour in Detroit. Michigan.Born in Seattle, Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984. The group would release their first EP in 1987 and would be courted by multiple labels as they along with other Grunge bands of the area (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) were leading an alternative music explosion. Prior to Soundgarden’s breakthrough to the mainstream in 1994, he formed Temple of the Dog, a grunge supergroup with members of Pearl Jam, which also accelerated the attention that Cornell would later receive.94’ was easily Cornell and Soundgarden’s greatest career commercially with the release of Superunknown. The album generated hits such as “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun” and showed off the range both lyrically and melodically of Cornell. While he would never reach that height of mainstream success again, Cornell would always be working whether it was as a solo, with Soundgarden or Audioslave and was one of the most respected musicians of his day.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Chris Cornell at this time.
The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their four member Class of 2017, and with two of them you certainly don’t have to be Canadian to know who they are. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Neil Young, headlines this years Class. Having written numerous songs and albums, it is actually ore of a surprise that he hasn’t been chosen already. Young is joined by the politically conscious singer, Bruce Cockburn, who has had significant crossover success across the border.Montreal band Beau Dommage and French-Canadian composer, Stephane Venne rounds out the Class.The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at Toronto’s Massey Hall on September 23.
The UFC Hall of Fame has announced that longtime matchmaker, Joe Silva will be inducted into the Contributors Wing.Silva’s service with the UFC began in 1995 a consultant and later as the Head of Talent Relations, but the man who Dana White has called the “best matchmaker ever” set up over 3,000 contests in the UFC. He retired in 2016 following the buyout from WME-IMG.Silva, along with the other members of this year’s UFC Hall of Fame Class will be inducted in Las Vegas on July 16.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Joe Silva for this honor.
It was reported last night that Pro Football Hall of Famer Yale Lary died at the age of 86. A star at Texas A&M, Lary was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions, the team he would play his entire NFL career with. Lary played eleven seasons in Motown, though he would miss two seasons serving his country.Named to the Pro Bowl nine times, Lary would also be named a First Team All Pro three times. Lary would record 50 Interceptions with 787 Return Yards with two of them going back for Touchdowns. The star Defensive Back would also serve as the team’s Punter. He would hoof 503 Punts and would lead the NFL three times in Yards per Punt.Lary would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.We here at Notinhalloffame.com offer our condolences to the friends and family of Yale Lary at this time.
As always with us at Notinhalloffame.com it is always a continuing process!When one Hall of Fame Class gets in, we need to look at updating our respective lists. As such, we are proud to announce that we have updated our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List.The recent class only claimed two former players off of the ranking, Tracy McGrady (#2) and George McGinnis (#12) but there are quite a few former players who we feel are deserving of a rank and much like the other lists, we have plans to increase the number from the even 100 to 200. For now, we now have a less than perfect number of 106, but that will only be a temporary number.Let’s get to the new rankings shall we?Although our #1 was not chosen, we have a new star at the top of our perch. Five time First Team All NBA Selection Jason Kidd debuts at #1. The current coach of the Milwaukee Bucks is a ten time All Star and is currently #2 all-time in Steals and Assists. Chris Webber was ranked #1 last year, and he drops to #2. We have been long since championing Webber for the Hall, and while he did not get selected last year, he finally was named a Finalist for the first time, which at least gives us reason to be optimistic. At #3, we have another new entrant, Grant Hill. A two time NCAA Champion at Duke, Hill was a major star in the NBA, tallying seven trips to the All Star Game, until severe injuries took him off of that level, though this is still a man who played 18 years in the NBA.While there are many new entrants, only Jason Kidd and Grant Hill crack the top ten.Seven Time Al-Star Jack Sikma remains in the #4 spot. Sikma helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship.Sidney Moncrief dropped two spots to #5. While he dropped here (mostly due to the eligibility of Kidd and Hill) he is coming off being named a Finalist.Former multi-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace swapped places with former Seattle star, Shawn Kemp at #6 and #
Last December, Out Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame announced it’s third full class as voted by a one year long vote by the public. That class comprised Apollo Creed (Rocky), Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (The Sandlot) and Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks) and they joined previous inductees; The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Rocky Balboa, the inaugural inductee. Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 300 Fictional Athletes and over 100 Contributors, which has been reduced to 50 Fictional Athletes, 25 Fictional Contributors and 5 Veterans for the Semi-Final Round.The Semi-Finalists for each respective category are as follows:The 50 Fictitious Athlete Semi-Finalists are: A.C. Slater (Saved by the Bell)Adonis Creed (Creed)Al Bundy (Married…With Children)Al Czervik (Caddyshack)“All the Way” May MordabitoAlex Moran (Blue Mountain State)Amanda Whurtlitzer (The Bad News Bears)Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode I) “Big Ern” Ernie McCracken (Kingpin)Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game)Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy)Brian “Smash” Parker (Friday Night Lights)Bud (Air Bud)Bugs Bunny (Space Jam)Charles Jefferson (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)Chazz Michael Michaels (Blades of Glory)Clubber Lang (Rocky III)Cole Trickle (Days of Thunder)Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid)Dave “Killer” Carlson (Slap Shot)Dean Youngblood (Youngblood)Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own)Doug Remer (BASEketball)Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Goon)Drederick Tatum (The Simpsons)Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Bull Durham)“Fast” Eddie Felson (The Hustler & The Color of Money)Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)Frederick “Ogre” Palowaski (Revenge of the Nerds)Greg Goldberg (The Mighty Ducks)Henry Rowengartner (Rookie of the Year)Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)Jackie Moon (Semi-Pro)Jake Taylor (Major League)Jesus Shuttle
We are a little late in taking a look at this at this, but a very significant retirement has taken place in the National Basketball Association. Los Angeles Clipper, Paul Pierce announced prior to the 2016-17 season that this would be his last in the National Basketball Association. With the Clippers first round exit at the hands of the Utah Jazz, the career of Pierce officially came to an end.A First Team All-American in 1998 at the University of Kansas, Pierce was drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics and would immediately become a starter. Pierce would really blossom in his third season where he finished with an average of over 25 Points per Game, and the following season he would go to his first of ten All Star Games. He would also be named a Second Team All NBA Selection once and a three time Third Team All NBA Selection.While statistically it wasn’t his best season, 2007-08 has to be the most magical one for Pierce. In the Celtics off-season, they acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and they would win the NBA Championship with Pierce leading the way as the Finals MVP. Overall, Paul Pierce retired with 1,343 Games Played with a 19.7 Points per Game Average. In our eyes, Pierce will get into the Basketball Hall of Fame and likely on the first ballot. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Paul Pierce on his outstanding career and we wish him the best in his post playing career.
We have said before that the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame has quickly become one of our favorite franchise Halls. Today they added to it as three former St. Louis Cardinals, Mark McGwire, Pepper Martin and Tim McCarver have been chosen. Traded from the Oakland Athletics midway through 1997, Mark McGwire brought an even bigger bat to the Midwest. In 1998, McGwire would set the new single season Home Run Record with 70, and followed it up with 65 the year after. In his four and a half seasons with St. Louis, he tallied 220 Home Runs with a 1.111 OPS. Achieving more fame as a broadcaster, Tim McCarver was a Cardinal for twelve seasons. An All Star twice, McCarver helped St. Louis win the World Series in 1964 an d 1967 and would accumulate 1,029 Hits over his career with the Red Birds. Like McCarver, Pepper Martin also helped St. Louis win two World Series Championships (1931 & 1934). A member of the famed “Gashouse Gang”, Martin was an All Star four times and led the National League in Stolen Bases three times. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.