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The Los Angeles Lakers to retire both of Kobe Bryant's numbers

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced what many of us have long suspected they would do, they will be retiring the numbers 8 and 24 of Kobe Bryant this season. It is notable that he played ten seasons for Los Angeles in both numbers.An All Star for 18 of his 20 seasons, Bryant retired ranked third all-time in Points and was named to 11 1st Team All-NBA rosters. More importantly, he is a five time NBA Champion.Like Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers will retire his number before his eventual Hall of Fame induction.Bryant becomes the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number retired. He joins Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).We here at Notinhalloffame.com will definitely be watching when it occurs!

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The Los Angeles Lakers to retire both of Kobe Bryant's numbers

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced what many of us have long suspected they would do, they will be retiring the numbers 8 and 24 of Kobe Bryant this season. It is notable that he played ten seasons for Los Angeles in both numbers.An All Star for 18 of his 20 seasons, Bryant retired ranked third all-time in Points and was named to 11 1st Team All-NBA rosters. More importantly, he is a five time NBA Champion.Like Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers will retire his number before his eventual Hall of Fame induction.Bryant becomes the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number retired. He joins Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).We here at Notinhalloffame.com will definitely be watching when it occurs!

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RIP: Pierre Pilote

It was announced today that Hockey Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote passed away at the age of 85. Pilote was one of the most accomplished Defenceman in the National Hockey League throughout the 1960’s and he was named the Norris Trophy winner three seasons in a row (1963-63). A member of the Chicago Blackhawks for 12 of his 13 seasons, Pilote was named a First Team All Star five times, a Second Team All Star three times and the native of Kenogami, Quebec was an integral reason why Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 1961.The blueliner would serve as the team captain from 1961 to 1977 and he would score 418 Points over a 890 Game career.Pilote’s #3 was retired by the Blackhawks in 2008 (along with Keith Magnusson who wore the same number) and he was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Pierre Pilote at this time.

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Pat Cash headlines the nominees for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced their five finalists for the Class of 2018 today, which features four Wimbledon Champions.The five finalists are:Pat Cash: Cash only won one Grand Slam, but it was the 1987 Wimbledon Title. The Aussie was also a finalist in his own country’s Grand Slam in 1987 and 1988. He won 12 titles overall in his career.Michael Stich: Stich won the Wimbledon doubles title in 1992 and was the singles title winner in 1991. The German also was part of the 1993 Davis Cup winning team and won the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in doubles with Boris Becker.Anders Jarryd: Jarryd won eight Grand Slam doubles titles; the 1987 Australian, 1983, 1987 & 1991 French, 1989 & 1991 Wimbledon and the 1987 & 1991 U.S. The Swedish national also won an Olympic Bronze in Doubles.Tom Okker: From The Netherlands, Okker was a Doubles champion in the 1973 French Open and was a Finalist in the ’68 U.S. Open.Helena Sukova: A two time runner-up in four Grand Slams as a single, Sukova won 14 Grand Slams as a double. Representing Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic respectively she would win Silver Medals in the Olympics in doubles (1988 Seoul & 1996 Atlanta)It should be noted that there are no nominees in the Contributor or Wheelchair Tennis categories. The International Tennis Hall of Fame will announce their 2018 Class in the first quarter of next year.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announce their Hall of Honor

As our eventual intention is to look at how each team honors their former players and executives we are thrilled that for the first time ever the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally unveiled their Hall of Honor, a 27 man class.This has been a long time coming, so much so that this group comprises 23 Pro Football Hall of Famers.Let’s get right to this very esteemed group:Art Rooney: The founding owner of the Steelers and President of the team from 1933 to 1974. He also served as the Chairman until 1988.Dan Rooney: The son of Art Rooney, Dan Rooney was the Steelers President from 1975 to 2002. He spearheaded the push for minority hires as coaches or GM creating the “Rooney Rule”, whereby all NFL teams must interview a minority candidate for a coaching or GM job.Chuck Noll: The Head Coach for Pittsburgh from 1969 to 1991, Noll is a four time Super Bowl winner with a regular season record of 193-148-1. He would win two more Super Bowls with the Steelers as an Executive. Jack Butler: a four time First Team All-Pro Cornerback from 1956 to 1959. He led the NFL in Interceptions in 1957.Dick Hoak: A Pro Bowl Running Back in 1968 and the Running Coach from 1972 to 2007. He has five Super Bowl Rings as a Coach.Joe Greene: “Mean” Joe was a four time Super Bowl Champion and a Defensive Tackle who went to ten Pro Bowls while earning six First Team All-Pro Selections. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in both 1972 and 1974.Terry Bradshaw: The Quarterback of the 1970’s Steelers dynasty, Terry Bradshaw was a three time Pro Bowler and two time Super Bowl MVP.Franco Harris: The Fullback was the engine of the Steelers juggernaut and he too is a four time Super Bowl Champion. He was also a nine time Pro Bowl Selection and the MVP of Super Bowl IX.Mike Webster: The Center for the 70’s juggernaut, he also won four Super Bowls. He would be named to nine Pro Bowls and seven First Team All-Pro squads.Lynn Swann: The very popular Wide Receiver was also a four time Super Bowl winner. Twice

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Shane Doan Retires

A very significant retirement took place in the world of hockey and it should get more attention than it has. Perhaps we can rectify that.Shane Doan retired today after a twenty-one year career spent entirely with the Arizona Coyotes organization. The defensive minded forward was the seventh overall pick of the team in 1995 when they were still located in Winnipeg. He served as the team’s captain from 2003 until this past season and he is the team’s leader in Games Played, Goals, Assists and Points. He retires with 972 career Points and was the winner of the King Clancy Award in 2010. Doan also played in two All Star Games (2004 & 2009).While Doan is an unlikely entry to the Hockey Hall of Fame, he should be a lock to be honored in some capacity in the near future by the Coyotes. Frankly, it is a crime if they don’t.At present the Coyotes have retired six numbers (#7 Keith Tkachuk, #9 Bobby Hull, #10 Dale Hawerchuk, #25 Thomas Steen, #27 Teppo Numminen, #97 Jeremy Roenick). Please note that the Coyotes still own the original history of the Winnipeg Jets.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Shane Doan for the on-ice memories and we wish him the best in his post playing career.

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Our Top 50 Detroit Tigers have been revised

As we continue or slow process of ranking the all-time Top 50 of each major North American franchise, we also have to constantly update the ones we already have. The one that we have done this time is revising the Detroit Tigers up to accomplishments up to the end of 2016 season.In this particular case, we did not just adjust everything based on what transpired in 2015. The way in which we determine our baseball lists are as follows: Sabremetric tallies while with that team, mostly WAR. Traditional metrics and how they finished in their respective league overall. Playoff accomplishment. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.This has resulted in a significant shift in the overall Top 50 of the Tigers and many new entries that had not been listed previously.The revised list can be found here.

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The Cincinnati Reds HOF announce their Modern Era Finalists

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly putting together the best 50 players of all time for each team from the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and the National Football League. Once that is complete, our next task is to tackle how each of those teams honor their former players/executives in terms of franchise halls of fames, retired numbers etc.One of the teams that we are in the preliminary stages of selecting our top 50 is the Cincinnati Reds, who announced six former players on their modern era ballot.The nominees are as follows:Aaron Boone, Third Base: 1997-2003.   The son of Bob Boone and brother of Bret Boone, Aaron went to his only All Star Game in 2003 prior to being traded to the New York Yankees. He had 646 Hits, 86 Home Runs with a .271 Batting Average over his Reds career.Adam Dunn, Outfield: 2001-2008. An All Star in 2002, Dunn went on a power tear hitting 40 dingers five years in a row from 2004 to 2008. As a Red, the power hitter tallied 270 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .247/.380/.520. John Franco, Relief Pitcher: 1984-89. Three times an All Star as a Cincinnati Red, John Franco secured 148 Saves including 39, which led the NL in 1988. Danny Graves, Relief Pitcher: 1997-2005. Graves would go to two All Star Games and had four seasons where he eclipsed 30, including a 41 save season in 2004. He would save 182 Games in total for Cincinnati.Scott Rolen, Third Base: 2009-2012.   Rolen was only a Red for his last three and a half seasons of his career, though was still named an All Star twice. He had 304 Hits as a Red.Reggie Sanders, Outfield: 1991-98. Sanders was an All Star in 1995 and finished 6th in MVP voting. As a Red he would tally 781 Hits, 125 Home Runs and 158 Stolen Bases.To be eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame a player must have played for Cincinnati for three seasons, played in the majors in the last thirteen years and have been retired for at least

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Bobby Beathard named the Contributor Finalist for the PFHOF

It is another big day in relation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the Bobby Beathard has been named this year’s Contributor Finalist.Beathard’s career began with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963 as a Scout and while he would leave the team briefly to work directly for the American Football League but would return to the Chiefs and during their 1966 AFL Championship Season. He would later scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968 to 1971 and would join the Miami Dolphins in ’72 as their Director of Player Personnel and would win two Super Bowl Rings in the process.Beathard would be recruited by the Washington Redskins to become their General Manager and he transformed the team into a perennial power. During his tenure, the Skins would make it to three Super Bowls and win two of them. In the 90’s he would take over the GM role in San Diego and built a team that reached their first Super Bowl. This is the first time that Beathard has been nominated.

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Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile named Senior Finalists

We consider this a great day at Notinhalloffame.com!Jerry Kramer, who we currently have ranked #2 on our Football list has been named a Senior Nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.This is a long time coming as Kramer has been a multi-time Hall of Fame nominee and is the only man who has been named one of the greatest 50 NFL players of all time not to be enshrined in Canton. Playing his entire career for the Green Bay Packers, Kramer was the anchor of the famed “Packer Sweep” and a member of Green Bay’s first two Super Bowl wins. Kramer does have some stiff competition as former Houston Oiler, “Dr. Doom” Robert Brazile has also been named a Senior Finalist. Brazile is ranked #14 by us.This should be an excellent chance for both to enter the Hall as most of the past Senior Finalists were chosen.