Welcome to the Monday edition of The Cooler, where this is none of my business, but … let’s get to it: *My dad was in Minneapolis to visit this weekend, and as is common our conversation turned to baseball. It was Sunday night, and I had given him a book of famous baseball photographs as an early Christmas present, and one of them featured an aging Ted Williams having a conversation in the mid-1980s with two of the best hitters of that era: Don Mattingly and Wade Boggs. My dad asked if Mattingly was in the Hall of Fame, and I said “no,” but then I hopped onto Baseball Reference to confirm my answer (it was correct) and started rattling off Donnie Baseball’s stats. He was a career .307 hitter, had four unbelievable seasons as part of a very good six-year prime and continued to be a contributor until his retirement. He won one MVP award, could have won another, and nabbed nine Gold Gloves at first base. Mattingly is a borderline candidate, we both agreed, … [Read more...] about How in the world did Harold Baines get elected to the baseball Hall of Fame?
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Updated 7:43 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84. His death was announced Monday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Details were not disclosed. McDonald was a two-time All-American from Oklahoma who played 12 NFL seasons for five teams and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. When he retired in 1968, he ranked second in league history in touchdown catches, fourth in yards receiving and sixth in receptions. But the 5-foot-7, 175-pound McDonald had to wait 30 years before becoming the smallest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Oh, baby!" McDonald shouted in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 1, 1998. "Do I look excited, like I just won the lottery or the jackpot? Yes! I'm in the Hall of Fame!" His induction speech was equal parts hysterics and histrionics. … [Read more...] about Tommy McDonald, speedy Hall of Fame receiver, dies at 84
Barry Wilner Associated Press Published 3:13 p.m. UTC Aug 5, 2018 Canton, Ohio — One of the great leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech to call for more enlightened leadership in our country. The last of the seven members of the class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and the lectern, instead strolling along the stage and passionately urging his listeners to come together. “Are you living every day to make this world better?” Lewis asked Saturday night at the end of his 33-minute oratory, often invoking the teachings of Martin Luther King. “Think what we can do if we work together as a country … teaching our nation to love each other again. “It’s how we react to the challenges in our life that shows our greatness. How do we execute that dream? Who will answer that knock on the door in the middle of the night? And it has to start right now. We need people willing to … [Read more...] about Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 8:08 p.m. UTC Aug 3, 2018 Tis the season for celebration. Universities across the state are adding to their respective athletics Halls of Fame. Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan are among the schools that recently announced their newest classes of legends. Here they are: Michigan ►Betsey Armstrong (water polo), the first water-polo athlete to join Michigan's Hall of Honor. She was a four-time All-American from 2002-05, and owns several program records, including saves (1,267), save percentage (.654) and wins (85). ►Tom Dolan (men's swimming and diving), a nine-time NCAA champion and a member of the 1995 NCAA championship team. A two-time Big Ten swimmer of the year, he won NCAA titles in the 500 freestyle (1995-96), 1,650 free (1995-96) and 400 individual medley (1995-96), as well as a member of three relay teams. ►Dave Gallagher (football), a defensive lineman who finished his … [Read more...] about UM, MSU, other state schools announce 2018 Hall-of-Fame classes
By David Barron, Houston Chronicle Published 2:21 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Recently retired Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, former Texas basketball star Kevin Durant of the Warriors, former Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile, Texans receiver Andre Johnson and Houston-area Olympic gold medalists Chad Hedrick and Christa Williams are among candidates who will be voted upon for induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Members of the hall's selection committee met Tuesday to select 20 candidates for the primary ballot and 12 candidates for the veterans ballot to be considered for induction next year into the Texas sports hall in Waco. Johnson, former Packers receiver Donald Driver of Houston Milby and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo were selected to the primary ballot based on their ranking in last year's vote. New candidates on the primary ballot this year include Witten, who recently retired from the NFL to become a broadcaster for ESPN, and former Dallas Stars … [Read more...] about Andre Johnson, Kevin Durant highlight ballot for Texas Sports Hall of Fame