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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019.

The class will include eight men in all. For the second year in a row, a trio of first-ballot candidates – Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey – will be inducted into the Hall. That threesome will be joined by Ty Law and Kevin Mawae. In addition, the Hall will be adding defensive back Johnny Robinson from the seniors committee, as well as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and personnel executive Gil Brandt from the contributors list.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released their list of finalists for the Class of 2019.

This list – trimmed from 25 semifinalists – will be subsequently cut to 10 and then to five on Super Bowl weekend. The final five will then be put to a yes/no vote with regards to their potential induction; it takes 80 percent on that final vote to achieve enshrinement.

The list of finalists includes all three ballot newcomers and a number of extremely talented holdovers.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:23

Hall of Fame surprise for Harold Baines

The Baseball Hall of Fame just got a hell of a lot more inclusive.

The Today’s Game Era committee announced that they have selected two players for inclusion in next year’s Hall of Fame class.

One is Lee Smith, a pitcher who spent a long stretch as the most feared closer in the game. He was the all-time saves leader for a stretch – he’s currently third – and at one point surpassed 50 percent of the vote in the regular BBWAA balloting. He was a unanimous choice of the 16-member committee.

The other is Harold Baines. He was a compiler, the sort of guy you labeled “professional hitter.” He never cleared seven percent on the writers’ ballot and fell off completely after five years.

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Another historic Hall of Fame class is landing in Cooperstown this weekend.

Four players elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) will be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29. Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman Jim Thome made it on their first time on the ballot; outfielder Vladimir Guerrero made it in on his second try and pitcher Trevor Hoffman on his third.

Jones led the way with 97.2 percent of the vote. Fellow first-timer Thome was named on 89.8 percent of the ballots. Guerrero made a massive jump from the near-miss of the year previous, going from 71.7 percent all the way to 92.9. And Hoffman, after just missing by a handful of votes, made it with a percentage of 79.9.

In addition, shortstop Alan Trammell and pitcher Jack Morris – both polarizing figures in the insular realm of Hall of Fame punditry – were voted in by the Hall’s Modern Era committee back in December.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:56

Baseball's Hall of Fame welcomes four

Jones, Thome, Guerrero and Hoffman headed to Cooperstown

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:31

Who’s bound for Cooperstown?

Jones, Thome lead newcomers on 2018 HoF ballot

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:55

A Cooperstown conversation with Jay Jaffe

What makes someone a baseball Hall of Famer?

Finding a useful answer to that question is trickier than you might think. That hasn’t stopped author Jay Jaffe from trying to find a way – to create one, really; his new book “The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s In the Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” (Thomas Dunne, $25.99) is a meticulously-researched and engagingly-written work that not only celebrates the greats in the Hall, but also points out a few of the greats still stuck outside the gates and a number of mediocre players who snuck in through luck and/or cronyism.

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OLD TOWN - Old Town High School and the RSU 34 Educational Foundation announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class recently. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to establishing and celebrating the schools rich sports history.

The 2012 class is headed by former New England Patriots and Syracuse University head football coach Dick MacPherson. Joining MacPherson is Bernard MacKenzie, Thomas 'Skip' Chappelle, Donald Sturgeon and Robert Lahey.

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