Daily Archives: May 23, 2010

The Basketball Hall Of Fame Irks Me!!!!

The Basketball Hall Of Fame Irks Me!!!!

I haven’t had the best luck when it comes to chosing successful teams to cheer for and align myself with.  And in my 25+ years of being a sports fan, I could probably count my championship moments on less than two hands(and that involves all sports, including some individual ones too).

So with that being said, when a team or player that I have enjoyed during their career is honored, I gain a little more salvation from that than the average fan.

All of this leads me up to the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame inductions.

The headliners of the class of 2010 are Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen. 

Pippen was an absolute joy to watch on the court, and is probably one of the most accomplished of the versatile players that the sport has ever had.  I enjoyed watching him play during his career in Chicago and I am happy that he will be honored as a Hall of Famer.

My admiration for Karl Malone goes well beyond that.  Malone is my Andre Dawson of the basketball world.  While everyone else was cheering on #23, I was hooked on ‘The Mailman’.  And while it was not an easy feat while living in Chicago, I was able to immerse myself in everything that was Karl Malone related.  He is one of the greatest scorers in the history of the sport and will be honored as a Hall of Famer with Pippen in a few months.

So what has me irked??  How about this…

Along with the Pippen and Malone inductions, the HOF has decided to enshrine the ‘Dream Team’ as part of the class of 2010 as well.  And while I have tons of fond memories of watching these guys play and dominate for the United States, I am quite frankly pissed that the Hall has chosen this year to honor them.  Is there something special about 2010?  No.  Does 2010 mark an anniversary of the team’s success?  No.  So, why this year?  Why 2010?  Why, Why, Why???

I just don’t get it.  Do they deserve to be honored as the greatest assembly of basketball talent ever seen?  Of course!  But, why now??  Give Malone and Pippen the same spotlight that you gave Robinson, Stockton, and Jordan last year.  Why not wait until the HOF doesn’t have a 1st ballot entrant?  Then give the ‘Dream Team’ the headline so the induction class is still relevant.  And that way it doesn’t take away from the joy that 2 of its members will get from their inductions. 

Personally I see this as nothing more than the HOF parading MJ, Magic, Bird, and the others around to keep people interested.  But I find it completely unfair to Pippen and Malone as well as their faimlies and fans who want to see them have this moment to shine on their own.  I just don’t see why they would do that this year when two of the greatest and most decorated players from the last 25 years have earned their chance to stand alone in the spotlight.

Will I watch?  Yes.  Am I already preparing myself for a let down?  Sadly, yes.

I, and many others as well, have been waiting far too long for this day to come to see ‘The Mailman’ and ‘Pip’ share a stage on this special night with Christian Laetner, Chris Mullin, and Clyde Drexler.

Frank Robinson 2004 Topps Memorial Stadium Seat Card

Frank Robinson 2004 Topps Memorial Stadium Seat Card

At first, second, and third glance, I thought that this was a game-used bat card.  And that is why I bought it.  I mean, who wouldn’t want a game-used relic card of one of the most dynamic offensive players to ever suit up in the big leagues?? 

I would.  So, I did.

And after much closer inspection, I realized that this card is not a chunk of wood from a baseball bat, but of a seat from the old Municipal Stadium.  Still cool, I think it is a nice addition to the relic-card collection I am putting together.  And if  I think of all of the incredible memories and championships won in that old stadium, it makes owning this card even more enjoyable!!

That fact that one of my favorite Orioles is on the card is simply icing on the cake!!!

Ron Santo 1974 Topps All-Star w/Brooks Robinson

Ron Santo 1974 Topps All-Star w/Brooks Robinson

This card honors two of the best third basemen to play during the 1970’s.  Issued in the 1974 Topps base set, the card celebrates their elections to the 1973 All-star team.

The 1973 All-star game was Santo’s 9th and final time making the team.  For Brooks Robinson, it was the 14th time he made the squad.

Cross another card off of my ‘Ron Santo Checklist’!!!

Paul Molitor 1991 Donruss

Paul Molitor 1991 Donruss

The 1991 Donruss design is flat-out terrible.  You would think that they would have put their creative heads together to come out with a better design for their 10th anniversary issue.

Instead, they gave us this:

And since the image used of Molitor is just as terrible as the design of the card, I will wrap this post up with a positive.

Paul Molitor had an incredible season in 1991.  Getting 665 at-bats, Molitor connected for 216 hits and a .325 batting average.  At this stage of his career, he was primarily playing as a designated hitter for the Brewers, so his .399 on-base percentage was outstanding.  In ’91, he also scored 133 runs, hit 17 homers, and stole 19 bases.

Molitor made his 4th of his 7 All-star teams in 1991 too.