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Sports History and Sports Halls of Fame
Below are websites dealing with sports history, particularly those halls of fame which exist. In the dead of winter, many people’s interest turn to sports, and the nominees and inductees are announced for many halls, including professional baseball and professional football.
Professional Baseball Hall of Fame
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/
This website discusses the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The site combines baseball history and the Hall of Fame itself. The rotating exhibits at the museum are prominently featured, along with the members of the Hall. The site also discusses the rules for induction. Among the items available for the Hall of Fame members are their lifetime statistics, their biographies, pictures of their plaques, and desktop wallpaper. For those interested in analyzing the history of baseball elections, the results of the past votes are available. An online catalog of the museum’s holdings is accessible here. The baseball history here is good, if sometimes not overly evaluative. The exhibits at the museum are also portrayed, and among the current exhibits are one on Ichiro Suzuki and another on Sports Illustrated. Information about visits is here as well.
Basketball Hall of Fame
http://www.hoophall.com/
This hall of fame (located in Springfield, Massachusetts), unlike baseball and football’s hall of fames, represents all of basketball in one hall. (The other halls have separate halls for college and professional). Among the items on the site are information about the Hall of Famers, running from James Naismith, who invented basketball, to Medowlark Lemon, to Phog Allen, to Lynette Woodward. Five whole teams are also honored as members, including the Harlem Globetrotters, the New York Rens and the Buffalo Germans. Three people, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and John Wooden, are honored both as players and as coaches. The history here, outside of the hall, is generally good if not extensive and includes interesting sections on the original rules of basketball and the story of how the Hall of Fame was founded.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
http://www.profootballhof.com/
This hall of fame, located in Canton, Ohio, honors the game of pro football. The site includes information about visiting the hall, the history of the hall, and the hall of famers. Like most other halls, it lists the inductees, provides short biographies of them, and details the induction process. Information about this year’s class is featured prominently, as the finalists were just announced. History of the NFL is provided, although it is not featured prominently. Among the most interesting parts of the general history is the top 20 rankings of people in each category (rushing, passing, scoring, coaching, etc.) and a discussion of these rankings.
College Football Hall of Fame.
http://www.collegefootball.org/
This hall of fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, home of Notre Dame, honors college football heroes. The very location indicates what the shrine thinks