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Ron Santo elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday, nearly a year to the day after he died
A year too late for him to enjoy it, former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday, nearly a year to the day after he died.

Santo received 15 votes from the 16-member Veterans Committee panel. Twelve votes were required for election.

"It's really exciting because so many years that we had parties over to his house in spring training saying this is the year, I'd tell him this is the year you're going in the baseball Hall of Fame," said former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Billy Williams, a member of the voting panel.

"With Ernie [Banks], myself and Fergie [Ferguson Jenkins], those players he played with ... to hear this kind of news today that he's inducted in the baseball Hall of Fame is really gratifying because so many times that we talked about it, it's a place he wanted to be. I'm really, really thrilled for him and his family. The one thing, of course, is he's not here to enjoy it, but his family will."

Yes, his family will, but Santo won't. Why elect him after he died instead of allowing him to enjoy this honor while he was alive? Did his stats (Santo hit 342 homers and won five Gold Gloves) change in the last year?

Jim Kaat received 10 votes, Gil Hodges and Minnie Minoso each had nine, and Tony Oliva got eight. Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.

Santo died Dec. 3, 2010, from complications of bladder cancer at age 70. He will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 22.


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-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Ron Santo homers with the Cubs in 1969. Credit: Associated Press

Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Johnson to join USC Hall of Fame

Former football stars Keyshawn Johnson, Tony Boselli, Clarence Davis and Adrian Young are among 16 honorees who will be inducted into USC's Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class, the school announced Wednesday.

Other inductees: Art Bartner (Trojan Marching Band), Lindsay Benko (swimming), Steve Bisheff (media), Barbara Hallquist (tennis), Barbara Hedges (athletics administration), Bob Hughes (water polo/swimming), Bryan Ivie (volleyball), Randy Johnson (baseball), Jill McGill (golf), Tina Thompson (basketball), Forrest Twogood (basketball) and Quincy Watts (track and field).

"This is an outstanding group of Trojan greats -- Olympians, All-Americans, national champions and sports icons -- who have played an important role in USC’s athletic history," USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement. "They’ll join our first nine classes of Hall of Famers to form a real who’s who in USC sports."

The inductees will be honored at a dinner on June 12, 2012, at USC’s Galen Center.


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-- Gary Klein

Photo: Keyshawn Johnson in 1995. Credit: Eric Draper / Associated Press

Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven elected to baseball Hall of Fame


Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were chosen to the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, in an election in which voters again rejected candidates closely identified with baseball's steroid era.

Alomar got 523 votes and Blyleven 463, with 436 of 581 votes (75%) required for election.

Rafael Palmeiro got 11%, in his first year on the ballot.

Palmeiro is one of four players in major-league history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, along with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray. His 568 home runs rank 12th on the all-time list, one spot ahead of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and one spot behind Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

Palmeiro also was the first star suspended after owners and players agreed to test for performance-enhancing drugs and penalize first-time offenders with mandatory suspensions.

Mark McGwire got 19.8%, in the first election after he admitted to using steroids. In his previous four years on the ballot, he received between 21% and 24%.

McGwire's 583 home runs rank 10th on the all-time list. No player eligible for election has hit so many home runs and been denied.

Aaron, Mays, Babe Ruth and Frank Robinson all have been elected. Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa have yet to appear on the ballot. Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome remain active.

Blyleven won in his 14th and next-to-last year on the ballot, as voters rewarded him for his all-time rankings in strikeouts (fifth) and shutouts (ninth) rather than rejecting him for a 22-year career in which he made two All-Star teams and never finished higher than third in Cy Young voting. In his first two years on the ballot, Blyleven received 17.5% and 14.1% of the vote, respectively.

Fun fact: In 1985, Blyleven pitched 293 2/3 innings and completed 24 games. No pitcher has matched either feat since then, and no pitcher has completed more than nine games in a season since 2000. The Philadelphia Phillies led the major leagues in complete games last season, with 14.

Alomar, a 12-time All-Star, won a record 10 Gold Glove awards at second base. He also won four Silver Slugger awards, with a career batting average of .300 and 474 stolen bases.

Next year's Hall of Fame election may not produce any inductees. The list of players eligible for the first time is headed by the likes of Tim Salmon, Bernie Williams, Vinny Castilla and Brad Radke.

The complete voting can be found here

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Roberto Alomar. Credit: Ted Mathias / AFP.

George Steinbrenner, Steve Garvey on Hall of Fame veterans committee ballot

Former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will be on the Hall of Fame veterans committee ballot next month, the Hall of Fame announced Monday. Steinbrenner owned the Yankees from 1973 until his death in July, and the team won seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles during his turbulent and blustery reign.

Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, who was the National League MVP in 1974, is also on the ballot.

Joining Steinbrenner and Garvey: former manager Billy Martin; former union head Marvin Miller; and former players Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons and Rusty Staub. The final member of the 12-man ballot is former general manager Pat Gillick.

To be elected, a candidate must appear on at least 75% of the 16 ballots. Results will be announced Dec. 6 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This year's veterans committee ballot covers baseball's expansion era. Players, managers, umpires, executives whose most significant impact was from 1973 on were considered in the first of a three-year cycle. Under changes announced last summer, the golden era (1947-72) will be voted on in 2011 and the pre-integration era (1871-1946) will be judged in 2012.

Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith are on the veterans committee with Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Baltimore Orioles President Andy MacPhail, former Phillies owner Bill Giles, former Royals owner David Glass, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated and retired Los Angeles Times reporter Ross Newhan.

Miller, who helped players win multimillion-dollar salaries, fell two votes short last year, when Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey were elected.

Anyone elected will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 24 with any players chosen in January by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. The BBWAA ballot includes holdovers Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, and newcomers Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez.

Who do you think should be voted into the Hall? Vote in our poll at the top of this post and let us know.

-- Houston Mitchell


NFL Network takes a look at Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smtih

Rice_275 If you get NFL Network -- and a lot of pro football fans don't -- this is a good night to set the DVR. There will be an interesting interview of Jerry Rice by Steve Mariucci airing at 5 and 8 p.m. Pacific time, and a round-table (triangular table?) reunion of the Dallas Cowboys' "Triplets" -- Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith -- at 6 and 9 p.m.

Rice and Smith will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

In his interview with Mariucci, Rice speaks on a variety of subjects, ranging from the predictable (his work ethic) to the obscure (his hand size).

"The hands," he said. "I used to in high school, Mooch, I'm serious, I was embarrassed by my hands because of the size of them. They're huge, and I was this skinny guy and I used to walk around with my hands in my pockets all the time. People would look at me weird. You know, like, 'Why is this guy's hands always in his pockets?' But I was embarrassed by the size of my hands."

Rice isn't just the greatest receiver in NFL history, but a very active pitchman as well. His latest endeavor? He's teamed with Proctor & Gamble to kick off the second year of the company's official NFL sponsorship and its "Take it to the House" promotion (

The promotion includes a "Football Family" photo contest, a weekly texting competition with fans who will have the longest play from scrimmage, and a blogger fantasy league. Prizes include P&G products, a series of $10,000 donations to winners' communities on behalf of NFL Play 60, and a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl.

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: Jerry Rice, gesturing with his infamously large hands, talks about his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / EPA

USC football: Former fullback Sam Cunningham makes College Football Hall of Fame

Former USC fullback Sam Cunningham is among 14 players and coaches who are a part of the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2010.

Cunningham was a 1972 All-American and starred in the 1973 Rose Bowl, scoring four touchdowns in a 42-17 victory over Ohio State. Cunningham also gained 130 yards and scored two touchdowns in 12 carries in a 42-21 victory over Alabama at Birmingham, Ala., a performance that is credited with helping integrate college football in the South.

A ceremony honoring the inductees will be held in December in New York.

The Hall of Fame class includes:

Dennis Byrd–DT, North Carolina State (1964-67)
Ronnie Caveness–C, Arkansas (1962-64)
Ray Childress–DL, Texas A&M (1981-84)
Randy Cross--OG, UCLA (1973-75)
Sam Cunningham--RB, Southern California (1970-72)
Mark Hermann--QB, Purdue (1977-80)
Clarkston Hines–WR, Duke (1986-89)
Desmond Howard–WR, Michigan (1989-91)
Chet Moeller--DB, Navy (1973-75)
Jerry Stovall–HB, LSU (1960-62)
Pat Tillman*–LB, Arizona State (1994-97)
Alfred Williams–LB, Colorado (1987-90)
* Deceased

Barry Alvarez--118-73-4 (.615) – Wisconsin (1990-2005)
Gene Stallings–89-70-1 (.559) – Texas A&M (1965-71), Alabama (1990-96)

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Sam Cunningham in 1970. Credit: AP.

Gene Autry, Marvin Miller fail to win entry to Baseball Hall of Fame

Whitey The late Gene Autry, who brought major league baseball to Orange County as the first owner of the Angels, and former union leader Marvin Miller failed to win election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in a vote by a 12-member veterans committee made up of media members and former players and executives.

Candidates needed to win support from nine of the 12 committee members to earn induction. Miller got seven votes; the Hall of Fame said Autry received fewer than three

Another veterans committee, voting on umpire and managerial candidates, elected former umpire Doug Harvey and former manager Whitey Herzog to the hall by comfortable margins, officials announced at a news conference on the opening day of the annual baseball winter meetings in Indianapolis.

Harvey, who umpired for 31 seasons in the major leagues, calling five World Series and six All-Star Games, was named on 15 of the 16 ballots while Herzog, who won a World Series and three pennants during 18 years as a manager with the Angels, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, was backed by 14 of the 16 voters.

Manager and umpire candidates had to win support from 12 of the 16 voters to win election. Among those who failed to reach that threshold were former Angels Manager Gene Mauch; Billy Martin, who won a World Series during 16 seasons with the Twins, Athletics, Yankees and Rangers; and former Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Danny Murtaugh, a two-time world champion manager

Martin and Mauch each received fewer than three votes, while Murtaugh got eight.

Harvey and Herzog will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Cooperstown, N.Y, in July.

-- Kevin Baxter in Indianapolis

Photo: Whitey Herzog in 1986 while managing the St. Louis Cardinals. Credit: Associated Press


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