Shouldn’t Fame Be Prerequisite for Hall of Fame?

Nine years ago when Andre Dawson got his Hall of Fame call, I immediately reached out to my father and uncle, who are even bigger Cubs fans than me. I proposed we make a week-long summer pilgrimage out for Dawson’s induction, and they were completely in.

We immediately booked a hotel room in Cooperstown. As prelude to the induction weekend festivities, we caught three minor league games along the way. We even took in the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which proved a disappointing contrast to baseball’s gold standard.

What sojourn it was. Cooperstown is heaven for true baseball fans, and it’s at its pearly best during an induction weekend. The trip easily ranks as my second favorite sports experience after only the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title.

Thus, as a Chicago baseball fan, you’d think I’d celebrate the news that former Cub Lee Smith and my all-time favorite White Sox player, Harold Baines, had earned election to the Hall of Fame. However, my immediate response was actually a sarcastic, “Well, now maybe Ken Boyer can get into the Hall of Fame too.”

For those of unfamiliar with the Boyer “oeuvre,” he was basically the Ron Santo of …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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