Michael Jordan gave perhaps one of the more polarizing Hall of Fame acceptance speeches, maybe ever, on Friday, and there has been plenty of reaction to Jordan’s parting words. Peter King loved it; Adrian Wojnarowski did not. Regardless of your feelings about Jordan’s “this is why I succeeded” speech, one person in particular — Bryon Russell — didn’t seem to fond about the way he inspired the second coming of Jordan’s career — or least, he wasn’t fond of the way he was characterized in Jordan’s speech.
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What we have here is the Q and A session from Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame inception speech, all 21 minutes of it. What follows are some of my middling thoughts about the joy he gave me watching him play.
And for my next “Captain Obvious” statement, I’ll go with this one: After college, Michael Jeffrey Jordan enjoyed moderate success as an NBA player. This one works, as well: If I’m not mistaken, he was also had a beneficial effect on shoe company Nike. The reason for this post is because Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan and Vivian Stringer are the newest class of Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. Naturally, Jordan headlines the class. Not only that, but the announcement for the Carolina guard’s induction comes on day his alma mater — North Carolina — will be playing for their fifth National Championship against Michigan State tonight.
Much like he normally does, when Jordan’s collegiate career is mentioned, he doesn’t hesitate to mention his coach, Dean Smith, “There’s no way you guys would have got a chance to see Michael Jordan play without Dean Smith.”
Considering the post-amateur careers of this year’s Hall of Fame class, it’s easy to understand why all five were selected for such an honor. While Jordan is certainly the most well-known and famous, the careers of Robinson, Stockton, Sloan and Stringer indicate all of the inductees were certainly deserving of Hall of Fame recognition.
The man with the mustache, Rich “Goose” Gossage, became only the fifth ever relief pitcher to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was Gossage’s ninth year of eligibility. Goose, known as a hard-throwing fastballer, finished his career with 310 saves, 1502 Ks and a 3.01 ERA.
Joining Gossage with this year’s election is manager Dick Williams, who won two World Series Championships with the Oakland A’s. Williams was also Goose’s manager with the San Diego Padres when they won their first NL Pennant in 1984.
Much to Sooze’s dismay, Bert Blyleven again missed getting into the Hall, receiving 63% of the requisite 75. Other notable exclusions include:
- Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox missed by 16 votes.
- Montreal and Chicago Cub great Andre Dawson with 65.9%
- Closer Lee Smith with only 43.3%
For the complete HOF voting results, please check out MLB.com’s article.