WBEZ | Hall of Fame http://www.wbez.org/tags/hall-fame Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Will there be more Bulls finalists for the Hall of Fame? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/will-there-be-more-bulls-finalists-hall-fame-105476 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS3487_5709473506_1c8beb9896.jpg" style="height: 195px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="File: Chicago's United Center. (Flickr/Joshua Mellin)" /></div>Will there be more Chicago Bulls connections this weekend when the Naismith 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists are revealed during All-Star weekend? The&nbsp;class of inductees will be announced during the NCAA Final Four weekend.</div><p>This year there are four on the list with Chicago ties. Do they deserve it?&nbsp; Let&#39;s take a closer look at each contender.</p><h2><strong>John &quot;Red&quot; Kerr</strong></h2><p>Younger Bulls fans think of the late John Kerr and his broadcasting days with the team. His passion for the team was infectious and endeared him to the local listeners on radio and television. His credentials on the court and the sidelines should give him a place in the Hall.</p><p>This Chicago native began his career at Tilden High School, then played at the University of Illinois. With the Illini, his team won the 1952 Big Ten Championship and made the NCAA Final Four. Kerr was named to the school&#39;s &quot;All-Century Team&quot; in 2004.</p><p>His NBA career began in 1954, he was the first selection (sixth overall) of the Syracuse Nationals. His team would win the NBA title that year. Kerr&#39;s NBA career took him to Philadelphia and Baltimore. In 1966, he was taken in the expansion draft to a new franchise: the Chicago Bulls. Instead of playing for his hometown team he would become its very first coach. Here is where John Kerr has a distinct NBA historical note: he is the only coach in the league to ever take a first year franchise (1966-67) to the playoffs. He was named &quot;Coach of the Year&quot; for the feat.</p><h2><strong>Jon Bach</strong></h2><p>Chicagoans remember him as an integral member of the Bulls coaching staff during championship seasons. There is much, much more to Bach&#39;s career. He has lived basketball his whole life and at the age of 88, still does as a Chicago resident.</p><p>The Brooklyn native played guard in college at Fordham and Brown. He had a short tenure in the NBA and would make his name as a coach at Fordham and Penn State. Bach was the Golden State head coach from 1983-1986. After that stint he would join Doug Collins&#39; staff with the Bulls.</p><p>He instilled the &ldquo;Doberman defense&rdquo; with the team, making it one of the best in the NBA. He left the Bulls and continued as an assistant with Charlotte, Detroit and Washington. He returned to the Bulls and finished his NBA career here in 2006. However, Bach continues to be active and assists with local high schools. There is no question he belongs in the Hall. &nbsp;</p><h2><strong>Jerry Krause</strong></h2><p>This may be the most unpopular candidate on the ballot. But the Hall is for accomplishments for the sport, not off the court.</p><p>My thoughts about&nbsp;Krause center on his role as the Bulls General Manager of a team that won six championships. For full disclosure, we did not get along. Heck, he didn&#39;t get along was most people.</p><p>Players, coaches, staff and the media were always the enemy. To this day, when he comes to scout baseball games&nbsp;he bristles when you try to talk to him. However, Krause does deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame for the teams he built around the best player ever to lace up and play in the NBA: Michael Jordan.</p><p>He also figured out the one coach who could harness and co-exist with Jordan: Phil Jackson. The Bulls fired Doug Collins, a popular coach, and Jackson was given the job. He was able to unload players and collected draft picks that brought in the pieces to surround Jordan.</p><p>On draft day in 1987, he acquired Scottie Pippen in a deal and took Horace Grant in the first round (both starters). After several tries, he found the club&rsquo;s starting point guard in a deal with San Antonio for John Paxson. His first top draft pick, Charles Oakley was swapped for New York&rsquo;s veteran center Bill Cartwright.</p><p>Those pieces surrounded Jordan and brought titles to Chicago. There are other players he put on the roster: BJ Armstrong, Scott Williams (undrafted), Stacey King, Dennis Hopson, Craig Hodges and a host of others that would be part of history. (Those players only account for the first three Championships.)</p><p>When Michael returned to the Bulls, Krause made a bold move that would insure more titles. He traded Will Perdue to San Antonio for Dennis Rodman. Rodman was a player that Bulls players and fans despised when he was a Piston. It worked. He also added Ron Harper, Luc Longley, Bill Wennington and Steve Kerr.</p><p>What goes against Krause&rsquo;s Hall of Fame candidacy is the perception that he ended the title run by breaking up the team. He also failed during the post-Jordan era. There is a&nbsp;huge anti-Krause sentiment fueled by Jordan.&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>Jerry Reinsdorf</strong></h2><p>The Bulls owner&nbsp;is on the ballot for the first time.</p><p>He purchased the team in 1985 and already had the Crown Jewel of the NBA in Jordan.&nbsp; He has been a model of consistency with his basketball franchise. They are now the third most valuable team in the league at an estimated $800 million.</p><p>Reinsdorf is second to LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss with his six Championships. (Buss has ten.) With Blackhawks ownership, Reinsdorf was able to have a new stadium built. Even during the years after MJ retired and the team was dismantlesd the Bulls&nbsp;continued to sell out. Fans may not think of Jerry Reinsdorf as Hall of Fame material but the league will strongly consider him. Maybe not this year, but eventually.</p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/will-there-be-more-bulls-finalists-hall-fame-105476 Any Chicago baseball players getting a call today? Not Sosa http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/any-chicago-baseball-players-getting-call-today-not-sosa-104765 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_sammy_sosa.jpg" style="float: left; height: 413px; width: 300px;" title="Sammy Sosa will not hear from the Hall of Fame today--likely never. (AP Photo/ Matt York)" />Today is an anxious day for some former Chicago baseball players&mdash;will the Hall of Fame ring their phones and give them good news about gaining entrance? There are a few players that played in Chicago, Tim Raines (White Sox) and Lee Smith (Cubs) that are getting some serious consideration.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">There is one that is eligible that is likely not getting the call and probably never will: Sammy Sosa.</div><p><strong>A silent phone for Sosa:</strong></p><p>This is his first year on the ballot and there appears to be no support for the former Cub slugger. Sosa finished his baseball career with 609 home runs (three seasons with 60 or more) and is eighth on the all-time list for that statistic. In the past few years, the players that are considered tainted by the steroids have been filtering into the list of possible candidates&mdash;none have made it. This year the list is peppered with several that have been implicated or are considered likely users of the performance enhancing drugs which includes the former Cub right fielder.&nbsp;In 2009, the New York Times reported&nbsp;that Sosa had a positive test in 2003. There was never an admission by him to confirm he had taken any drugs to help the Cub slugger become one of baseball&#39;s prolific home run hitters of his era&mdash;there were strong physical indicators he likely did. Couple the change of his body with his performance in front of Congress in 2005&mdash;remember he forgot he knew English, therefore sidestepping all questions&mdash;the conclusion by the media was Sosa &quot;juiced&quot;.</p><p><strong>Sosa&#39;s career zenith:</strong></p><p>You can&#39;t forget&nbsp;the exciting quest to break the home run record with Mark McGwire in 1998. Sosa smacked 66 home runs that year and the Cardinal first baseman hit 70. Since then both men have been labeled cheaters and their accomplishments considered fraudulent. McGwire finally came out two years ago and admitted his steroid use. In a Fox Sports radio interview this November, McGwire commented on the costs of using the drugs: &ldquo;It&#39;s a mistake that I have to live with for the rest of my life. I have to deal with never, ever getting into the Hall-of-Fame.&rdquo;</p><p>McGwire has been involved with baseball as a hitting coach with St. Louis and now the LA Dodgers. Sosa has remained isolated from the game.</p><p><strong>The steroid cloud has become a silver lining for others:</strong></p><p>&nbsp;There seems to be a major push to look at players that preceded the cloud of steroids with a new view. Many believe that is why former Cub Andre Dawson was able to gain entrance a few years ago. It seems to me his numbers did merit the vote. Dawson&rsquo;s success was overlooked for years because he played in obscurity in Montreal and was an MVP for a last place Cubs team. For whatever reason this year, Tim Raines is now getting a closer look by the Hall of Fame voters. Like his best friend, Andre Dawson, Raines had his best years in Montreal. He played twenty three years, had a lifetime batting average of .294, stole 808 bases and won the National League batting title in 1986. With the White Sox, his best season was 1993&mdash;the division title year. Raines hit .306 and had 16 home runs that season. In the post season he hit .444 and scored five runs in the series loss to Toronto.</p><p>He was one of baseball&rsquo;s best lead-off hitters and base-stealers. Raines was a seven time All-Star with the Expos. He coached first-base for the White Sox during the 2005 championship season. This is his sixth year on the ballot, last year he received 47 percent of the vote (75 percent is needed).</p><p>The other former Chicago player gaining support is Lee Smith. The big-power pitcher began his career with the Cubs in 1980-1987. He would pitch an addition ten years and finished with 478 saves to his credit. Although relief pitchers have been elected to the Hall of Fame in recent years, it has eluded Smith. He was used primarily for one inning&mdash;but he usually dominated the batters he faced. Smith has been eligible since 2003 for the Hall of Fame. Last year he earned 50 percent of the vote.</p><p><strong>The Class of 2013:</strong></p><p>Who knows what the voters will do&mdash;the system is in the hands of baseball writers. Once a writer gets to vote, he or she has that right forever. What is interesting is many no longer cover baseball (or had a short stint) and you wonder how much thought is put into it. This is not to impugn the ones active or retired that have followed the game closely and diligently cast their vote. With the print industry struggling, the Hall of&nbsp;Fame may&nbsp;consider revamping the voting process.&nbsp;</p><p>As for the next class, it will be announced at 1 p.m. Wednesday and the induction is July 26 in Cooperstown, NY.</p><p>Hope the phone rings loud for a couple of former Chicago players.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook C<a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">heryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/any-chicago-baseball-players-getting-call-today-not-sosa-104765 Chicago hits a recent sports slump http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/chicago-hits-recent-sports-slump-82032 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP Rose solo squatting.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thanks to Super Bowl shenanigans, Richard Dent&rsquo;s induction into the <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">Hall of Fame</a> got lost somewhere between the flubbed national anthem and all those flashy ads. So now that the football's done, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>gave <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank">Bears</a> legend Dent his due - and caught up on our other sports teams. <em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout shared the highs and lows of late.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Fireballs, &quot;Bulldog&quot;, from the CD Rock Instrumental Classics Vol. 2-The 60's, (Rhino) </em></p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/chicago-hits-recent-sports-slump-82032 The Golden Jet: Chicago Blackhawk legend Bobby Hull http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/golden-jet-chicago-blackhawk-legend-bobby-hull <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/Hull pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before last year&rsquo;s victory, you had to have been around in 1961 to see a Chicago Blackhawk hoist Lord Stanley&rsquo;s Cup. That win &ndash; after a rather long franchise drought &ndash; was in part due to Mr. Bobby Hull.</p><p>On the ice, The Golden Jet&rsquo;s speed and famous slap shot made him the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a single season.</p><p>And trophies? He&rsquo;s pretty much won them all. And some numerous times &ndash; the Art Ross, The Hart, the Lady Byng.</p><p>The 23-year veteran of the league remains one of the all-time goal leaders for the Blackhawks.</p><p>Now you can relive his epic feats with the Blackhawks in Hull&rsquo;s new book - <a href="http://www.triumphbooks.com/products/the_golden_jet/1572436171.php"><em>The Golden Jet: A Spectacular Career in Stunning Photographs.</em></a></p><p>Bobby Hull is currently an official Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador. His sweater, number 9, hangs high above the current reigning champions' home ice.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/golden-jet-chicago-blackhawk-legend-bobby-hull Poll: Who was the best non-hall of fame Chicago sports star? http://www.wbez.org/blog/poll-who-was-best-non-hall-fame-chicago-sports-star <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//trophy.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-15116" title="trophy" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//trophy.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="149" /></a> In the wake of the news surrounding <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/02/richard-dent-may-be-the-last-bear-with-a-legitimate-shot-at-the-hall-of-fame-present-players-excluded/14817">Richard Dent's rejection from the NFL Football Hall of Fame</a> and the nomination for Scottie Pippen to the NBA Hall of Fame, we are going to get definitive. We all agree that MJ was the best Chicago sports figure of all time. But when you get past the obvious names, it gets harder to figure out who the best were. This weekend, I had a heated exchange about who was actually better: Dent v. Pippen. This heated argument led me to a new idea. Sure we can argue about who was better/worse among hall of fame-caliber players, but what about the <em>non-hall of famers</em>? Let the daily games begin. We will take two Chicago sports stars who aren't in their respective hall of fames and pit them against each other. We are going to do this <em>Jeopardy!</em>-style instead of a tournament or ranking. This gives us daily battles. We pit them against each other, you vote. The winner moves on to the next day. Our first match: <strong>Steve Kerr vs. Derrek Lee </strong> <strong><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//gif-test-for-FB-thumbnails.gif"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-15099" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" title="steve kerr ap-beth keiser" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//gif-test-for-FB-thumbnails.gif" alt="" width="125" height="125" /></a>Steve Kerr - </strong>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Kerr" target="_blank">3-point shooting point-guard</a> helped the Bulls win three championships with clutch shooting and strong all around play. He left Chicago to win championships in San Antonio, but we don't count that. This is just Chicago. Kerr never played in an NBA All-Star but did win the 3-point shoot-out in 1997. <strong><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//derrek-lee-ap-Charlie-Neibergall.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-15100" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" title="derrek lee ap-Charlie Neibergall" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//derrek-lee-ap-Charlie-Neibergall.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="125" /></a>Derrek Lee - </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrek_Lee" target="_blank">Lee has been the most productive Cub</a> under coach Lou Pinella. Lee has shown spurts where he plays like a man possessed. Lee is a 2-time all-star and led the NL in batting average in 2005. [poll id="73"]</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/poll-who-was-best-non-hall-fame-chicago-sports-star Richard Dent may be the last Bear with a legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame (present players excluded) http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/richard-dent-may-be-the-last-bear-with-a-legitimate-shot-at-the-hall-of-fame-present-players-excluded/14817 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP8510220281.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14820" title="Bears Packers 1985" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP8510220281.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="337" /></a> With the political news and the Super Bowl dominating the news headlines last weekend, we missed a very big story. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0207-richard-dent-hall-of-fame-bea20100206,0,5643664.story" target="_blank">Former Chicago Bears Defensive End Richard Dent was snubbed once again by the NFL Hall of Fame</a>. But don't compare Richard Dent to Ron Santo. Dent has the goods. He is at the top of almost all applicable stat categories and he brings a Super Bowl XX MVP award to the table. Yet, he has been passed up this year, as the Hall went with Vikings' Defensive Tackle John Randle and Saints' Defensive End Ricky Jackson. So why is the 'Sackman' not getting in? Is it politics? Was Dent disliked by sportswriters? Or maybe, Dent didn't have big enough cheerleaders arguing for him.<!--break--> I talked with former NFL writer Don Pierson. Pierson covered the Bears for years for the Chicago Tribune and also served as the President of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Football_Writers_Association" target="_blank">Pro-Football Writers Association</a>, which is the body that votes. I started the conversation by asking how the NFL Hall voting is different than other sports: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson1.mp3">pierson1</a> So why not Dent? Was he a jerk in the clubhouse? Did he have problems with the media? What is going against Richard Dent? <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson2.mp3">pierson2</a> Another problem might be Dent's age. Many of the newer sports writers weren't around to watch him play. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson3.mp3">pierson3</a> But at the end of the day, are there Dent-haters out there? <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson4.mp3">pierson4</a> It occurred to both of us at the end of the interview that this may very well be the last Chicago Bear to have a chance at the Hall of Fame. He mentioned Jay Hilgenberg and Jim Covert, but both of those players haven't come close to the final cut. After those names, the next two decades witnessed mediocre Chicago Bears' teams and players, none of which have a chance to make the NFL Hall of Fame (current players excluded).‚  Maybe Urlacher will turn a few more seasons into a Hall of Fame career, but did he have as big of an impact as Richard Dent? What do you think? Should Dent be in the Hall of Fame by now?</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/richard-dent-may-be-the-last-bear-with-a-legitimate-shot-at-the-hall-of-fame-present-players-excluded/14817