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January 17, 1988 | THOMAS BOSWELL, The Washington Post
The responsibilities of democracy are heavy. Voting, while a privilege, is still more a job than a pleasure. Especially when you're voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. All my life I've enjoyed berating the thousand-or-so dolts who vote for Cooperstown. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. And it pinches. My Hall of Fame ballot came in the mail last month. Due back by Dec. 31. Seems I've been in the Baseball Writers of America so long I'm now eligible to vote.
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March 6, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football stars Tony Boselli, Mark Carrier and Keyshawn Johnson are among players on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. The three are among 75 players and six coaches from major college programs on the ballot. The 2014 class will be announced in May. Boselli, an offensive tackle, won All-America recognition in 1992 and 1994. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second pick in the 1995 NFL draft. Carrier also was a two-time All-American and won the Thorpe Award as college football's top defensive back in 1989.
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September 2, 1989
Ross Newhan reminds us that his hands are tied because on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot, it says that "character and integrity" must be taken into account also. Another sports reporter from the New York Times indicated that "character and integrity" applied to the player on the field and not off the field. I happen to agree. All of a sudden, performance takes a back seat. Rather than sit back and condemn Pete Rose, we should truly feel sorry for him. He may very well be a victim of circumstances.
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November 26, 2013 | Wire reports
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL most valuable player Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
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March 4, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE
The four jockeys who finished behind Pat Day in voting a year ago, plus American-British standout Steve Cauthen, are on the ballot for this year's Racing Hall of Fame election. Pat Day was voted into the Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last year in a ballot that also included Don Brumfield, Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley and Jacinto Vasquez. Trainers on this year's ballot include Jimmy Croll, Tommy Kelly, Willard Proctor, Buddy Raines and Scotty Schulhofer.
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May 15, 1993
I stopped taking Jim Murray seriously when I grew up, but his May 11 column cannot go without a response. In yet another dishonest defense of a dishonest man, Pete Rose, Murray says Charlie Hustler--uh, Hustle--was denied due process. Fact: Rose filed an illegal and fraudulent lawsuit against Commissioner Bart Giamatti, not the other way around. It was filed in a Cincinnati court, where the judge issued a temporary restraining order, which even the Cincinnati media called "a home-court decision."
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December 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
Steve Carlton, who won 329 games during his 24-year career, is one of 18 former major leaguers making their debut on the 1994 Hall of Fame ballot. With a 329-244 record, he is one of three 300-game winners on the ballot. The others are Phil Niekro (318-274), a holdover candidate, and Don Sutton (324-256), also a newcomer to the ballot. Results of the balloting, done by 10-year Baseball Writers Assn. of America members, will be announced Jan. 12.
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February 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Wayne Lukas, jockey Russell Baze, 1992 horse of the year A.P. Indy and three exceptional fillies are on this year's Racing Hall of Fame ballot. Results of voting by 130 turf writers, broadcasters and racing historians in five categories will be announced in Louisville the last week of April, a few days before the Kentucky Derby. The two other trainers on the ballot--Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale--are also California based. All three made the ballot in the first year of eligibility.
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December 6, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin knows some people he doesn't want joining him in Cooperstown. Drug cheats. “I think if you cheated, no, you don't deserve it because I know how difficult it was for me to get there and how difficult it was for me just to compete on an everyday basis,” Larkin told the Associated Press. “I think if you cheated I think you made a decision and I don't think you belong.” This year's Hall of Fame ballot, results of which will be announced next month, feature three symbols of the steroid era: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.
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April 1, 2004 | Robyn Norwood
Monday could be an amazing day in Jim Calhoun's life. That morning, he'll find out if he has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. That night, his Connecticut team might be playing for the national championship. The thought of such an extraordinary double left Calhoun with a goofy sort of fingers-crossed, embarrassment-of-riches expression when somebody mentioned it as he stood on the court after his Huskies crushed Alabama to reach the Final Four.
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November 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
What if the Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony and no one came? That was painfully close to the truth last July, after the Baseball Writers Assn. of America rejected all the players presented for election. There were three inductees, selected by a separate committee to represent the pre-integration era, but each of those inductees had been dead for at least 74 years. When induction day arrived, the Hall of Fame generously estimated the crowd at 2,000 -- about one-tenth the usual number.
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December 6, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin knows some people he doesn't want joining him in Cooperstown. Drug cheats. “I think if you cheated, no, you don't deserve it because I know how difficult it was for me to get there and how difficult it was for me just to compete on an everyday basis,” Larkin told the Associated Press. “I think if you cheated I think you made a decision and I don't think you belong.” This year's Hall of Fame ballot, results of which will be announced next month, feature three symbols of the steroid era: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.
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November 30, 2010 | Wire reports
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees haven't held contract talks in more than a week and the shortstop's agent has yet to make a formal proposal, according to a baseball executive familiar with the negotiations. Jeter, agent Casey Close and Yankees officials met in Tampa, Fla., about two weeks ago to start discussions. At that time, without making any proposals, Close suggested Jeter was seeking a deal averaging about $25 million for six years, the executive said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Jeter's side has publicly disclosed details of their discussions.
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April 1, 2004 | Robyn Norwood
Monday could be an amazing day in Jim Calhoun's life. That morning, he'll find out if he has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. That night, his Connecticut team might be playing for the national championship. The thought of such an extraordinary double left Calhoun with a goofy sort of fingers-crossed, embarrassment-of-riches expression when somebody mentioned it as he stood on the court after his Huskies crushed Alabama to reach the Final Four.
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December 8, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
Ron Rapoport in the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Chinese are taking their bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics seriously. The China Daily says the government is giving itself two years to bring its, um, unpleasant public toilets up to a higher standard. "The new models will be ranked with one to four stars, with those on the high end featuring granite floors, automatic flush, 'lively music' and lots of other good stuff." Don't ask about the single-star models.
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February 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Wayne Lukas, jockey Russell Baze, 1992 horse of the year A.P. Indy and three exceptional fillies are on this year's Racing Hall of Fame ballot. Results of voting by 130 turf writers, broadcasters and racing historians in five categories will be announced in Louisville the last week of April, a few days before the Kentucky Derby. The two other trainers on the ballot--Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale--are also California based. All three made the ballot in the first year of eligibility.
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December 25, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. O.K., St. Nick, you red-nosed old fraud, here's what you do for the world of sports if you're making a list and checking it twice: --Give Magic Johnson the ball and an an open shot at the top of the key with the buzzer going off and the championship on the line against the Celtics. --Give Bo Jackson the ball and a step on the outside linebacker in the Super Bowl.
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December 8, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
Ron Rapoport in the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Chinese are taking their bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics seriously. The China Daily says the government is giving itself two years to bring its, um, unpleasant public toilets up to a higher standard. "The new models will be ranked with one to four stars, with those on the high end featuring granite floors, automatic flush, 'lively music' and lots of other good stuff." Don't ask about the single-star models.
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April 2, 1995 | Bill Christine
The Racing Hall of Fame ballot came in the mail this week, without Winning Colors' name on it. Maybe the real ballot will be arriving soon. Otherwise, this is somebody's idea of an early April Fool's joke. Gary Stevens didn't make the ballot, either, in his first year of eligibility. Perhaps there's a bias that's linked to the 1988 Kentucky Derby. Stevens rode Winning Colors to victory in the race that year, and since 1979 his mounts have earned close to $120 million.
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November 6, 1994 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic and a member of the Rock Hall of Fame's nominating committee
There's a logjam at the entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the first time in the foundation's 10-year history, there are more deserving artists--including Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Neil Young--on the Hall of Fame ballot than can be inducted under the rules. On one hand, that's good news. The hall's voting process has often been criticized for turning to secondary artists--such as the Four Seasons and the Platters--to fill the annual quota of seven. Why?
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