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ESPN The Magazine Debuts “Hall of Fame” Issue, On Newsstands Today


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For more on The Mag’s Hall of Fame Issue, check out ESPN’s Front Row:

What makes a Hall of Famer? From Bonds to Brees, Clemens to CP3, ESPN The Magazine’s first-ever “Hall of Fame” issue provides definitive answers to the ultimate question.

Coming of age in the hardscrabble blogosphere, The Mag’s initial venture into a Hall of Fame-centric issue is peaking during the height of the debate era when the legacy of baseball achievers was tarnished by steroids, reputations of basketball’s hall’ers are threatened by new metrics, and the aerial assault of the NFL confused great QBs with the merely prolific.

The issue’s features are outlined in the following five chapters:  (1) “The Judgment,” (2) “The Vote,” (3) “The Replacements,” (4) “The Enshrinement,” and (5) “The Mystique.”

Hall of Fame Issue Features:

Eli: An Absolute Possibility

King of clutch or the world’s luckiest football player? The endless debate over whether Eli Manning belongs in Canton depends on how you measure a great quarterback. By Seth Wickersham

Hall of 100

Forget the most contentious Cooperstown vote ever. The Mag’s Steve Wulf introduces the Hall of 100 — a definitive Hall, ranking the best of all time, 1 to 100.

A Trip to the Threshing Floor

Michael Irvin was the outlaw Cowboy. A speech rewrote his legacy. This is the spiritual journey that led the Dallas Cowboys star to his famous Hall of Fame acceptance speech. By Eli Saslow

Pick Sixteen

Which current NFL star will be inducted into the Hall? One anonymous voter gives his first-ballot locks, eventual enshrinees and more.

Just Say Yes



After 50 years of rampant drug use in baseball, now we put our foot down? Really? Time for baseball voters to let the steroids argument rest. By Buster Olney

Olney shares his thoughts about why he is voting for Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa in the Hall of Fame on The Mag’s weekly podcast with Editor in Chief Chad Millman:

Additional Highlights:

  • MLB: Voter Confidential The Mag asked 48 anonymous voters how they would cast their vote on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot. According to the voters polled, Barry Bonds does not appear to be a first-ballot selection, and voters weren’t sure they would ever let him in. Roger Clemens didn’t fare much better, and according to voters, Sammy Sosa may never get in. Meanwhile, more than half of those polled said they would vote for Pete Rose if they were able to.
  • MLB: In 3,000 Hits. Three Bats. One enduring mystery, Kevin Guilfoile tells the story of the search for Roberto Clemente’s real Hall of Fame bat.
  • CFB: Does a coach’s wife trump his wins? In “Home-Life Advantage” The Mag’s Ryan McGee discusses the unspoken truth among programs looking for a new coach: the man needs a wife. One who smiles the right way and doesn’t say the wrong thing.
  • Trending: The Mag maps out its annual Holiday Gift Guide including a choice selection of must-have items for friends and family this holiday season!

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