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Sports Hall of Fame – 7th Class

So Much Sports is once again thrilled to announce our latest Sports Hall of Fame induction class. This is the seventh class to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and happens to be the largest induction class in the Hall of Fame’s history thus far. 2017 also marks the final year where there will be two regular induction classes. When the Hall of Fame first opened, the idea was to honor only the very best of the best athletes. Now, the Hall is filling up and will move to a once a year format for its normal induction class. However, So Much Sports is also proud to announce that the winter induction date will be used to fill induction into a new international wing of the Hall of Fame. It’s easy to rattle off names of top American sports stars, but this is supposed to be a place where the absolute best of the best are enshrined, honored and remembered. The new international wing will make it easier for great athletes who may be lesser-known in the American sports world but are still the very best of the best in their fields.

But this induction class is not about the international wing that will be opening this winter. This induction class was about guys getting in who were long over-due. It was almost like the voters could not decide which hockey star would get in after Wayne Gretzky was inducted in the very first class. Now, four more hockey players will join him. There were baseball, football, tennis, boxing and Olympic legends who just missed out for some other all-time greats, but now they are in. Some of the greatest college coaches in history and two legendary baseball managers finally are in. Even for contributors, there were some long overdue inducted. This entire class features athletes who have been on the cusp since the very first Hall of Fame vote. Now, they all have their rightful place in the So Much Sports Sports Hall of Fame.

Athletes

Arthur Ashe – Tennis – 7th induction class

Roberto Clemente – Baseball – 7th induction class

Ty Cobb – Baseball – 7th induction class

Gordie Howe – Hockey – 7th induction class

Mario Lemieux – Hockey – 7th induction class

Joe Louis – Boxing – 7th induction class

Mickey Mantle – Baseball – 7th induction class

Bobby Orr – Hockey – 7th induction class

Walter Payton – Football – 7th induction class

Patrick Roy – Hockey – 7th induction class

Mark Spitz – Swimming – 7th induction class

Lawrence Taylor – Football – 7th induction class

Coaches

Bear Bryant – College Football – 7th induction class

Bobby Knight – College Basketball – 7th induction class

Connie Mack – Baseball – 7th induction class

Dean Smith – College Basketball – 7th induction class

Casey Stengel – Baseball – 7th induction class

Contributors

Bruce Lee – Martial Arts – 7th induction class

The Team of Madden & Summerall – Football – 7th induction class

George Steinbrenner – Baseball – 7th induction class

 

 

To view the entire Hall of Fame and all of the members visit the Sports Hall of Fame page.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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