Needed: A Hall for ‘Gooses’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita I propose we put up a hall to honor the Goose Gossages of the world, all of the vivid characters, the cut-ups and the one-day wonders whose memories liven sports history but whose cold career statistics fail to impress the snooty Hall of Fame voters. Athletes from all sports, all levels, will be eligible. They’ll be judged on whether fans still talk about them fondly years after their retirements. Call our shrine the Hall of Famousness, and just to establish the tone up front, put a bar in the lobby with a big blonde on every other stool. You’ve heard the old saying that a player belongs in the Hall of Fame if you can’t write the history of his sport without mentioning him. Well, try writing the history of baseball without Roger Maris, the history of football without Alan Ameche, or the history of basketball without Dennis Rodman. Yet none of those guys is in a Hall of Fame. Not that Sutter doesn’t deserve his spot in a Hall of Fame that sets out to recognize serious career achievement. But there should also be a place for Gossage that rewards his role as a glowering, brash-talking, pinstripe-wearing icon of the game. If for nothing else, he should get a plaque somewhere just for being called Goose. This week’s news reminds us how badly sports needs another Hall of Fame, a new kind of Hall of Fame to honor an attribute that the stuffy old halls of fame too often overlook. Namely, fame. Bruce Sutter, the relief pitcher who helped to popularize the split-fingered fastball, was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Goose Gossage, the relief pitcher who threw the ball 98 bleeping mph, came up a few dozen ballots short. center_img We’ll consider ’em for the Hall of Famousness. Google “Roger Maris” and you’ll find 330,000 mentions of a man who can’t get into the traditional hall. Google “Tom Seaver” and you’ll get 289,000 mentions for the man who got into the traditional hall with the highest vote percentage ever. So, did Seaver really achieve more fame than Maris? Maybe all of those athletes who dream of being Hall of Famers would have been better off as not-quite-Hall of Famers. The athletes on the cusp, the ones who just miss year after year, seem to inspire more talk. Bobby Thomson, whose shot was heard ’round the world, but not in Cooperstown, is hereby nominated for the Hall of Famousness. And Wally Pipp, who got more famous for not playing than most do for playing. And, of course, Pete Rose, belly on up – we’ve got a horse tip for you. The Hall of Famousness isn’t just for baseball. Football players who leap to our nostalgic mind: Max McGee, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Anthony Davis, Dickie Moegle, Tom Dempsey, Bill Carpenter (The Lonely End). Basketball players: Spencer Haywood, Rudy Tomjanovich, Dick Barnett, Darryl Dawkins, Marvin Barnes, Tree Rollins, Ernie DeGregorio. If you can be identified by one name (Goose, Bucky, Fernando), or an initial (Ernie D.), a sort of plant life (Tree) or a household appliance (Refrigerator), you’re in line for the Hall of Famousness. If your name ever appeared on a high-profile court docket (Curt Flood, as in Flood v. Kuhn, or Denny McLain, as in The People v.), you’re a candidate for the Hall of Famousness. If your name is synonymous with something (Tommy John, as in the surgery), you’re asked to begin preparing a speech for the Hall of Famousness. If you could have been a Hall of Famer but were stopped by injury or tragedy (Tony Conigliaro, Bo Jackson, Len Bias), you’re what we’re looking for at the Hall of Famousness. If you’re better known for your grooming (Joe Pepitone) than your playing, welcome. If you had one huge moment (Gar Heard), greetings. If you had style, made people shut up and watch (Chuck Foreman, David Thompson, Dick Allen, Jack Clark, Andre Dawson), swagger on in here. If people keep quoting you, whether they’re laughing with you or at you (Marvin Barnes), we’re listening. I see A.J. Pierzynzki in the Hall of Famousness someday. If fans somewhere are still cursing your name five years after your retirement, that’s a point in your favor. Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., football’s in Canton, Ohio and basketball’s in Springfield, Mass. – not to mention the various hockey, golf, tennis, bowling, horse racing and motorsports halls of fame – do a fine job of what they mean to do. They preserve in plaques and busts the legacies of dozens of men (and women, in basketball’s case) who had enormous impacts on their games. The trouble is that dozens aren’t enough, and statistics aren’t the only measure of impact. So, a new Hall. Goose Gossage is our first nominee. Further suggestions will be accepted at the bar. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07, FOUR MASTERS 1-08

first_imgNaomh Conaill 0-07 Four Masters 1-08Emlyn Hughes got his competitive managerial term off to a flyer on Good Friday with a 4 point win away to Naomh Conaill.A strong second half from the visitors was key as they held their hosts to 1 point, whilst registering 1-05 on their own scoreboard to take two valuable early league points. Dara Gallagher (2), Conor Mc Daid and Conor Rooney exchanged points in the first 10 minutes to leave the sides on parity.A Michael Doherty 45 pushed Four Masters into the lead but Gallagher again equalised from a free to level matters on 15 minutes.The home side then took the upper hand and points from Brendan McDyre, Anthony Thompson and Martin Regan gave them a 3 point half-time lead at 6 points to 3.Straight from the throw-in Four Masters created a goal chance but Sean O’Kennedy’s shot was saved on the line. Michael Doherty did add 2 further points, one from a free and on 42 minutes Doherty was on hand to punch to the Naomh Conaill net to nudge the visitors into a 2 point lead. Four Masters were now dominating and points from Conor Rooney and Steven Keeney stretched the lead further.Naomh Conaill were finding it difficult to break up the pitch and a Brendan McDyre free on 52 minutes was their first score since the half-time break. A Michael Doherty free was the final act in this deserved win for Four Masters.Four Masters – Paul Durcan, Josh Lacey, Jamie McCrea, Danny McGarrigle, Sean O’Kennedy, Barry Dunnion, Conor Rooney (0-01), Barry Monaghan, Kevin McBrearty, Luke Keaney, Shane Carr, Ryan Earley, Dylan Ward, Michael Doherty (1-05), Conor McDaid (0-01). Subs used – Steven Keeney (0-01), Peadar Espey, Ryan O’Donnell, Barry Farragher, Darren Walsh.Reserve Kilcar 1-04, Four Masters 2-11Mickey Martin lead his charges into battle for the first time in Towney on Easter Sunday and returned with 2 good away points. Last years Reserve County Finalists were out of the blocks quickly in this one with scores from Peader Espey, Ciaran Cassidy and Benny Cassidy. The visitors lead by 1-09 to 1-01 at half-time with Cassidy getting the goal. Peadar Espey finished the game on 7 points and was combining well with his half-forward colleagues to extend the Four Masters lead further. Ciaran Cassidy also added to his tally and the game was finished as a contest when Benny Cassidy slotted home his second goal. Henry Duignan pointed from full-forward to close out the scoring and complete a good Easter weekend for the Donegal town men.Four Masters – Sean Martin, Damien Cassidy, Barry Farragher, Enda Bonner, John Boyle, Darren Walsh, Pauric Harvey, Charl;ie Gallagher, Ciaran Cassidy (0-02), Gareth Britton, Peadar Espey (0-07), Stephen Graham, Ciaran Cornyn, Henry Duignan, Benny Cassidy. Subs used – Conor O’Donnell, Barry O’Donnell, Gary McGinty, Darragh Doogan & Jason Duignan.GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07, FOUR MASTERS 1-08 was last modified: April 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOUR MASTERS 1-08GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07last_img read more