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Old 06-02-04, 02:15 PM
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Shortest turnaround from retirement to the hall of fame?

I was just reading in this week's Sporting News that Ray Bourque will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week, just three years since his retirement. I thought that was a pretty quick turnaround. In all of the major sports, have there been quicker turnarounds?

Forgive me if there are some glaringly obvious names. I don't follow sports religiously (unless its University of Richmond basketball). Maybe three or less years isn't all that uncommon. I'm a total music geek and to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you are eligible 25 years after your first recording. (Granted that takes into account cultural impact rather than big stats in the sports world)
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Baseball has a 5 year minimum wait after retirement. So does pro football.
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IIRC, the NHL didn't waste any time w/ Gretzky - they made an exemption for him a few years ago.

Since Roberto Clemente died suddenly, he was immediately put on the first ballot following his death and was voted in. Same goes for the Iron Horse.
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Pete Rose?
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Super Mario got inducted soon after his retirement... heck he's even still playing.
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Old 06-02-04, 04:13 PM
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The NHL allows exceptions to the 5-year rule for remarkable players. Like Gretzky and Lemieux.

The MLB allows an exception if the player dies. So that's why Darryl Kile got on the first ballot after his death and why Clemente did as well.

I'm not sure about any exemption provisions in the NFL or NBA.
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the nhl rule is only 3 years not 5.

guy la fluer came out of retriement to play after he was put into the hall.

and what is the iron horse?
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Originally posted by whotony
and who is the iron horse?
Gehrig
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The guy who coached Pittsburgh to 2 Stanley Cups was promptly elected after he died. I think his name was Bob Johnson. That's got to be the shortest time.
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Originally posted by cleaver
The guy who coached Pittsburgh to 2 Stanley Cups was promptly elected after he died. I think his name was Bob Johnson. That's got to be the shortest time.
Actually "Badger" Bob Johnson only coached the penguins to their first cup in 91 in his first year with the team. Early during the next season (when they won their second cup) he developed a brain tumor, and was replaced by Scotty Bowman. Johnson died in November 1991, just a couple of months after the tumor was discovered. I guess he did coach the Penguins during the season of their second cup run, but it was only briefly, and Bowman is credited by the NHL as being their coach that season. Johnson also coached the Calgary Flames back in the 80s, taking them to the finals in 86. He was a great coach that just loved the game, as his famous quote shows, "It's a great day for hockey"
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Didn't MLB make some kind of exemption for Kirby Puckett? I don't recall him waiting 5 years.
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Originally posted by Meatpants
Didn't MLB make some kind of exemption for Kirby Puckett? I don't recall him waiting 5 years.
no, he waited the mandatory period.
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