New Blog Post: Is _________ a Hall of Famer?
(August 24, 2011) A recent column by George Vecsey of the New York Times and the comments it provoked caught me thinking about what makes a Hall of Famer and, more importantly, how it is decided. Here are some thoughts as you review your election/selection policies.
I advocate for a wide pool of electors/selectors. There is wisdom to the large group. A small group can too easily become subject to self-reinforcing “group think” that can lead to controversial and/or questionable decisions.
Questions like the one Vecsey raises about Roger Maris’ place in the Baseball Hall of Fame will always exist around who is in and who is not at any Hall of Fame. Often there is a large pool of no brainers – most are clearly in or clearly out. It is the remaining relatively small number of potential Hall of Famers that provides for questions, comments, and concerns. I believe the greater the collective judgment involved in deciding that question, the smarter the decision will be.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. Jack served the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum as Director of Museum and Archives for 9-1/2 years after more than 10 years as a volunteer. More information is available at the firm’s web site. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518/852-3033.
Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association, whose Annual Conference, “Survive AND Thrive,” will be held on October 12 – 14, 2011 at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in Oakville, Ontario.