National Baseball Hall of Fame

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    November 17, 2014

    Astros Contemplating Ball Park Changes

    The Astros announced a couple of weeks ago that they're considering possible changes to Minute Maid Park. Changes such as finally bulldozing that monstrosity known as Tal's Hill, providing more high-end food options, and moving the bullpens. And there's also a discussion about starting an Astros Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Keith Olbermann Eviscerates The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour

    If there is one silver lining to all of the bad news that's enveloped the NFL, jacked the 24 hour news cycle, and smothered our Twitter feeds over the last couple weeks, it's that the Derek Jeter slurp-fest we all assumed ESPN would be conducting as the Yankee shortstop's career winds down this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    10 Songs We'd Like to Hear at Astros Games This Season

    Last year's Houston Astros were beyond bad, the second-worst season ever by a franchise n Major League Baseball's recorded history. That should give you this blog's frame of reference, which will be long on hope and short on snark. If you want to read a bunch of shitty comments about how bad the tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and the Moral Scolds of the Baseball Hall of Fame

    I've been to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. It's a nice place, tucked in the middle of a small, picturesque town in a hard-to-get-to part of New York. You can get lost for hours in the museum, looking at the artifacts of the game's past, being amazed at how the game's grown, mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    UPDATED: Craig Biggio NOT Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Updated: Biggio became the first player to miss the Hall of Fame by a single vote. Original Post: One of the greatest and most beloved Astros, Craig Biggio, was NOT elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame again today, the first lifer Astro to make the Hall. Biggio got close in 2013, a year the Hall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: The One Hit Wonders

    When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Proclamation and a Playlist: I Hate Grocery Shopping

    Photo by BPhotography_Welcome to my nightmare.The list of things I'd prefer to do instead of grocery shopping is long and ends with stuff like "moonwalk naked over hot coals" and "chew pink fiberglass-flavored Bubblicious." My son, the social conscience of our family, never fails to remind how luc ... More >>

  • Film

    April 11, 2013

    42: The Brooklyn Museum

    42 almost makes a flesh-and-blood man of its hero.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    One Man's Baseball Bucket List

    The thought of baseball season is depressing for some people, primarily because the Astros are going to be so damn bad. But that doesn't bother me. I'm a baseball addict, and while the Astros will be bad, it's not really going to matter because I'll be watching baseball -- and thanks to Comcast Spor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Jeff Bagwell Selling House for $15M, Includes Saltwater Pool, Wine Vault, Fitness Center, Putting Green

    The only news lately for former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell is that he didn't get selected for the Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. There has been a lot of talk that the reason he wasn't selected was due to rumors of PED use mainly due to his associations with Ken Caminitti and other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Angry Bagwell, Biggio Didn't Make Hall? Blame the Houston Chronicle For Not Doing Its Job

    So you're angry about Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. You cannot understand how a guy with 3000 hits cannot be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the very first ballot. It pisses you off that Jeff Bagwell, one of the statistically greatest first baseman to ever play the game, was rejected once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Now Houston Baseball Fans Know What It's Like to Hate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Before I became enamored of rock stars, rock journalists, punk rockers, metal mavens, or DJs, the first idols in my life were Houston Astros players, namely Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and the late Ken Caminiti. So on Wednesday, when the Baseball Hall of Fame failed to induct Biggio or Bagwell, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Jonathan Singleton, Top Astros Prospect, Suspended 50 Games for Smoking Weed

    Yesterday, the Baseball Writers Association of America left two former Astros off the Hall of Fame ballot, at least one in Jeff Bagwell because of suspicions he may have used steroids thanks to the era in which he played and former teammates like Ken Caminiti and Luis Gonzalez. For one current Astro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    These Old AQUA VELVA Commercials Alone Should Get Pete Rose Into The Hall Of Fame (w/ VIDEO)

    Major League Baseball decided to delay announcing the 2013 Hall of Fame induction class until Wednesday this week so as not to have the news buried by coverage of the historic clash between Alabama and Notre Dame for the BCS title. For Major League Baseball, it's a refreshing dose of self awareness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Bagwell, Biggio Don't Make HOF, but Neither Do Any Other Players

    As expected, the most dynamic duo of players in the history of the Astros franchise, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, were shut out of the Hall of Fame voting, Bagwell for the second consecutive year. But, Bagwell and Biggio are in good company because no one on the nominating ballot made it in. Nobod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Roger Clemens Close to Deal to Work with Astros Pitchers in 2013

    Former Astros (and Skeeters) pitcher Roger Clemens is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Astros to be a part of the organization in a yet to be determined capacity. According to a report in on, Clemens will meet with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday to discuss his role with the te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Guy V. Lewis Back on the Basketball Hall of Fame Ballot. It's Time He Was Inducted Once and For All

    There has been a lot of talk about various halls of fame this week with the retirement of Ray Lewis, the baseball Hall of Fame inductions to be announced on Wednesday and now word that, for the first time in five years, legendary University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis will return to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Why Is Ray Lewis Worshipped and Barry Bonds Vilified?

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced last week that he was retiring from football. ESPN immediately signed him to a contract to become one of their analysts on their nearly unwatchable pre and post-game shows. Commentators, many of whom appear to have never seen Lawrence Taylor play, stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Straw Polling of MLB Hall Of Fame Voters Is (Sort Of) Good News For Craig Biggio And Jeff Bagwell

    As potential Hall of Fame classes go across all sports, I'm not sure that one city has more invested emotionally right now than the city of Houston does in balloting for next year's induction class into the Baseball Hall of Fame. First baseman Jeff Bagwell is on the ballot for the third time, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    2012: The Year In Zapruder, A Recap Of My Detailed Video Recaps

    I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line in 2012, the Zapruder-style analysis of viral videos became my thing. Much like you'd go to Clay Travis on SEC football or to Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback for the weekend that was in the NFL, when you the reader needed hardcore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Suspicious Minds: Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame Induction in Doubt Due to Steroids

    Baseball Hall of Fame voting brings out the stupid in many people, especially those people charged with casting the ballots. Amid cries of cheating and ruining the integrity of the game, a loud minority of the voters have made it clear they will never vote for any player who took PEDs. There are a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Houston's Bearded, Bald, Vegan, Hipster Athletes Getting National Attention

    It ain't easy being a Houston athlete. Despite being the fourth largest city in America, we haven't exactly had a tradition of winning sports teams. The Rockets made big runs in the early and mid '80s before breaking through and winning back-to-back titles in the early '90s. Still, they haven't been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    6 Thoughts on Tim Tebow's Lifetime Membership in the Museum of Sex

    This past summer, my employer was kind enough to give me a few extra days off around the Fourth of July. Rather than go on an exotic journey somewhere far less humid than Houston, I opted to stay in Houston to relax and experience a few of the Houston landmarks I'd yet to see in my twelve years here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Roger Clemens Comeback Tour Continues

    Roger Clemens claims he's not coming back to major league baseball this season. I don't think anybody really believes Clemens when he says he's not coming back to the majors, otherwise, this whole thing doesn't make sense. If he's not coming back, then why else go through the motions of getting ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Contessa Andrea Von Schmidt, Dwayne Gator Liggins: It's the Quarterly Strange (Accused) Criminal Name Report

    As we head into what passes for fall down here, it's high time we came up with another list of the strangest, funniest and most awesome names to pass through the Harris County Criminal Justice Center over the last few months. (Or years. We stumbled on some older ones.) As always, some of these peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    Roger Clemens Impressive In Start With Sugar Land Skeeters, What's Next?

    If you build it, they will come. And if you start a 50-year-old, multiple Cy Young award-winning World Series champion, who has been in the headlines fighting doping and perjury allegations, they will pay more money to come, buy more merchandise, and cheer more loudly. Oh, and ESPN will be there, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Owls Coach Wayne Graham Reflects On His Career, Baseball and Lance Berkman

    Rice Owls head coach Wayne Graham has been a college baseball coach since 1981. He coached San Jacinto from 1981 through 1991, then he took over the Rice program. In all of that time, he's never had a losing record. He was a five-time national coach of the year while heading up the San Jac squad, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Roger Clemens, Steroids, and the Baseball Morality Police

    There are still a lot of people upset about last week's Roger Clemens verdict. Sure, most of the people appear to be sportswriters and not actual tax-paying citizens, but that's beside the point. Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal and his baseball-reporting pals see the whole thing as a travesty of justice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    The All-Time Ultimate Astros Roster

    The Astros are celebrating their 50th season in major league baseball this year. The team's going to be rolling out the throwback uniforms on Friday nights, and they'll probably find other ways to celebrate their history before making a new start of it in the American League next season. I thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    For St. Patrick's Day: 10 Notable Irish Texans

    This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades. As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world. Like these ten: 10. Matthew McConaughey His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Astros Broadcaster Milo Hamilton To Retire, Finally

    So long, Milo​Milo Hamilton's announcing his retirement today. It's a day I never thought would come, and the only thing I'm upset about is that he'll still do the games this season. I've never understand his appeal to listeners. Then again, I grew up with Gene Elston as the voice of the As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Celebrating Women in Baseball While Forgetting Anita Martini

    The Hall's Women in Baseball Exhibit ignores a very important woman.​While on the Houston Aeros beat a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to Binghamton, New York, for the Calder Cup Finals. There's not much to Binghamton, but about an hour and a half away, nestled amongst a beauti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    For Friday the 13th: Five of the Unluckiest Texans Ever

    Investors held on too long.​Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck. You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Idol Beat: I Do Not Like That

    ​Only nine hopefuls remain in this, the 10th season of American Idol (AKA the Greatest Talent Competition Since the Battle of the Bands at San Dimas High School). It's time to separare the wheat from the chaff, the post-adolescents from the mere adolescents, those who are "in it to win it" fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Milo the Drink: Five Things to Expect, If You Know Milo Hamilton

    Now you can drink the essence of Milo​A friend of the blog took this photo of an amazing drink called Milo. It's popular in Australia, Wiki tells us, but here in Houston -- home of Houston Astro play-by-play legend Milo Hamilton -- it seems especially apt. We've never tasted the stuff, but j ... More >>

  • News

    January 13, 2011

    Facebook v. Leaky Boob

    Houston mom in a FB face-off.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Suspecting Jeff Bagwell

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Strange Vendetta Against Jeff Bagwell

    Should make the Hall of Fame today​Back when I was in law school, I was taught a basic strategy for handling a trial, or any type of legal argument. If you have the facts in your favor, but not the law, argue the facts. If you have the law in your favor, but not the facts, argue the law. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    One Man's Votes For The Baseball Hall of Fame

    The best second baseman of the `90s​The latest class to the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced tomorrow. This is a special year for all Astros fans as this is the first year that Jeff Bagwell is on the ballot. There's a lot of talk among the voters (and non-voters) about Bagwell this se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Celebrities This Decade Who Crashed and Burned with Video Evidence

    And a partridge in a pear tree...​Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Lance Berkman & Roy O: Don't Retire Their Numbers, Drayton

    JR Richard: Here's one number that should be retired​With the trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman last week, the talk has started about whether the Astros should consider retiring their numbers once they retire. Now as much as I like to the honor the history of baseball and some of the great te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's Top Ten Sports Moments: Another View

    The bosses came out their Top 10 Greatest Houston Sports Moments today, so I thought I would share mine.1. September 25, 1986: The magic number for the Houston Astros to clinch the NL West is one game. The Astros are playing a midweek day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team that just ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2010

    "Rain or Shine: How Houston Developed Space City Baseball"

    The Heritage Society of Houston finds the sweet spot

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Rickey, Jose, the Hall of Fame, and Me

    The string is unbroken. In the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame, no player has ever been elected unanimously. Not Babe Ruth. Not Nolan Ryan. Not Cal Ripken. Not Tony Gwynn. Not Rickey Henderson. The closest to achieving this elusive milestone was Tom Seaver who got 98.84 percent of the vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Clemens Investigated by Grand Jury

    I was really looking forward to writing a post today. I was going to write about the wacky greatness of Rickey Henderson - I hope Rickey gives his entire induction speech in the third person - and I was going to write about how I don't consider Jim Rice to be worthy of the Hall of Fame, not more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    The Best Houston Astros Home Grown and Acquired Rosters of All Time

    So I was fooling around on the interwebs yesterday, and between the launch of the MLB Network, the naming today of the new class for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the coming of spring training, I was in a bit of a baseball mood. And I came across this blog detailing the All-Time Rosters for variou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Sports Moments of 2008

    10. Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 to become the first woman to win a major (NASCAR, Indy, Formula One) auto race. 9. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine won his 300th game, then retired at the end of the season, to just about cement his selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame in five ye ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Films at Discovery Green

    Clips and short films from the National Baseball Hall of Fame show Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and other greats on the big screen

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