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Baseball Writers Elect Remarkable Class of 2015 to the Hall of Fame
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Fanatics Authentic at NFL Hall of Fame Weekend
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2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Certainly One to Remember
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2014 Hall of Fame Weekend to Commemorate Six MLB Icons
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographed Sessions with Fanatics Authentic

Baseball Writers Elect Remarkable Class of 2015 to the Hall of Fame

PedroMartinez_HOFThe ballots have been counted and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has elected yet another incredible class to players to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2015. The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 features class will include two members of the 3,000 Strikeout Club, a member of the elusive 3,000 Hit Club, and a former player that recorded an amazing 300 wins.

Standing just under six feet tall and weighing a around 170 pounds during his glory days, Pedro Martinez served as a living reminder that big things can come in small packages. Throughout his memorable career, Martinez wrote his name in MLB history as one of the most powerful pitchers of all time. Playing with five franchises throughout his 18 seasons in the MLB, Martinez is best remember for spending his prime with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. In addition to winning an astounding three Cy Young Awards in only four years and leading the league in ERA five times, the Hall of Fame’s newest member was a crucial member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that broke the Curse of Bambino and brought Boston its first World Series in over 80 years.

Widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in Major League history Craig Biggio was lifelong member of the Houston Astros and made a career out of making clutch hits while preventing them in the field. The retired infielder holds numerous Astros franchise records, including runs, hits, doubles, and games played. The seven-time All-Star racked up 3,060 hits throughout his career and won four Gold Glove Awards, but his true claim to fame in Houston is bringing the Astros their first ever National League pennant.

JohnSmoltzHOFFew pitchers in baseball history have had as much success on the mound as the legendary John Smoltz. The long-time member of the Atlanta Braves is the only MLB player ever to record over 200 wins and 150 saves. The do-it-all man on the mound headlined the Braves bullpen throughout his tenure in Atlanta and led the franchise to an incredible five National League pennants, as well as a 1995 World Series victory. Throughout his extraordinary 21 seasons in the League, Smoltz was an eight-time All-Star that took home the 1996 National League Cy Young Award and became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club.

When Randy Johnson wasn’t intimidating batters with his commanding 6’10” stature, he was doing it with his trademark fast balls. “The Big Unit” spent three decades playing in the major leagues and earned ten MLB All-Star Game appearances while playing for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. Ranking second all-time in the MLB for strikeouts with 4,875, Johnson is one of just a few pitchers to ever win more than 300 career games. While collecting an outstanding five Cy Young Awards, Randy Johnson wrote history for the Diamondbacks and led Arizona to its first and only World Series Championship.

All of the Baseball’s newest Hall of Fame members took the game to new heights during their playing days and will always be celebrated as some of the most premier athletes of all-time. Congratulate the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and commemorate some of the best MLB players in baseball history forever by shopping the unique selection of 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame memorabilia with each MLB legend’s autograph.

Fanatics Authentic at NFL Hall of Fame Weekend

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From August 1st to 3rd, the National Football League spent three full days of events paying tribute to the sport’s greatest players for the 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival legends of the past and countless football fans together to honor the class of 2014, which includes seven NFL icons: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. Throughout a weekend of events that celebrated the newest addition to the Football Hall of Fame, Fanatics Authentic hosted some of the greatest players from throughout NFL history for a day of autograph signings. With exclusive signings and exciting giveaways, the Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame autograph sessions provided a day to truly remember for fans in attendance.

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Dan Marino autographing a Dolphins jersey

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The most dedicated fans at the event

Jim Kelly signing autographs

Jim Kelly signing autographs

Exclusive Hall of Fame Weekend Plaque

Exclusive Hall of Fame Weekend Plaque

The Fanatics Authentic Booth

The Fanatics Authentic Booth

Thurman Thomas signings a Bills helmet

Thurman Thomas signings a Bills helmet

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Andre Reed Hall of Fame Plaque

Andre Reed Hall of Fame Plaque

Cornelius "Biscuit" Bennett signings autographs

Cornelius “Biscuit” Bennett signings autographs

John Hannah autographing a Pats jersey

John Hannah autographing a Pats jersey

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The Gold Jacket

Lawrence Taylor Giveaway Winner

Lawrence Taylor Giveaway Winner

Dan Fouts autographing photos from his glory days

Dan Fouts autographing photos from his glory days

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Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills Memorabilia

Bruce Smith signing autographs for fans

Bruce Smith signing autographs for fans

Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame Raffle Prize

Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame Raffle Prize

Darryl Talley signing photos

Darryl Talley signing photos

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Certainly One to Remember

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With each fall comes the induction of some of the greatest gridiron heroes the game has ever seen in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The busts of the induction class of 2014 may be some of the greatest of all-time, as several of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history will be enshrined in Canton.

Linebacker, Derrick Brooks has single handedly ruled the state of Florida at all levels of the game. The high school All-American went on to play his college football at Florida State University, where he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and had his number retired by the university. Brooks was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and became the most important player in franchise history. While anchoring the Bucs D, Brooks was named to 11 Pro Bowls and helped Tampa Bay win their first and only Super Bowl.

Former Tennessee State hero, Claude Humphrey was one of the first great defensive lineman the NFL had been lucky enough to see. Said to be the player who molded the careers of Reggie White and Michael Strahan, Humphrey played his football for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The defensive end played in six Pro Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro five times throughout his illustrious career in the NFL.

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Andre Reed is quite possibly the greatest athlete that the city of Buffalo, New York has ever seen. The former Bills superstar wide receiver absolutely dominated the field in the 80’s and 90’s. Andre Reed played 15 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he was named a seven-time Pro Bowler and helped his team reach four consecutive Super Bowls. Reed ranks among the top of the list for nearly every all-time receiving record, like receptions, yards, and touchdowns. The wide out becomes only the eighth Bill in franchise history to be voted in to the Hall, alongside legends Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Jim Kelly.

2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Aeneas Williams was a lockdown defensive back for multiple NFL teams. Originally with Arizona, Williams was named to six Pro Bowls as a Cardinal and his impeccable defense earned him a spot in the franchises ring of honor. The former Southern University star then went on to join the defensive side of St. Louis’ “Greatest Show on Turf” in 2001. As a member of the Rams, Williams was named to two more Pro Bowls, won an NFC Championship, and was honored as a player on the St. Louis 10th Anniversary Team. Aeneas Williams retired from pro football fifth all-time in non-offensive touchdowns.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will see a bit of history in their newest class, as they recently inducted their first ever punter. Raiders great, Ray Guy was named to the 2014 Hall of Fame class, becoming only the second kicker to earn a spot in Canton, and the first player to purely specialized in punting. No punter in the history of the National Football League has put together a career as decorated as that of Ray Guy. The long-time Raider was named to seven Pro Bowls, the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and led the Oakland/Los Angeles franchise to three Super Bowl victories.

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Long-time Seattle Seahawks hero, Walter Jones is the only offensive lineman in the Class of 2014. Jones was as reliable as it got on the Seattle offensive line, starting in 180 NFL games and being named to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. The former Florida State Seminole is best known for protecting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Shaun Alexander during the Seahawks run to Super Bowl XL. Jones had his #71 jersey retired by Seattle and was also named to the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team.

Former New York Giants defensive end, Michael Strahan is arguably the most decorated and deserving player to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Strahan cemented his legacy as one of the greatest New York Giants of all-time with his 141.5 sacks that ranks in the top five in NFL history. The Texas native was a key reason the Giants were one of the most successful teams in the league in the 2000’s and it was only fitting that he retired after New York’s come from behind Super Bowl XLII victory against the previously-undefeated New England Patriots. When it was all said and done, Michael Strahan retired as a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time First-Team All-Pro, and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

 

2014 Hall of Fame Weekend to Commemorate Six MLB Icons

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The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class is arguably one of the greatest of all-time, as the MLB plans to enshrine six legendary players and managers to grace the game. With unparalleled talent that dominated all aspects of the field, the class of 2014 has left a legacy on Major League Baseball history that will be forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as of Sunday, July 27th 2014.

Despite being known as the leader in ejections within the MLB, former Atlanta Braves manager, Bobby Cox, ranks fourth on the all-time wins list among managers. Due to Cox’s strong leadership, the Braves created a baseball dynasty during the 1990’s and 2000’s. Atlanta won their division for an astounding 15 consecutive seasons and took home the 1995 World Series championship, all while under Bobby Cox’s management. After etching his name in baseball history, Bobby Cox’s jersey number 6 was retired by the Atlanta Braves and he was a unanimous selection for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Joining the storied manager, Bobby Cox, in Cooperstown this year is another unforgettable member of the Atlanta Braves; Tom Glavine. The former Braves pitcher consistently dominated the mound during his 22-season Major League career. Despite his short stint with the New York Mets, Glavine is best remembered for his 17 years in Atlanta. The 300 game-winner put up numbers like no other, and Glavine finished his illustrious career with ten MLB All-Star Game selections, two National League Cy Young Awards, and a World Series MVP title. Deservedly so, Tom Glavine was a first ballot Hall of Fame selection in just his first year of eligibility.

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No major league player was more talked about during the 1990’s than Greg Maddux. Pitching megastar, also known as “Mad Dog” Maddox, spent the majority of the career playing for the Chicago Cubs and, ironically, the Atlanta Braves where his play was nothing short of extraordinary. In addition to earning eight MLB All-Star selections, Maddux’s name was solidified in baseball history upon recording the unbelievable feat of winning four consecutive NL Cy Young Awards from 1992 through 1995. He was also a three-time NL wins leader, four-time NL ERA leader, and an 18-time Gold Glove winner. Maddux is one of the few players in Major League history to have their number retired by two different teams and will join the likes of the greatest baseball players ever in the Hall of Fame.

Few managers in baseball history are as talented as Tony La Russa was during his three full decades holding a leadership position in the MLB. No matter what jersey the once remarkable infielder played for, La Russa brought an unmatched level of success to his team. La Russa went on to be named the MLB Manager of the Year title on four different occasions. He also won the award at least once with each of the three different teams he managed for, which includes the White Sox, Athletics, and Cardinals, in addition to winning a World Series in three different decades. La Russa led the dominant Oakland Athletics teams of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, in addition to the St. Louis Cardinals dynasty that made three World Series appearances and took home two title. After a renowned career as both a player and manager, it goes without saying that Tony La Russa was a unanimous selection to the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

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There are few nicknames in baseball history that have been more appropriate than the “Big Hurt”, a title that was given to legendary White Sox slugger, Frank Thomas. Thomas was known for his natural ability to knock a ball out of the park and finished his career with over 520 home runs and 1,700 RBIs. Often regarded as the greatest designated hitter of all-time , Frank Thomas was the 2000 AL Comeback Player of the Year and was a to five-time MLB All-Star selection. Additionally, Thomas earned two consecutive American League MVP honors in 1993 and 1994, which deservedly resulted in his number 35 jersey being retired by the White Sox upon his retirement and his induction in the Hall of Fame.

Although the 2014 class is already manager-focused, the Baseball Hall of Fame will enshrine the fifth most winning leader of all-time with Joe Torre. Torre is credited with recording one of the most eminent careers in MLB history as both a player on the diamond and manager in the dugout. As a catcher for the Braves and Cardinals, Torre was a nine-time All-Star. He then went on to become one of the most successful managers of ever to command the dugout. Torre became an icon in New York as he managed the Yankees to win four World Series championships during their extraordinary dynasty of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Twice designated as the American League Manager of the Year, Joe Torre was deservedly a unanimous selection for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class.

These six baseball heroes are set to join the greatest ever to grace the game with likes of the many legends that came before them. The National Baseball Hall of Fame has never before has a class so diverse and talented on so many different levels. Cooperstown will have the pleasure of hosting one of the most well-rounded and memorable enshrinement ceremonies with the class of 2014.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographed Sessions with Fanatics Authentic

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In honor of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival that will pay tribute to the class of 2014 from August 1st through August 3rd in Canton, Ohio, Fanatics Authentic plans to host several of the inductees for an exclusive autograph signing event. In the midst of a weekend full of events to celebrate the newest additions to the Football Hall of Fame, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will hold a day of autograph sessions on Saturday, August 2nd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grounds.

Fans in attendance of the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival not only get to witness some of the greatest NFL players in football history be esteemed at the highest level, they also have the unique chance to meet these sports legends in person. With a lineup that features many of the players to be honored that weekend, fans also have exclusive access to the first Hall of Fame collectibles to be signed by the inductees. Join Fanatics Authentic for the event of a lifetime to preserve unforgettable football memories and commemorate the unforgettable football career of Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Dan Fouts, Darryl Talley, Jim Kelly, Joe Greene, John Hannah, Lawrence Taylor, Steve Largent, Thurman Thomas, and more.

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Every Hall of Fame athlete on the lineup will be signings exclusive autographs during the event and many offer special inscriptions for an additional fee, giving NFL fans a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to legends of the game. Tickets for autographs and inscriptions can be purchased by calling 866-586-4915 and picked up at will call on the Hall of Fame grounds at 2121 George alas Dr. Canton, Ohio. Every piece of sports memorabilia that is signed at the event will be fully certified authentic and backed by the Fanatics Authentic authenticity guarantee.

See the full Hall of Fame lineup and ticket information at www.FanaticsAuthenticShows.com

 

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