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The First Fanatics Authentic Show of the Year
Baseball Writers Elect Remarkable Class of 2015 to the Hall of Fame

The First Fanatics Authentic Show of the Year

KaepernickFansThe Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular kicked off 2015 with one of its best collectibles shows yet and appearances by more than 70 athletes. On the weekend of March 20th, Fanatics Authentic took up residence at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago to bring sports fans three days of exciting autograph signings and events.

A star-studded lineup brought athletes from across all major professional sports to Chicago to meet with sports fans, sign autographs, and pose for unique photo opportunities. In addition to headliners Joakim Noah, Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, and Hulk Hogan, the Fanatics Authentic show featured a “Salute to Notre Dame, reuniting over 30 former Fighting Irish, as well as a range of prominent athletes, including Heisman Trophy winners Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, and 2015 Hall of Fame inductees Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Jerome Bettis.

Take a behind the scenes look at the action from the 2015 Chicago Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular below:

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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.

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