Archive for Hall of fame

Earl Weaver on Optimism

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who died in 2013, was one of the nicest guys I ever knew. His public image was that of a tempermental curmudgeon, but he was a softie at heart.

One thing we definitely shared was an optimistic spirit towards life. Earl never gave up, even when his teams seemed to be impossibly behind. He encouraged others to persevere. Weaver was not only a baseball Hall of Famer, but one of life’s hall of famers as well.

The last time I saw Earl was at a 2009 dinner in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which was held in the gallery. Earl suggested posing in front of the plaque of Larry Doby, another guy with a zest for life. I’m happy that we got the chance.

Baseball was lucky to have a passionate guy like The Earl of Baltimore. We need more of his type of manager around. Thanks Earl.

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Walt Disney’s Hall of Fame life

Walt Disney is – arguably – one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. He certainly ranks high on the list of pop culture icons.

Before and after his passing in 1966, Mr. Disney was honored by several organizations with inclusion in their Hall of Fame. image

He deserves the title of Hall of Famer many times over, no doubt, but not just for his incredible body of work. Mr. Disney is in life’s Hall of Fame solely because he acts as an inspiration for anyone who’s ever been told “no” or that their dreams are impossible to reach.

At several crucial points in his life, Walt Disney encountered barriers and obstacles that would have defeated a lesser person.

Here are just a few:

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