The fic­tional Hall of Fame rolls on

The Compass - - BASEBALL - Ni­cholas Mercer is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with the Compass. He lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached at nmercer@ cb­n­com­pass.ca

It’s been about a year-anda-half since this sports scribe in­ducted the in­au­gu­ral class of the fic­tional ath­lete Hall of Fame.

Fea­tur­ing world champs, pee­wee league all-stars and the per­haps the best movie driver of all-time, the class tried to touch on some of the icon of sports fic­tional cin­ema.

These guys over­came the odds to win cham­pi­onships and prob­a­bly all got the girl at the end of the film.

For those who don’t know, that in­au­gu­ral class in­cluded:

• Rocky Bal­boa;

• Char­lie Con­way;

• Roy Hobbs;

• Crash Davis;

• Ricky Vaughn;

• Jimmy Chit­wood;

• Reg Dunlop;

• Shane Falco;

•Ricky Bobby; and

• Benny "The Jet" Ro­driguez So, who’s next in line for the hal­lowed in­duc­tion?

Go­ing into the sec­ond class in­duc­tion into The Compass’ fic­tional Hall of Fane, we’ve de­cided to switch things up around here. In the sports movie world, there are char­ac­ters wor­thy of be­ing in­cluded who aren’t scor­ing the big goals.

They’re of­ten guid­ing the ath­letes in hi­lar­i­ous fash­ion or with a ruth­less guile that just grips the viewer.

With that in mind, my­self and the other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee — OK, it’s just me — are adding in wings for man­agers, builders, teams and of­fi­cials.

That opens plenty of pos­si­bil­i­ties to give those who guide or fic­tional sports he­roes to glory. Guys and girls like Rachel Phelps (Ma­jor League), Lou Brown (Ma­jor League), An­nie Savoy (Bull Darham) and oth­ers are all in­te­gral to the suc­cess of any fic­tional ath­lete or team.

Ev­ery­one and any­one in- volved in a sports movie that didn’t ex­ist in real life is on the ta­ble. There are no lim­its. Even present day Dennis Rod­man is in the run­ning, be­cause let’s face it, he’s a car­i­ca­ture of the real Dennis Rod­man

With­out fur­ther adieu, here’s the 2016 class of the fic­tional sports Hall of Fame:

Ath­letes wing

First up is the for­mer pro golfer who turns his game around with the help of a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and makes a run at the U.S. Open ti­tle in dra­matic fash­ion. He barely missed the cut in 2014 and he makes up for it now.

The heart soul of a Cleve­land In­di­ans team that wasn’t sup­posed to amount to much of any­thing get his spot amongst the greats.

He picked up the big hit, got the girl and pulled his team into

the play­offs. • Dorothy "Dot­tie" Hin­son A League of Their Own”

The sec­ond catcher of this class and the first fe­male in­ductee played a piv­otal role in this flick about an all-women pro base­ball league dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Coaches

•Lou Brown "Ma­jor League"

Armed with plenty of mem­o­rable one-lin­ers, a pen­chant for uri­nat­ing on play­ers’ con­tracts and the will to stand naked in front of his owner earns Brown a spot in the hall.

Ma­jor League wouldn’t have been quite the same movie with­out him. • Gor­don Bom­bay "The Mighty Ducks"

The Min­nesota Mir­a­cle Man took a rag tag bunch of pee­weeaged hockey play­ers and turned them into a win­ner. The clas­sic re­demp­tion story, Bom­bay gets in­ducted for his per­se­ver­ance and for teach­ing the triple deke to Char­lie Con­way. Teams

• The Mighty Ducks In the first team in­duc­tion, the orig­i­nal Mighty Ducks gets in first.

We can see teams like the Bad News Bears, the Sand­lot boys or the Lit­tle Gi­ants all get­ting a nod.

But, it’s the orig­i­nal Mighty Ducks who take it here. The for­mer district 9 noth­ings de­feated the for­mi­da­ble Hawks in the fi­nals. That’s good enough for us.

Let us know how you feel about the list. Of­fer sug­ges­tions if you wish, just check the email be­low.

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