Hall plaques start­ing to find homes

DAC, col­leges are lo­cales show­cas­ing in­ductees; Lions to dis­play soon

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY TONY PAUL The Detroit News

Detroit — There is no sig­nif­i­cant progress to re­port in the Michi­gan Sports Hall of Fame’s long search for a per­ma­nent home.

But the Hall’s in­ductee plaques — about 270 in all — are slowly tak­ing up res­i­dence in lo­ca­tions through­out Detroit, with the goal of spread­ing them through­out the state in the com­ing weeks and months.

Nearly 30 of the plaques have found tem­po­rary homes, at Detroit Mercy, Wayne State and the Detroit Ath­letic Club, with 33 more set to be dis­played within the next few weeks at Ford Field, said Jor­dan Field, a mem­ber of the Hall of Fame’s board.

Un­til the re­lo­ca­tion project started two years ago, the plaques had been stored un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously in an area ware­house.

“(It) con­tin­ues to be a work in progress,” said Field, who works in the Tigers’ front of­fice.

The Hall of Fame will in­duct at least six more mem­bers tonight at The Max M. Fisher Mu­sic Cen­ter, among them Jon Jansen, Greg Kampe, Jim Ley­land,

An­dre Rison, Jalen Rose and Mitch Al­bom. Hall of­fi­cials haven’t heard from ex-Pis­tons Bad Boy Den­nis Rod­man, so he’s not ex­pected to at­tend. He’ll have un­til 2018 to ac­cept his in­duc­tion. Also un­able to at­tend is Dean Look, a Lans­ing na­tive and for­mer foot­ball and base­ball player and NFL ref­eree. He will go in with the 2018 class in­stead.

Doors open for tonight’s cer­e­mony at 6, with the in­duc­tions start­ing at 7. Tick­ets re­main and run from $25 to $225.

The Hall of Fame’s plaque re­lo­ca­tion project be­gan as a board ini­tia­tive in late 2015, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jim Stark.

The first plaque to be “loaned” out — the Hall owns the plaques, and the in­ter­ested hosts are “leas­ing” them for nom­i­nal fees — was Spencer Hay­wood’s, placed at Detroit Mercy’s Cal­i­han Hall in Jan­uary 2016.

Since then, Wayne State has leased some, in­clud­ing Ernie Har­well’s, which is placed at new Har­well Field on cam­pus, and the Detroit Ath­letic Club, which has set up a shrine on its sev­enth floor. Among the plaques at the DAC in­clude Ty Cobb, Field­ing Yost, Sam Craw­ford, Henry Ford, Dave Bing, Wal­ter Ha­gen and Bill Laim­beer, among sev­eral oth­ers.

“It fits in re­ally well,” said board mem­ber Matt Fried­man, speak­ing of the DAC dis­play.

Field said the Hall of Fame is in dis­cus­sion with the Pis­tons, Tigers, Red Wings, Oak­land Hills Coun­try Club, East­ern Michi­gan and Cen­tral Michi­gan about op­por­tu­ni­ties to have plaques dis­played in their lo­cales.

Cour­tesy of the Michi­gan Sports Hall of Fame

Tigers great Alan Tram­mell, cen­ter was among those play­ing trib­ute to Ernie Har­well at Wayne State’s new Har­well Field, where the Tigers broad­caster’s plaque for the Michi­gan Sports Hall of Fame is lo­cated.

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