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ESPN Boston Hall of Fame

The five inductees to the inaugural class of the ESPN Boston Hall of Fame (with percent of the nearly 50,000 fan votes):

1. Larry Bird (73.8%)
2. Ted Williams (69.0%)
3. Bill Russell (64.0%)
4. Bobby Orr (50.2%)
5. Red Auerbach (46.4%)

And here are the next five, the early favorites for the 2012 Hall class:

Rocky Marciano (24.1%)
Carl Yastrzemski (19.4%)
Ray Bourque (18.0%)
Pedro Martinez (16.2%)
Bob Cousy (12.5%)

So ... how do you think you did?

Note: The panel considered only players, coaches and executives who are retired or inactive.


• Photo gallery: Meet the Hall of Fame nominees Photo Gallery

• Chris Forsberg: About the Boston Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame panel


FEATURES, OPINIONS

• Howard Bryant: Transformative moments Video

• Mike Reiss: Saving a spot for Brady & Co. Video

• Bill Simmons Sr.: Larry Bird tribute Video

• Gordon Edes: Curious case of Clemens Video

• Jackie MacMullan: The Buckner moment Video

• Hot Button: Who's No. 1, Russell or Orr? Video

• Joe McDonald: O'Reilly was original dirt dog Video

• Chris Forsberg: Beyond the franchise players Video

• Media wing: They connect us with games Video


PANELISTS DEFEND THEIR TOP 5

• Jackie MacMullan: Red did it all Video

• Howard Bryant: Parcells laid foundation Video

• Mike Reiss: Boston Sports 101 Video

• Chris Forsberg: Yaz filled Ted's shoes Video

• Joe McDonald: Cousy a game changer Video


TEAM-BY-TEAM TOP 5s

• Red Sox: Greats from Cy to Pedro Video

• Patriots: Bledsoe, Bruschi make list Video

• Celtics: Plenty to choose from Video

• Bruins: Orr, Neely lead way Video

• Best of: High schools | Colleges

Top 10 teams of last 10 years | Rank 'em


VIDEOS

Which recent championship was greatest? Video

Worst moments in Boston sports Video

Potential media wing nominations Video

Narrowing the field down to 20 Video

Where is the love? Who got left out Video

Where are the championship Patriots? Video


    • Boston University 1948-49, 1951-52; Red Sox 1954-55

      A three-sport phenom at Lynn Classical High, then baseball star and football All-American at BU. A first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, he instead chose to play for the Sox, but died of a massive blood clot after just 157 career games.

    • Celtics coach 1950-66, GM 1966-84, president/vice chairman 1984-2006

      Architect of 16 NBA championships -- nine as coach, seven from the front office -- an unmatched mark. Retired as all-time winningest coach (938). Inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969.

    • Celtics 1979-92

      Three-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion, Larry Legend played 1,061 games (including playoffs) with the Celtics and is second all-time on the team with 21,791 points and first with 1,556 steals. Inducted to the Baskeball Hall of Fame in 1998.

    • Bruins 1979-2000

      Bruins' all-time leader in points (1,506) and games (1,518). Five-time winner of Norris Trophy (top defenseman) and an 18-time All-Star with Boston. Inducted to Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

    • Red Sox 1984-96

      Won three of his record seven Cy Young awards with the Sox, going 192-111 with a 3.06 ERA in 13 seasons with Boston. Won MVP in 1986. Tied with Cy Young for most wins and shutouts (38) in franchise history, and leads Sox with 2,590 career strikeouts.

    • Celtics 1950-63

      The Cooz was the point guard of six NBA championship teams and a 13-time All-Star with the Celtics, and is their all-time leader in assists (6,945). He also was a three-time All-American at Holy Cross, winning a national title and making it to two Final Fours. Inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

    • Bruins 1967-76

      A two-time Stanley Cup champ with Boston, Espo is third in franchise history with 1,012 points and second with 459 goals in just 625 games. Inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.

    • Boston College 1981-84; Patriots 1987-89, 2005

      Put BC on the NCAA map by winning the Heisman Trophy and completing "The Pass" in 1984. He was the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards when he graduated (10,577). Had 11 TD passes in 13 career starts for the Patriots.

    • Patriots 1973-85

      Still considered one of the best offensive linemen of all time, Hannah played his entire career with the Patriots and made nine Pro Bowls. Inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

    • Celtics (1962-78)

      The Celtics' all-time leader in games (1,270) and points (26,395), Hondo won eight NBA titles and was a 13-time All-Star. Inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

    • Celtics 1956-65; Celtics coach 1969-78

      Won eight NBA titles as a player and another two in nine seasons as Celtics coach. Also was an All-American at Holy Cross, and has achieved cult-like status in 30 years as a TV color commentator. Inducted in Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.

    • Boston Marathon 1931-92

      Mr. Boston Marathon, Kelley completed the race 61 times, including in 1992 at age 84. Kelley won the race twice (1935 and '45), was second a record seven times, and had 18 top-10 finishes.

    • Pro boxer 1947-55

      The Brockton Blockbuster is the only boxing champion to end his career undefeated, retiring with a record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts. Inducted in International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

    • Red Sox 1998-2004

      Went 117-37 with the Sox for a franchise-best .760 winning percentage, with a 2.52 ERA and 1,683 strikeouts in 1,382 2/3 innings. Won Cy Young Award in 1999 and 2000, and finished in the top four of Cy Young voting in six of his seven years in Boston. Went 6-2 in the postseason and won Game 3 of the 2004 World Series.

    • Bruins 1986-96

      Fifth all-time on the Bruins with 344 goals in just 525 games during an injury-riddled career. His 50 goals in 44 games in 1993-94 made him the second fastest to that mark in NHL history. The Bruins' all-time leader in playoff goals (57), he helped shape the 2011 Stanley Cup champs in his first season as club president. Inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.

    • Bruins 1966-76

      No. 4 revolutionized hockey and revitalized the sport in Boston with his playmaking and puck handling from the blue line. The accolades are numerous: two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe trophies, two Art Ross trophies, eight straight Norris trophies. Fifth in Bruins history in points (888). Inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.

    • Red Sox 1979-84

      One of the most feared hitters in baseball in the mid-70s to mid-80s. Ranks third in Red Sox history in hits (2,452), HRs (382) and RBIs (1,451). Finished in the top five in AL MVP voting six times, winning the award in 1978 when he led the majors with 46 home runs, 139 RBIs, 15 triples, 406 total bases and 213 hits. Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

    • Celtics 1956-69

      The ultimate winner. In his 13-year career, his Celtics won 11 NBA titles, a feat unmatched by any athlete in any sport. His ferocious defense and rebounding changed the center position. A five-time NBA MVP and the Celtics' all-time leader in rebounds (21,620). The first African-American coach in major pro sports, Russell won two of his titles as player-coach. Inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

    • Red Sox 1939-60

      Teddy Ballgame is still one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. The last player to hit .400 (.406 in 1941), won two Triple Crowns, two MVPs, six batting titles and played in 18 All-Star Games. The Sox all-time leader with 521 home runs, he trails only Babe Ruth in career slugging (.634) and OPS (1.116). His .344 batting average is seventh all time. Inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

    • Red Sox 1961-83

      The Red Sox career leader in games played (3,308, No. 2 all time), hits (3,419, No. 8 all time), runs (1,816) and RBIs (1,844). His storybook "Impossible Dream" season in 1967, when he was the last Triple Crown winner and AL MVP, sparked a resurgence for the Sox's popularity in Boston that continues today. Inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.