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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


• 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


• 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


• 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


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

Meet The Panel

Before you could vote for the inaugural ESPN Boston Hall of Fame class,
we had to come up with a list of finalists.

That meant pondering all the sports luminaries in the history of Boston
and trimming the list to ... 20. Twenty. Not an easy task.

Rising to the challenge were five brave veterans of the Boston sports scene:

    • Bill Russell
    • Ted Williams
    • Bobby Orr
    • Red Auerbach
    • Larry Bird

    Jackie MacMullan

    Jackie MacMullan is an ESPN analyst who spent nearly 20 years writing for the Boston Globe. She worked on Sports Illustrated's staff from 1995-2000, has written three books and is the first female recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award for "outstanding career achievement in writing basketball.''  More »
    • Bill Russell
    • Ted Williams
    • Bobby Orr
    • Red Auerbach
    • Larry Bird

    Mike Reiss

    Mike Reiss, who joined as a Patriots reporter in September 2009, grew up in Framingham, Mass., and has stayed close to his roots. He first started covering the Patriots in 1997, and from 2005 to 2009 he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL.  More »
    • Bill Russell
    • Ted Williams
    • Bobby Orr
    • Larry Bird
    • Bill Parcells

    Howard Bryant

    Howard Bryant is a senior writer for and ESPN the Magazine. He is the author of "Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston" and "Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball."  More »
    • Bill Russell
    • Ted Williams
    • Bobby Orr
    • Larry Bird
    • Bob Cousy

    Joe McDonald

    Joe McDonald, a native Rhode Islander, joined as a Bruins and Red Sox reporter in February 2010. He has worked at the Providence Journal since 1992, covering the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, PawSox and Providence Bruins for nine years.  More »
    • Bill Russell
    • Ted Williams
    • Bobby Orr
    • Red Auerbach
    • Carl Yastrzemski

    Chris Forsberg

    Chris Forsberg, an Auburn, Mass., native who joined in October 2009, has been reporting on Boston sports since joining The Globe as an intern from Northeastern University in 1999. With video camera in tow, Forsberg covered everything from high schools to the pros.  More »