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The Inaugural Class

You selected five candidates for the first class of the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame.

Our expert panel of Melissa Isaacson, Marc Silverman, Michael Wilbon and Gene Wojciechowski pared down Chicago's greatest athletes of all time to 20 nominees for the inaugural class of five. Check out our panel's picks and join in the discussion.

So who made it? Check out the the first class.

Note: If they're still active, they weren't eligible.

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Isaacson defends her picks: On the clock Video
Silverman defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wilbon defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wojciechowski defends his picks: On the clock Video

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No apologies: Santo belongs in Hall

Lovable character connected with Chicago as player and broadcaster


By Gene Wojciechowski
ESPN.com

Focus on Sport/Getty Images Gene Wojciechowski goes against the clock to defend his pick of Ron Santo for his top five:  Watch

I didn't exactly arm wrestle myself when it came to putting Ron Santo in my inaugural Chicago Hall of Fame final five. Truth is, it didn't take more than a nanosecond or two to decide.

What's there not to love about Santo? He was as Chicago as Billy Goat Tavern, as popular as a two-for-one happy hour on Western Ave., and as accomplished ...

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