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ESPN NY Hall of Fame

Our inaugural class:

Babe Ruth

Joe DiMaggio

Lou Gehrig

Mickey Mantle

Jackie Robinson

Babe is top vote-getter

The finalists | Photo gallery Photo Gallery

Looking ahead to 2012 »

Note: Active players are not eligible.

• Video: Panelists debate on Hall candidates Video

• Ian O'Connor: Where is Patrick Ewing?

• Andrew Marchand: Babe is king of NYC

• Johnette Howard: Make room for LT

• Wallace Matthews: Ballot of Willis and Joe Willie

• Rob Parker: Remember the Islanders

• Mechelle Voepel: Rise of women's hoops

Each team's fab five:

• Baseball: Yankees | Mets

• Football: Giants | Jets

• Basketball: Knicks | Nets | St. John's | Liberty

• Hockey: Rangers | Islanders | Devils

The ballot of Willis and Joe Willie

Raw stats aren't all that; Reed, Namath are icons because the moment matters

By Wallace Matthews

AP Photo Willis Reed? Joe Namath? Wallace Matthews defends his Hall of Fame picks:  Watch

A Hall of Fame for New York sports should be a unique place, a place to enshrine those athletes whose careers gave us moments that are never to be forgotten, even if their careers as a whole were average at best, or even forgettable.

This is not the Baseball Hall of Fame we're talking about, or the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Naismisth Memorial Basketball Hall of ...

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