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Meet The Panel

8/9/2011


ESPN New York Hall of Fame panel
 
The ESPN New York panelists step up to defend their picks:  WatchVideo

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

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

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



  • TOP PICKS
    • Lou Gehrig

    • Willie Mays

    • Jackie Robinson

    • Babe Ruth

    • Lawrence Taylor

    Ian O'Connor

    Born in the Bronx and raised in New Jersey, Ian O'Connor is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com as well as a host and contributor for ESPN New York 1050 radio. He has won numerous national awards as a sports columnist and is the author of three books, including, "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter."  More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Joe DiMaggio

    • Lou Gehrig

    • Mickey Mantle

    • Babe Ruth

    • Lawrence Taylor

    Andrew Marchand

    Born in New York City, Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork.com. He also regularly contributes to "SportsCenter," "Baseball Tonight," 1050 ESPN New York and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post.  More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Joe DiMaggio

    • Willie Mays

    • Jackie Robinson

    • Babe Ruth

    • Lawrence Taylor

    Johnette Howard

    Longtime New York resident Johnette Howard is a contributing columnist to ESPNNewYork.com and ESPN.com, and is the author of "The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova, Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship."  More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Mickey Mantle

    • Willie Mays

    • Joe Namath

    • Jackie Robinson

    • Babe Ruth

    Rob Parker

    Queens native Rob Parker is a contributing columnist to ESPNNewYork.com and a frequent contributor to ESPN programs such as "First Take." He is a former columnist for Newsday and he covered the Knicks and Nets for the Daily News.  More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Joe Namath

    • Willis Reed

    • Jackie Robinson

    • Babe Ruth

    • Tom Seaver

    Wallace Matthews

    Queens native Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He joined ESPNNewYork.com to cover the Yankees, which he's done since the days of Stump Merrill.  More »