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4for44for4 Posts: 675 ✭✭✭
edited August 13, 2023 8:45AM in Sports Talk

Mario Lemieux entered the NHL 5 years after Mark Messier, but he entered the HOF 10 years before Messier.

In terms of 1st ballot HOFers………….

Is there any other type of strange occurrence like this in any sport. ? I find this very unusual.

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    GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm not really a hockey guy per say...hey @MarshallFaulk28 I need your hockey trivia on this one... :)

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    thisistheshowthisistheshow Posts: 9,386 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm sure there are quite a few of these that would pertain to guys entering the NFL after Tom Brady but going into the HOF well before him.

    As for the example given in the OP, I had forgotten the details, but Messier began his career 5 years before Lemieux, however....Lemieux was inducted into the HOF immediately following his first retirement (in 1997). Messier ended up playing until 04, and went in 2007. Lemieux unretired and played until 05.

    The above might be off a little.

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    Basebal21Basebal21 Posts: 2,253 ✭✭✭✭

    @thisistheshow said:
    I'm sure there are quite a few of these that would pertain to guys entering the NFL after Tom Brady but going into the HOF well before him.

    As for the example given in the OP, I had forgotten the details, but Messier began his career 5 years before Lemieux, however....Lemieux was inducted into the HOF immediately following his first retirement (in 1997). Messier ended up playing until 04, and went in 2007. Lemieux unretired and played until 05.

    The above might be off a little.

    At the end of Bradys career there were players in the league that werent even born when he got into the league

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    craig44craig44 Posts: 10,531 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ladanian tomlinson started and ended his career and entered the hof during Tommy's career.

    George Brett, Roger Clemens and Tommy Brady.

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    TabeTabe Posts: 5,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Calvin Johnson started high school, went to college, went to the pros, and made the HOF during Tom Brady's NFL career.

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    TabeTabe Posts: 5,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Joey Gallo reached 100 home runs before 100 singles.

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    4for44for4 Posts: 675 ✭✭✭

    @Tabe said:
    Calvin Johnson started high school, went to college, went to the pros, and made the HOF during Tom Brady's NFL career.

    An interesting trivia question would be how many players made the HOF before Brady retired while starting their NFL career after him.

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    4for44for4 Posts: 675 ✭✭✭

    @thisistheshow said:
    I'm sure there are quite a few of these that would pertain to guys entering the NFL after Tom Brady but going into the HOF well before him.

    As for the example given in the OP, I had forgotten the details, but Messier began his career 5 years before Lemieux, however....Lemieux was inducted into the HOF immediately following his first retirement (in 1997). Messier ended up playing until 04, and went in 2007. Lemieux unretired and played until 05.

    The above might be off a little.

    Correct. Lemieux made the HOF in 97 before Gretzky did in 99, but Lemieux played after both retired.

    Messier was 07.

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    daltexdaltex Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Clemente and Mantle, Mays, Banks, Kaline, Aaron. Gehrig and Hornsby and possibly others. It's hard to tell first year of eligibility in the 40s.

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