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June 12, 2013 — The concept of fame

This week’s blog post by Steve Locke, the USA Field Hockey executive director, addresses something that has not been done in a decade: electing members to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is, I think, the single most neglected legacy project that the sport has. The Hall inducted a whopping 23 people in its first group, and has elected exactly 18 people since.

I think the Hall is hamstrung by its qualification process, which is delineated in this paragraph from the USFHA website:

The criteria for selection into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame is based on achievement as an athlete and/or coach of a USA Team, including long-term supremacy, innovation and contributions to the sport. To be considered an individual must have been a member of the U.S. National Team for a minimum of five years; and must have been out of competition at the National level for five years. Objective point system takes into account each year a candidate played for, coached, or captained the U.S. National Team, the Olympic Team, an international tournament or a squad representing the U.S. on an international tour.

This means that some important people in the history of the sport in the U.S., including Constance Applebee, Nancy Williams, Joan Walthour, John Greer, and Bea Markwick, are ineligible.

It also is notable that there is not a single male in the roster of honorees — which, given the head start of women’s field hockey vs. the men’s game in the U.S., is understandable. Perhaps that might be something that is rectified for the 2014 vote.