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In sports Halls of Fame, who gets in and how?

Nobody on the mowable side of the diamond made the cut this time, so the Baseball Hall of Fame had to go to the graveyard for its newest group of immortals, who’ve been dead for a combined 226 years. Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees owner who paid for The House That Ruth Built, will be enshrined Sunday afternoon along with umpire Hank O’Day, and Deacon White, who retired in 1890.

It will be the first time since 1965 that the Hall has inducted no living members, and it’s indicative of the common challenge confronting the Halls of Fame of the four major sports — when both the game and the times are changing, who should be immortalized and how should they be selected?

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