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

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: A fan views the busts of former inductees prior to this year's induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The games and times have changed, but what hasn’t changed is that there is still a lot to see at the Halls of Fame of tyhe four major sports.Jason Miller/Getty Images

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For the first time since 1965, the Baseball Hall of Fame will induct no living members on Sunday.

That’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?

Baseball is debating how to deal with a generation of players who doped.

Football is trying to squeeze a growing number of players, coaches, and contributors through the same narrow goal posts.

Hockey, once a provincial pastime north of the border, now is a global enterprise that includes women.

And basketball, which includes everyone from high school coaches to NBA stars to Brazilian women, is trying to accommodate them all under its roundball roof.

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